Plastic Components Inc. recently purchased a 15,000-square-foot facility two blocks from the custom injection molder's current 42,000-square-foot headquarters in Germantown, Wis.
According to a May 4 news release, management recognized that the additional building was necessary to support the company's growth, both from the existing customer base as well as new market opportunities.
The first wave of new equipment will consist of four production cells, built around new 55-ton Toyo electric presses, Teresa Schell, PCI's marketing manager, said in the release.
The facility will be equipped with a full array of support equipment, as well as with IQMS Enterprise Resource Planning software and RJG eDart closed-loop process control systems.
A portion of the floor plan will be devoted to a clean environment to support medical and food processing-related molding.
In a May 4 email, Schell said PCI paid $850,000 for the facility a former metal fabrication plant plus $200,000 for upgrades to the offices.
This facility will be our opportunity to take all of the knowledge and experience that we accumulated over 22 years, and apply it to a new operation that we believe will be the most advanced of its kind in the industry, PCI President Tom Duffey said in a May 4 message. This is more than an expansion of our production capacity; this new facility represents our opportunity to continue to refine and enhance our position as a recognized industry leader.
According to Schell, the company will run the new plant as a lights-out operation, and has hired a project engineer from Ferris State University who will start in May and two Ferris State process technician interns, who will being working in June, to aid in the launch of the facility.
According to the release, PCI achieved 34 percent sales growth in the first quarter of 2011 over the year-ago period, and the trend is likely to continue.
PCI has been certified to ISO 13485 since April 2010 and ISO 9001-2000 since 1997.
The company was Plastics News' Processor of the Year for 2008.
PCI ranked among North American injection molders in PN's most recent survey, with 2010 sales of $15 million.
The company employs 53 and runs 46 injection molding machines, with clamping forces of 35-300 tons.