SALISBURY, N.C. (July 8, 1:40 p.m. ET) — Custom Plastic Forming Inc. is expanding its thin-gauge thermoforming capability with the opening of a 6,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Salisbury by Aug. 1, according to company officials.
“This is a further expansion of our in-line forming side,” Vice President Elaine Martin said in a conference call that included plant manager Billy Harris and sales manager Bill Clark.
The new setup is located a few miles from the firm's main facility in Salisbury, and will include three production lines. It will have a Sencorp 2500 thermoformer machine, as well as two Lyle 130 machines.
Officials said the setup will provide a temperature-controlled, clean-room-type environment for customers that need more control over the process.
Custom Plastic Forming, which does design, engineering and tooling as well as heavy- and thin-gauge thermoforming, employs about 45. The company added six people in recent weeks to prepare for the opening of the new building.
Harris said the company has quality controls and is ISO-compliant. It commonly works with customers from product concept through production.
The company, a subsidiary of Custom Golf Cart Supply Inc., started in 1993, according to Martin. “We started with the golf-cart industry with aftermarket accessories, such as sun tops,” she said.
The company started with one heavy-gauge machine. It now has five heavy-gauge machines and four in-line, thin-gauge formers. The thin-gauge machines can be used for packaging, including trays and clamshells, as well as point-of-purchase displays.
The company also does automotive and electronics work. The heavy-gauge lines are sheet-fed.