BREA, CALIF. (July 14, 1 p.m. ET) — Con-Tech Plastics invested nearly $300,000 for a Class 100,000 clean room and an electric 110-ton Toshiba injection molding machine.
Huntair Inc. of Tualatin, Ore., installed the 525-square-foot Servicor-brand modular clean room, which enables Con-Tech to pursue additional medical business, said Ralph Riehl, Con-Tech president.
The Toshiba EC110 and a 175-ton Engel hydraulic press operate in the clean room, which was certified in February 2010.
“We took on new products with the advent of the clean room,” said Vern Meurer, vice president. Those included a clean room-assembled breath analyzer and a sleep apnea unit.
“We are looking at some prescription packaging that would involve green materials, specifically PLA,” Meurer said. PLA is bio-based polylactic acid resin.
Prior to its clean room era, Brea-based Con-Tech was molding some disposable medical products as well as housings and components for heart-treatment equipment.
In its general molding area, Con-Tech operates nine hydraulic presses of 10-575 tons
Con-Tech is working with longtime customers on new programs to supply components for large water treatment plants.
Con-Tech employs 40, occupies 26,000 square feet and had sales of $3.5 million for the fiscal year ended March 31.
Con-Tech was established in leased quarters in Yorba Linda, Calif., in 1986.
Riehl and Meurer acquired the business in 1989 and purchased, and relocated in 1996 to, a 1.7-acre lot and their current 36,000-square-foot building. They sublet 10,000 square feet to a tenant.
Riehl and Meurer co-own Ramtec Associates Inc., which does business as Con-Tech Plastics.