MEBANE, N.C. (Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m. ET) — Technical Precision Plastics Inc. is boosting the capacity of its Haina, Dominican Republic, facility with the addition of three Milacron Robotshot molding machines. The company plans to enlarge the facility by mid 2012.
The company will add two 165 ton presses and one 275 press by the end of November to support the increasing demand from existing customers and the addition of new customers, according to general manager Rick Malec, in an email response to questions.
The expansion will bring the number of presses at the Dominican Republic facility to eight. The company established Technical Precision Plastics Dominica Ltd in 2009 to provide clean room medical molding services to medical device companies in the Dominican Republic.
Malec said the 12,000 square feet Haina plant has 22 employees and operates in the PIISA Industrial Park, a free trade zone. He said the company plans to boost the space to 20,000 square feet by June 2012, to meet increasing demand.
The company's main facility in Mebane, N.C., has 36 presses ranging in size from 55 tons to 350 tons. It has 135 employees.
Malec said the North Carolina plant specializes in multi-shot molding, running both two and three-shot machines. It is planning to boost its three-shot capacity in the first quarter of 2012.
TPP formed in Mebane in 1984 and has grown since. It has a 50,000 square foot facility and added a 26,000 square foot annex in 2006. It serves a varied customer base, including the aerospace, agricultural, automotive, consumer, medical and textile industries.