Custom injection molder Elite Plastic Products Inc. recently boosted its space by 50 percent with a move to a nearby 36,000-square-foot facility in Shelby Township, Mich.
The company moved from a 24,000-square-foot space at the end of October, and is starting to add new machinery, said General Manager Mary Sutter.
The latest addition is a 110-ton Toshiba all-electric injection press, Sutter said in a recent telephone interview.
Elite now has a total of 23 injection molding machines, ranging in size from 55-400 tons of clamping force.
“We've had new opportunities and we have been expanding our global tooling footprint as well as our value-added services,” Sutter said.
She said the custom molder is doing more insert molding and assembly work. Elite was formed in 1995; this is the company's second expansion.
The company makes tooling and parts for automotive and other customers.
The new Shelby Township location, which is a short walk from the company's old facility, came about with the help of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development in Mount Clemens, Mich., according to Sutter. Shelby Township approved a five-year, 50 percent tax abatement on Elite's investment, which it listed as a $2.5 million project.
As part of the deal, the company has agreed to hire as many as 20 new employees in the next two years. Sutter said the company already has added eight people to the payroll, upping its workforce to 38.
Elite Plastic also has a sister company, Elite Mold & Engineering Inc. in Shelby Township. That company specializes in low-volume and prototype tooling and molding.