SAULT ST. MARIE, MICH. (Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET) — Hoover Precision Products LLC plans to start construction next spring on an expansion to its manufacturing plant in Sault St. Marie that will boost its clean room manufacturing for the medical industry.
That 13,000 square foot expansion, which will include an 8,000 square foot clean room, will boost the overall size of the plant to 60,000 square feet when it is completed in late 2012. Current plans are to add three injection molding machines for the new clean room.
The company currently has a 2,000 square foot Class 8 clean room for medical, and the Sault St. Marie plant has seven all-electric injection molding machines, ranging in size from 165-240 tons, and five hydraulic injection molding machines, ranging from 55-120 tons.
Hoover Precision Products LLC—a long-time manufacturer of medical assay beads used in medical diagnostic testing, has also been making plastic injection molded parts for medical devices and plastic substrates for EIA/RIA and DNA PCR since 2003.
The company said it annually makes more than 450 million polystyrene assay beads and other plastic balls that are used in diagnostic testing in the medical market.
According to the company's website, plastic balls are injection molded, and plastic spheres are manufactured from extruded rod. Other uses for the plastic balls are as lightweight check balls, track balls and plug balls.
Hoover Precision Products LLC is a plastic injection molding company is the specialty division of Hoover Precision Products Inc., based in Cumming, Ga.
Hoover Precision Products Inc. is a manufacturer of high precision balls—made from plastics, metals and ceramics—for the automotive, aerospace, energy/infrastructure, industrial and medical markets.
Hoover Precision Products Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tsubaki Nakashima Co. Ltd., which is headquartered in Nara, Japan.