Hoover Precision Products LLC plans to start construction next spring on an expansion to its manufacturing plant in Sault Ste. 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 Ste. Marie plant has seven all-electric injection molding machines, ranging from 165-240 tons of clamping force, and five hydraulic injection molding machines, ranging from 55-120 tons.
Hoover Precision Products LLC — a longtime manufacturer of medical assay beads used in medical diagnostic testing, also has been making plastic injection molded parts for medical devices 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, the plastic balls are injection molded and plastic spheres are made from extruded rod. Other uses for the plastic balls are as lightweight check balls, track balls and plug balls.
Hoover Precision Products LLC, a plastics injection molder, is the specialty division of Hoover Precision Products Inc., based in Cumming, Ga.
Hoover Precision Products Inc. manufactures high-precision balls — from plastics, metals and ceramics — for the automotive, aerospace, energy and infrastructure, industrial and medical markets.