GREEN BAY, WIS. (Jan. 11, 3:40 p.m. ET) — Wisconsin Plastics Inc. plans to spend about $1 million to expand and modernize custom injection molding capacity at its Green Bay plant.
The private company will buy four hydraulic-electric hybrid Negri Bossi injection presses and robots over the next year, said President Jim Christensen in a telephone interview.
“It's new technology to replace older equipment and increase capacity,” said Christensen. The presses will be in the 135 to 600 ton range and were chosen for their high-speed, high-tolerance repeatability. Overall, the firm's press tonnage range is 55 to 1,000 tons.
Wisconsin Plastics comprises several divisions including one for design and development and a metalworking unit. The five plastics businesses employ 225 and occupy nearly 160,000 square feet, including warehousing and distribution.
“We focus on OEMs, furniture, medical and lawn and garden,” Christensen explained.
The Christensen family owns Wisconsin Plastics. Its origin was as a metalworking house in 1972 which diversified into plastics ten years later.