Vandor Corp. is bolstering its plastics division by raising its production capability by about 50 percent and adding four custom multishot Arburg presses.
The company recently moved its Starmark Funeral Products division to a different facility about a mile away, allowing its plastics division to take control of its 119,000-square-foot facility, according to Rick Brown, marketing manager at Vandor. The plastics division had previously occupied about 75,000 square feet.
As part of the expansion, Vandor has added four new multishot molding machines and 30 new multishot tools as it prepares for full automotive production by June. Two of the new presses have 120 tons of clamping force, while the other two are 275 tons.
The units and rotary tables are custom-designed and built by Multiject LLC in partnership with Plasdan Group.
Vandor currently has 88 employees and 23 presses that range from 85-1,000 tons.
Vandor also hired Jeff Creigmile as operations manager of the division and Debbie Lewis as quality supervisor. Creigmile has more than 30 years' experience in single and in-mold multishot molding and is responsible for daily operations on the manufacturing floor. Lewis has 26 years' experience, while formerly working at a Tier 1 auto supplier. She is helping the company to implement, audit and maintain ISO 9001 certification standards.
Brown said the expansion came about as both divisions needed more space. The plastics division includes Reel Options, a producer of reels and KD Flanges for wire and cable, as well as other industries. Vandor also owns Enviromold plastics, a brand that stresses reprocessed and reground plastics.
Besides injection molding, the company also offers thermoforming and extrusion.