RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF. (March 14, 2:20 p.m. ET) — Newly created injection molder Pres-Tek Plastics Inc. aims to develop technology solutions and turnkey packages for existing customers of sister firm Prestige Mold Inc.
Pres-Tek was established in February.
“We are running two presses in our shop now,” said Donna Pursell, CEO of Prestige, president of Pres-Tek and owner of both.
Pres-Tek Plastics is taking shape in the building next to the Prestige site in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Plans call for the acquisition and installation of 12 new injection molding presses. Discussions with press makers are underway.
“We have initiated development of a world-class molding technology center,” Pursell said. Prestige created an injection molding department in 2005. Geoff Lowery is production manager for injection molding.
The business leased the adjacent 17,285-square-foot building effective Nov. 15 and anticipates by July 1 completing tenant improvements costing more than $500,000.
The improvements will include a 5,000-square-foot Class 100,000 clean room, a 2,800-square-foot controlled-environment white room and provisions to facilitate eventual ISO 13485 audit and certification.
The creation of Pres-Tek responds to Prestige customers' demand for support in design, development and manufacturing of new products and technologies. “Our art-to-part business model will include product design and development through turnkey production systems,” said Phil Estrada, Prestige business development manager.
The clean room will test, qualify and validate tooling, mold parts for existing customers and, with partners, develop next-generation technologies.
Pres-Tek will use three bays in the white room for development of turnkey systems ranging from a single tool to all-inclusive press, tool, automation and assembly systems. Once completed, a system will move to a customer site for long-run production requirements. Pres-Tek will have a temporary clean room enclosure for white-room-developed systems.
Currently, Prestige Mold employs 68 and occupies 28,000 square feet, its home since 1995. The current injection molding machines are a 160-ton Husky Hylectric and an all-electric 300-ton Toyo.