PDQ South Injection Technologies is diversifying and expanding its tool room capabilities at its Pageland, S.C., operation.
The firm plans to add third-party mold servicing and metal machining to its currently captive tool shop.
“Our existing tool shop is integrated with our injection molding business,” explained PDQ Chief Operating Officer Dan Rizzo in a telephone interview. “We will continue with that and add services to other molders and machine metal parts such as gears and plates for the southeastern U.S. market.”
PDQ will relocate its tool shop from Monroe, N.C., to Pageland by mid-April. Late last year it expanded its machinery slate when it bought assets of a former tool shop in Lancaster, S.C., and also added a Makino wire EDM.
Rizzo estimated PDQ has spent $1 million to $1.5 million to buy machining equipment, relocate it to Pageland and install it in a newly built, 12,000-square-foot building next to its original building. The firm also recently bought an existing building next door and converted it to a warehouse.
The original plan was to convert the existing building to a tool shop but PDQ was running out of space and needed a brand new facility for its machine shop activities. That makes three buildings next to each other in Pageland.
On the injection molding side of the business, PDQ does a mixture of short- and long-run custom molding and captive molding of items like its Pikit grabber tool and a dog bowl. Custom molding work includes tools, hardware, lawn and garden, water heaters, retail consumer products and utilities. It runs 15 injection presses with clamp forces from 55 to 720 tons. Four of the presses were acquired since 2010.
“We have a solid plan for the integrated tooling and manufacturing segments of our business,” stated PDQ owner R.T. Wallace in a news release. “It provides the opportunity to implement tool maintenance programs for other injection molders in the area, and it will maximize the capabilities of our five-axis machining in providing tight-tolerance precision machined parts.”
Rizzo said sales last year were about $3 million. PDQ employs 30 and expects to add another six as it further develops its tooling business. In total the company occupies nearly 35,000 square feet of space. Wallace originally founded the company as PDQ Plastics in the late 1980s. Chesterfield County incentives and programs are assisting with PDQ's projects.