WOODSTOCK, ILL. (April 17, 3:10 p.m. ET) — AdvanTech Plastics LLC has started up a second injection molding plant in Woodstock to capture more caps, closures and medical product markets.
AdvanTech owner and CEO Al Zoller said machinery in the new plant will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We continue to grow and expand in packaging and medical,” Zoller said in a telephone interview.
Commercial production at the site started April 17. Zoller started the new plant with five injection molding machines, mostly Husky models.
In total, AdvanTech runs 25 presses with clamping forces up to 400 tons. The firm plans to buy another five for the new facility and eventually add clean room capability.
Zoller did not disclose the cost of the expansion. AdvanTech occupies about a third of the new 65,000-square-foot building and leases out the rest. Its original plant has 26,000 square-feet of space.
The new plant has high capacity material handling rail spurs and silos. It will focus on long-run production jobs and is highly automated.
Zoller founced AdvanTech Plastics in 1986.
One of AdvanTech's specialites is two shot molding. Some its medical products comprise a polypropylene closure overmolded with a thermoplastic elastomer device. It offers secondary services such as tooling, prototyping, pad printing, assembly and sonic welding.
Plastics News estimated in its annual survey of Injection molders that the company had sales of about $10 million in 2010.
Other important markets for AdvanTech include automotive, industrial and electronic.