GARRETT, IND. (April 18, 4:50 p.m. ET) — Mossberg Industries Inc., a maker of plastic spools and reels, is expanding its headquarters plant in Garrett, Ind., after the city council approved tax abatements April 17.
Mossberg will expand its 85,000-square-foot building by another 45,000 square feet, said Jim Khorshid, vice president.
“Our main goal is to improve product flow through the building. We're going to be moving all our existing machinery lines in the new building, which will immensely help our product flow,” he said.
The addition will have a higher ceiling and an overhead crane.
Mossberg extrudes the cores for its spools, and injection molds the ends, called the flange. The company also molds pails.
Garrett City Council approved a $1.9 million tax abatement on construction improvements and a $250,000 abatement for equipment.
Khorshid said the equipment abatement includes more work to update an extrusion line, buy molds and possibly add an injection molding machine in the future.
Mossberg needs more capacity, and the addition gives company officials flexibility to add at least 10 more injection presses, if needed.
“We're hoping to grow through time and we'd be able to meet any of our customers' needs because we'll have the space,” Khorshid said.
Mossberg also runs a small plant in Ontario, Calif.
Mossberg used to make reels and spools out of steel and wood. Nearly a century ago, leading wire producers approached Eber Hubbard of the Chicago Manufacturing & Welding Co. He formed Hubbard Spool Co., to produce steel spools for packaging copper wire.
In 1970, Hubbard Spool joined with Mossberg Industries to design and manufacture reels and spools for makers of wire and cable products, rope, fiber optics, hose, tubing and other linear products.
About 40 years ago, Mossberg switched to making plastic reels exclusively. The company can design customized products.
Khorshid said Mossberg recently developed the Reel-Turnable system of reels that knock down and can be easily returned, saving freight costs. The company also takes back reels and uses the regrind to make new ones.