Tech Molded Plastics Inc. has completed a 38,000-square-foot expansion to its plant in Meadville, Pa.
The company, which announced the project a year ago, acquired an adjoining facility, nearly doubling its size to 92,000 square feet, and attached a corridor to connect it to the main building.
With an investment of more than $2 million, the facility's upgrades include plasticizing technology for high-precision models, computerized monitoring of plastics processes and advanced training certification in plastics processing from RJG Inc. of Traverse City, Mich.
The facility began phasing in production in late December, according to Mark Hanaway, Tech Molded vice president.
Tech Molded specializes in close-tolerance molded plastics for high-precision products and now maintains 33 injection molding machines at the site, ranging in clamping forces from 40-440 tons.
The expansion holds 12 of the 33 presses, with room to add up to 20 more within the next three years.
The company said it has targeted the purchase of two to four new injection molding machines in the next three months.
“One of the greatest hurdles for innovators to overcome is the regulatory compliance rules and regulations for job growth, facility investments and non-value-added oversight by local, state and federal guidelines,” Hanaway said. “The system has become far too complicated and slow for small businesses to effectively manage growth opportunities.”
The new facility includes a dedicated training center that will be used to enhance workers' existing skills, as well as for continuous education classes and basic training for new employees.
Tech currently employs 125 and has job openings ranging from entry level to senior management.
The addition will optimize production with efficient overhead lighting fixtures, energy-conserving windows, a climate-control system and inventory management processes using enterprise/manufacturing resource planning technologies, the company said.