AdvanTech Plastics LLC has started a second injection molding plant in Woodstock, Ill., to make caps, closures and medical products.
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,” he said in a telephone interview.
Commercial production at the site started April 17. Zoller opened the new plant with five injection molding machines, mostly Husky models.
In total, the Woodstock-based company runs 25 injection presses, with clamping forces up to 400 tons. The firm plans to buy another five preses for the new facility and eventually will add clean room capability, according to Zoller.
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 founded AdvanTech Plastics in 1986.
One of the company's specialties is two-shot molding. Its medical-product lineup includes a polypropylene closure overmolded with thermoplastic elastomer.
The company also 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 electronics.