Muncie-based injection molder and mold maker TomKen Plastic Technologies Inc. has expanded with a larger facility and new presses and auxiliary equipment.
The additional 15,000-square-foot building is connected to TomKen's Muncie manufacturing plant by a corridor.
The addition has an automated material-handling system and silo, a 10-ton overhead crane and automation equipment for the presses — one with 310 tons of clamping force, the other 1,100 tons, General Manager Bruce Carmichael said in a June 5 telephone interview.
TomKen also has a separate warehouse, bringing its total space to 55,000 square feet.
TomKen launched in 1960 as a mold maker and added molding to its operations in 2000. That side of the business has steadily expanded through recent years, Carmichael said.
“We're pretty much a turnkey company now,” he said. “We can do the whole package.”
The bulk of TomKen's molding is for functional auto parts, such as components for door-handle assemblies and heating and cooling vents. It recently has received business from a cross section of customers for parts for the 2013 model year, prompting the expansion. Production on those parts launches this summer.
The firm now has 22 injection molding machines, the bulk of them ranging in size from 100-400 tons. The new 1,100-ton press is TomKen's biggest and gives it more production flexibility, Carmichael said.
The company currently employs 46, but expects to add as many as six more people as it brings in more business.