With the addition of over $1.5 million in new equipment, Davies Molding LLC is not only updating its production capabilities but adding more capacity and secondary services for future growth.
“Davies Molding is most commonly recognized as a leading manufacturer of proprietary knobs and handles, but we are so much more. This investment into our capabilities shows our commitment to meeting our customers' needs today as well as provide a platform for future growth. We are well positioned now but will continue to search for opportunities for improvement through people, process or technology,” said Derran Smith, president of Carol Stream, Ill.-based Davies Molding, in an email statement.
The company added a Multiplas 270-ton rotary vertical injection molding machine along with three Toshiba horizontal EC servo electric machines. They have 110 tons, 250 tons and 390 tons of clamping force, respectively.
Davies Molding is both adding and replacing machinery. It now has 26 injection molding machines, ranging from 25 to 500 tons, as well as 40 compression presses, ranging from 50 to 400 tons. The injection molding presses include horizontal, vertical, rotary, shuttle and 2-shot machines.
The company also added an Epilog laser engraver and three Brother high-speed 14 spindle CNC machines with fixtures. It does many secondary services and has a fully staffed tool room.
Davies Molding makes all sorts of knobs and handles that are used for grills, power tools, industrial machinery and almost anything that you can think of. It got start in 1933 and has grown into new markets, and also does custom molding. It molds products for the automotive, food and beverage, oil and gas, and electrical markets.
Overall, Davies Molding has experienced 18 percent growth from the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015. It credits its culture and diversity in markets for the growth.
The company has 120 employees, having added several new executives, supervisors and technical employees at its 99,000 square foot facility.
Davies Molding plans to continue to replace machinery as the need arises, and also to expand its packaging capabilities in mid-2015.