Cleveland — By the end of June, Avantech Inc., which makes molds for rotational molding and thermoforming, will move its headquarters, sales and engineering staff, plus its computer numerically controlled machining operations, into a newly built 43,000-square-foot facility in Baxter, Minn.
The Avantech headquarters factory is located across the street from thermoformer Lindar Corp. Lindar founder and CEO Thomas Haglin bought Lakeland Mold Co. in Brainerd, Minn. in 2012. The mold maker changed its name to Avantech two years later.
Avantech President Tom Innis discussed the move in an interview at the company's booth at the Society of Plastics Engineers during the Society of Plastics Engineers' Rotational Molding conference in Cleveland.
Innis said the operations will be all moved in by June 27.
Avantech's pattern shop and cast-aluminum foundry will remain in Brainerd until the lease there expires in 2017. Then, in phase two of the plan, those operations will move into a 24,000-square-foot addition in Baxter.
Avantech makes cast aluminum, CNC aluminum and fabricated tooling. Innis said rotomolding is still a major focus, but the company has been growing in the molds for the thermoforming market.