Injection molder and contract manufacturer Mack Molding Inc. is investing $5.4 million into its North Carolina and Vermont facilities in response to increased demand and favorable tax changes.
The expansion and upgrade plans of the company founded in 1920 will create about 100 new jobs in the two states.
The bulk of the investment, about $4.4 million, is going to Statesville, N.C., to bolster capabilities for large-part production, while the balance will go to three sites in Vermont: in Arlington, where the company is headquartered, East Arlington and Cavendish.
Mack operates 11 sites worldwide to serve medical, industrial, transportation, energy, consumer and computer and business equipment markets.
The major end markets for the Statesville site are heavy-duty trucks, golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, and lawn and garden equipment. The Arlington site serves medical and other markets. Mack's investment there will be used for orthopedic, case and tray work, a company spokesman told Plastics News in an email.
“The resurgence of manufacturing in the United States is strong, and Mack has been aggressive in ensuring we are well-positioned to seize the opportunity presented to us,” President Jeff Somple said in a news release: “From attracting new, exciting programs in the areas of robotics and 3D printing, to planning ahead for executing on infrastructure and equipment needs upon the passage of tax reform, we continue the company's long-standing tradition of collectively moving us and our customers forward together.”
Mack announced in February that its Statesville site will get two Milacron hydraulic molding machines, 54,000 square feet of warehouse space, eight press bays, and a 12,000-square-foot room for paint mixing, tool room storage and finishing work. Three new sections are being built onto the existing 125,000-square-foot facility. The new warehouse will be constructed adjacent to it.
Mack expects to hire about 50 people for tooling, engineering, processing and support functions in Statesville, which currently employs about 250.
The Vermont upgrades are centered around new equipment and daily operations. A fully automated laser for sheet metal fabrication and two computerized machining centers were recently delivered to Arlington, where the company has been expanding capabilities to handle specialty materials and thickness of gauges while increasing capacity for milling and turning.
In Cavendish and East Arlington, Mack added an automated work cell and resin drying system and made forklift and crane upgrades.