As CH3 Solutions LLC brings in bigger equipment and bigger business, the open space on its manufacturing floor is shrinking. This has led the company to swap out some of its smaller-tonnage injection molding machines as it makes room for the big ones.
For a time, CH3 Solutions had up to nine injection molding machines at its 90,000-square-foot facility in Dalton, Ga., but it sold most of the small machines and is now outsourcing some of those molding jobs, according to Vice President Rodney Davenport.
It's all part of the "big" strategy. The company has invested "close to a million dollars" in plant infrastructure upgrades, injection molding machinery and auxiliary equipment in recent months.
"It's almost like every year we're doubling," he said in a phone interview with Plastics News.
The company is still relatively young — it was established in 2015 — but Davenport expects the molding business to reach at least 20 percent growth year over year.
Additionally, CH3 Solutions has expanded its capacity with a new customer thanks to the acquisition activity of its parent company, the Recreational Group.
The parent organization, based out of the same building as CH3 Solutions in Dalton, owns several companies that specialize in the design, manufacturing and installation of recreational surfaces for residential and commercial applications.
In December 2019, the Recreational Group bought Swisstrax Corp., which sells plastic modular tiles used as floor covering in garages, hangars and event spaces. Swisstrax previously outsourced the tooling and molding operations. Now, CH3 Solutions handles that work in-house.
Davenport said the extra business from Swisstrax could bring in an estimated $1 million in sales for the year. It was also a catalyst for more investments at CH3 Solutions.
"With the acquisitions that … Recreational Group has been making, it's growing our molding larger, which in turn is bringing in bigger equipment, bigger molds, more material usage," he said.