New Jersey-based packaging, device and component molder Comar LLC is expanding again, this time on the U.S. East Coast.
The company announced June 2 that it is building a 159,000-square-foot injection molding and assembly plant in Vineland, N.J., a few miles from Comar's existing plant in Buena, N.J.
The announcement comes less than four months after Comar announced plans to build a 230,000-square-foot molding plant in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
"This investment builds on our new West Coast facility — Rancho 2.0 — and represents another exciting milestone for our organization," CEO Mike Ruggieri said in a news release.
"Our Buena plant has provided the engine for much of our growth over the decades. This next critical step of adding footprint, infrastructure and capacity will ensure that we continue to delight our customers and drive our growth moving forward."
The company said the new plant will be ISO 13485-certified for medical device manufacturing, current good manufacturing practice compliant, FDA registered, and house injection molding and assembly and finishing machines, with additional capacity to support long-term growth. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by March 2021.
The project will include increased space for injection molding, assembly and finishing operations, warehouse and storage space, more dedicated product cells and an improved quality lab.
The Buena plant will remain open.
"I am extremely excited about both our current Buena and new Vineland facilities," Buena Plant Manager Linda Kershner said in the release. "The new Vineland location allows us to create a best-in-class GMP compliant work environment right from the start and at the same time gives us the opportunity to refresh and optimize our Buena site."
The new Rancho Cucamonga plant is replacing existing Comar plants in Rancho Cucamonga and Garden Grove, Calif. The new plant is scheduled to start production by the end of 2020.
Voorhees, N.J.-based Comar was founded in 1949, and it is principally owned by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Comar ranked No. 22 on Plastics News' North American blow molders list with $125 million in sales in 2018. The company has eight manufacturing and distribution locations.
In January, Comar also announced the purchase of Woodville, Wis.-based medical injection molding specialist iMark Molding Inc.