Rotational molder Redline Plastics is adding new machinery as the company continues to grow.
The Manitowoc, Wis.-based company said the four-arm, five-station independent-arm carousel rotational molding machine should be fully operating by late November.
"There continues to be a strong market for quality rotationally molded products," said Nick Murray, vice president of operations, in a statement. "Adding a machine is the best way to ensure that we can deliver what our customers need on time, as well as making machine time available to new customers."
The new machine is a Ferry Industries Inc. RotoSpeed RS4-330 model, which matches four existing machines at the company.
Adding the same model "allows the company to replicate the setup and training for employees who will crew the new station. This efficiency will allow the company to quickly integrate the added capacity into their operations," Redline said.
The company also pointed to project scheduling flexibility created by having an additional, identical machine. This will allow for quicker order turnaround and delivery, Redline said.
"Gaining an additional oven is just one more way to meet customer needs," officials said.
Redline executives said the company has worked to minimize delays at a time when supply chain disruptions across manufacturing is causing problems.
Redline Plastics makes rotationally molded, vacuum-formed and line-bent plastic products. The company also makes fiberglass-reinforced plastics for the construction and marine markets. Redline further makes leather and textile products for the powersports industry.
Redline Plastics began in 1922 as Dow Canvas, a maker of products for the tent and awning industry. The firm moved into rotational molding and vacuum forming in 2016 with the purchase of Premier Plastics Inc. and renamed itself Redline.
News of the additional machine comes after Redline invested $6 million to build an additional 103,000 square feet of manufacturing space in 2021.
At that time, the company said the project included the purchase of an additional rotational molding machine and would provide enough space to more machinery as demand warranted.
Redline ranked 40th in the most recent Plastics News list of rotational molders in North America with annual sales of $14.5 million in that business segment.