An injection molder has spent more than $2 million this year to add manufacturing capacity and assembly capabilities to a facility that previously only handled tooling work.
And Viking Plastics is not done yet.
The company's plant in Jeffersonville, Ind., which has installed two additional injection molding machines and assembly cells, plans to install three more by the end of September.
The decision to expand in Jeffersonville into parts manufacturing came "increasing demands from a key HVAC customer," the company has said.
"The addition of two more molding machines and additional assembly lines in Indiana will allow our customer to capture more market share and improve logistics efficiencies in the supply chain," said Shawn Gross, vice president of culture and business development, in a statement. "This also improves productivity in our Indiana facility and enhances our utilization of assets."
Up until this change, the Jeffersonville site only worked on new injection mold tooling, machining and tool repair, the Corry, Pa.-based company said. Parts molding took place at other company locations in the United States, Mexico, China and Brazil.
Viking's $2 million spend includes a new cooling water system as well as a new material handling and drying system in Jeffersonville.
Viking operates out of a 40,000-square-foot location in Jeffersonville. Additional improvements there included upgraded electricity and integration of robots.
The plant has hired 18 people in conjunction with the expansion and has moved from running one shift per day to three shifts, the company recently said.