By Dan Hockensmith, Plastics News staff
Dale, Indiana -- Heavy-gauge thermoformer Spencer Industries Inc. plans to increase capacity at its plant in Hampton, South Carolina, adding 12 jobs, officials said.
According to the SouthernCarolina Alliance, a regional economic development agency, Dale, Indina-based Spencer will spend $1.2 million in improvements at the site.
"We are pleased to announce that we have already hired two new employees and plan to hire ten more over the next eighteen months," plant manager Todd Warren said in the release."We are bringing in more advanced production equipment to improve our production capabilities, and we are upgrading our facility."
Spencer officials were not immediately available for additional comment.
According to the firm's website, the Hampton plant covers 40 000-sq.ft (3716-sq.m) and has four rotary pressure thermoforming machines, a shuttle thermoformer for short-run applications, product development and research; and a five-axis thermoformer with computer numerically controlled trimming. The operation includes secondary fabrication and assembly as well as a warehouse.
Founded in 1981 in Dale, Spencer began with 58 employees. It thermoforms heavy-gauge plastic products in high-impact polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, high molecular weight and high density polyethylene, polypropylene, thermoplastic olefins, thermoplastic urethanes, PVC, PET and polycarbonate, and extrudes its own sheet in HIPS, ABS, HDPE and TPOs, as well as sheet with the following capstocks: ASA acrylonitrile, styrene, acrylate copolymer, Korad film and acrylic.
In 2008, Spencer bought the former T.O. Plastics Inc. thermoforming operation in Hampton.
According to Plastics News' most recent industry ranking, Spencer was the 42nd largest North American thermoformer, with sales in 2008 of $32 million. Its markets include automotive, recreational vehicles, camping, drainage and tanning beds.