MRPC expands, scouts regional acquisitions

MRPC, fresh off a 40% surge in sales last year, expects to break ground in the fall for a 15,000-sq-ft expansion at its headquarters plant in Butler, WI. The expansion is expected to be completed in April or May 2014.

"We plan to add a Class 100,000 cleanroom there and free up space in our current building," Mark Brandstaetter, VP of sales and marketing, said in an interview at MD&M West, which opened today in Anaheim, CA.

The company recently added two injection molding machines: a 250-ton hybrid Toshiba and a 55-ton all-electric Toshiba. About 80% of the 35 molding machines in the Butler plants are located in cleanrooms. MRPC also operates 10 liquid injection molding machines for silicone at a plant in Largo, FL that was acquired last year. The Largo plant has a white room.

MRPC, which is a family owned company founded in 1921, specializes in two-material molding combinations involving liquid silicone rubber, rubber, metals, and engineering plastics. Manufacturing capabilities include LIM, thermoplastics and compression/transfer molding as well as silicone extrusion.

"We're at about $30 million in sales now, and we're pushing toward $40 million in three to four years," Brandstaetter said in the interview. MRPC is scouting more acquisitions, with a particular focus on adding regional manufacturing capabilities. Target areas include California and the northeastern United States.

About 85 to 90% of the company's business is in medical applications. Types of products made at the company include seals for laparoscopic medical devices, micro-molded electromechanical implantable devices,  and various instrument parts.

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