Evco Plastics, a leading plastics manufacturing company with nine manufacturing facilities located throughout the world, recently broke ground on a 31,025-square-foot expansion at its facility in Oshkosh, WI. The expansion will position Evco to meet increasing demand for large-part molding across a variety of industries and applications.
“After assessing our customers’ needs, we knew it was the right time to once again expand the physical space and capabilities at our Oshkosh facility,” said Evco President Dale Evans. “This addition will help us meet our customers’ high expectations and long-term production goals.”
Part of the addition will house two new 2,400- and 3,500-ton presses, with space remaining for two more large-tonnage machines. Dryers, portable chillers and other auxiliary equipment will be added to support the new presses and increased production capacity. The remaining space will be used to store molds and finished parts.
With the expansion, Evco will have a total of 24 large-tonnage molding machines worldwide and the capacity to handle large molds up to 100,000 pounds. To meet greater customer needs, employment at Evco Oshkosh has increased by 20% since the beginning of the year. This trend is expected to continue with the expansion.
“Large part molding is a key focus at Evco Oshkosh, where we’re routinely molding highly cosmetic body panels in engineering-grade resins,” said Plant Manager Mike Grobe.
The addition will be fully operational by January 2020. At that time, the plant will have a total area of 116,436 square feet and 22 injection molding machines.
Evco was founded in 1964 and currently employs more than 1,400 people and operates 190 injection molding machines, ranging from 28 to 3,500 tons.