Evco Plastics recently purchased a new facility in Calhoun, GA, near the company’s CAL 1 plant. CAL 2 adds 40,000 square feet to Evco’s footprint, which now totals more than one million square feet of space across 10 plants globally. The new facility includes a 22,000-sq-ft white room and 2,100-sq-ft liquid silicone rubber (LSR) production area to meet demand from its medical and commercial lighting customers.
“After assessing our customers’ needs and developments within the industry, we knew it was the right time to expand our capabilities,” said Kate Bashir, Director of Strategy. “To do that, we needed another facility to bring those offerings to life. CAL 2 will help us meet our customers’ high expectations and long-term production goals.”
The new facility has room for 20 injection molding machines up to 500 tons, and there will be a separate room for new LSR machines. It also is equipped with two bridge cranes, four material silos, and a 725-sq-ft metrology lab.
CAL 2 will be a food-grade compliant facility and feature highly automated lights-out production. The inclusion of a white room allows for additional medical molding opportunities, a new capability for Evco. The facility will be fully operational in the fall of this year.
Evco also is currently adding 13,000 square feet to its AMP facility in DeForest, WI, to make room for more presses and expand on-site storage of raw materials and finished goods.
Evco was founded in 1964 and today has more 1,700 employees and operates 235 injection molding machines, ranging from 28 to 3,500 tons.
“Reaching over one million square feet is a huge milestone for us,” said Gary Fortier, Director of US Operations. “As our customers’ needs grow, so do we. This new space allows us to create more opportunities to meet the ongoing requirements of customers, as well as the industry as a whole.”