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Plastikos and Micro Mold expand capabilities and geographic reach

Plastikos Inc., an Erie, PA-based custom injection molder, and its sister company, Micro Mold, announced some major expansions as the company moves forward into more medical molding. Known for its work in precision, tight-tolerance connectors for a variety of companies, Plastikos recently expanded its capabilities to include a Class 10,000 (ISO Class 7) clean room, and partially renovated and reorganized the facility that houses Micro Mold.

Clare Goldsberry

February 18, 2011

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Plastikos and Micro Mold expand capabilities and geographic reach

The ISO Class 7 clean room includes a conveyor to transport parts without contamination, and enables other operations such as inspection, packaging, labeling, and assembly to also be performed in the controlled environment. Phillip Katen, president of Plastikos and Micro Mold, said, “Many of our medical customers have expressed increased interest and demand for clean room production capabilities.”

The expanded facilities provide additional production capacity that the companies hope to fill, in part, through new business being developed in the western U.S. To help with that goal, Plastikos announced the opening of a new sales and service center in California to provide engineering and other manufacturing support for the medical device and other thriving markets in the region.

“As we expand into California and other medical device hotbeds, this addition will help us keep up with our customer needs and provide local support,” Katen added.

Industry veteran Gerry Avery has joined the Plastikos team to serve as the technical sales manager of Western sales and lead the expansion. Avery will bring the technical expertise that Plastikos and Micro Mold have become known for on the East Coast to the West Coast, with a territory that ranges from Washington to Texas.

Avery’s career includes serving as VP of sales and marketing for BBG Micro in Aptos, CA, prior to joining Plastikos and Micro Mold. With a B.S. in Engineering Technology and over 25 years’ experience with every phase of the plastics business, Avery has designed components for the medical device industry, managed materials sourcing groups, and directed sales. “I was drawn to the engineering focus of Micro Mold and Plastikos. Our facility is world-class for tool design, fabrication, and injection molding with world-class process capabilities and control,” said Avery.

“A major component of our business strategy is continuous improvement,” Katen said, in a prepared statement.  “We want to expand what we offer to other regions of the United States, primarily in the medical and electronics industries in California and the West.” —Clare Goldsberry

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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