To meet the strong demand for rapid, high quality prototype injection molding and low volume production, Seaway Plastics Engineering continues to invest in new plant construction, business acquisitions, and most importantly, growing our team of plastics experts. Innovation, investment, and conservative stewardship have positioned us to expand our market share again in 2013.
Port Richey, Florida, January 28, 2013 – Seaway Plastics Engineering, Inc. ( www.seawayplastics.com ) announced completion of multiple expansion initiatives during 2012, allowing the company to increase its capacity, speed and efficiency for short lead time and low-to-medium volume projects. Seaway has long been successful competing for short lead time projects, including injection molded prototypes and low volume production; however, the company now boasts increased capacity to build new molds, additional finishing capabilities that are more tightly integrated for shorter lead times, and more production capacity for both low and medium volume projects.
“We constructed The Port Richey Engineering Center to add 25,000 square feet for additional mold making capacity and overall technical support,” said Tim Smock, Co-Owner and CEO of Seaway Plastics. “We can produce over 250 molds annually thanks to this facility, with lead times of 5 to 20 business days. The additional space provides room for a new larger size press in the 1000-ton range.”
Seaway’s sister company, Florida Finishing, has also been integrated into the Port Richey campus. This proximity to the engineering and injection molding operations allows faster, smoother coordination of finishing activities, including high quality painting and silk screening on plastic, steel, and aluminum substrates, as well as EMI/RFI shielding, hydrographics, and other decorating technologies.
“With Florida Finishing close at hand,” cited Paul Bernard, Co-Owner and President, “we can bring their expertise more directly into the prototype development and manufacturing processes. This leads to better quality, reduces the chance for communication error, and saves customers time and money.”
The addition of a Brooksville, Florida facility through acquisition of the assets of Excalibur Manufacturing Corporation added considerable capacity and room for further expansion. In addition to creating redundancy of manufacturing operations about thirty miles away, the acquisition provides Seaway immediate access to 9 Nissei injection molding machines, very similar to the machines in Port Richey. The Brooksville operation will focus on low to mid-volume production projects (5,000 to 100,000+ parts per year).
“Our increased manufacturing capacity opens the window of opportunity for larger size programs with even shorter lead times,” said Smock. “Our proprietary FastMold manufacturing system helps to ensure our delivery commitments are on time & we consistently meet our customers’ needs.”