A toolmaker and mechanical engineer by training, Brett Nelson was frustrated building molds for someone else and seeing opportunities for improvement being ignored. So, he started a contract molding business, and 20-plus years on, he can take a great deal of satisfaction at having built a thriving company. Advanced Molding Technologies (Circle Pines, MN) has just completed its second expansion in two years, doubling in size to more than 84,000 sq ft. He credits the company's success to a laser-like focus on tooling and engineering and a proactive approach to meeting customer needs. The latest expansion exemplifies these principles.
The new building includes more than 5000 sq ft dedicated to ISO Class 7 cleanroom assembly and white room packaging operations. Additional space is dedicated to industrial assembly, packaging, and distribution for a business that was recently acquired, as well as an expanded mold maintenance and repair shop and room for additional molding machines.
The company currently has 32 injection presses and plans to bring in eight more in the next 18 months.
Business has been strong across the board, says Nelson, adding that it has been especially robust in the medical, construction, consumer products, and automotive sectors. Of those industries, "the medical market has moved a bit faster than the others," Nelson told PlasticsToday. The company's credo of being proactive is paying dividends, he adds. "For example, we try to anticipate where FDA is headed on relevant issues," says Nelson. A case in point is the expertise it has developed in processing Eastman's Tritan material.