Smith Metal Products, the metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM) division of Plastic Products Company Inc., broke ground in Center City, MN for a new 60,000-sf manufacturing facility. The new facility will relocate the company three miles from its current location to a new industrial park, and allow for future expansion. The total investment for the new facility including new debind and sintering equipment, all-electric molding machines and automation equipment totaling approximately $6.5 million.
Lori Bjork, general manager of Smith, commented that the new facility was needed to "meet future growth targets and support our customer base." Smith currently supplies customers around the globe from its manufacturing facility in Lindstrom, MN. The company also maintains a sales and engineering office on the West Coast that it opened earlier this year. Smith Metals provides tooling and components for the medical/surgical, electronics, military, aerospace, firearms and consumer industries.