Pacific Plastics Injection Molding (PPIM) has nearly doubled the size of its Vista, California facility, expanding from 24,000 to 46,000 square feet. PPIM, a division of Diversified Plastics Inc. (DPI) based in Minneapolis, said the expansion is necessary to meet rapidly increasing demand for its manufacturing services and is part of a three-year growth initiative. Combined, the Minnesota DPI facility and the California PPIM facility now have a combined total area of 99,000 square feet.
In 2019, PPIM expanded its manufacturing, assembly and office space by 5,000 square meters, adding plastic injection molding presses and an automation system. Since then, the orders from new and existing customers have grown rapidly, the company said. An example it cites in its press release is a customer who supplies filters that are used in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines. This growth has led to a shortage of warehouse space for raw materials and inventory of bulky parts for weekly dispatch.
“Although production doubled, we didn’t have enough warehouse space,” said Rob Gilman, PPIM general manager. “As a short-term solution, we have added freight containers in the ship’s bay and in the parking lot.”
PPIM announces that it will also expand its injection molding press capacity by 20% by the end of the year and is beginning to switch to fully electric injection molding machines.
This growth also leads to more jobs. In April PPIM hired a new production manager, Ray Rivas. At the beginning of June, Pablo Soto was appointed quality manager. There are now 120 employee owners at the DPI and PPIM locations.
As part of its three year growth initiative, PPIM also plans to add a clean room and seek ISO 13485 certification. These steps are intended to expand the company’s manufacturing, assembly and packaging capacities at a second location.