Pacific Plastics Injection Molding, a division of Diversified Plastics Inc., has expanded its 24,000 square foot facility in Vista, California to 46,000 square feet.
Together, the DPI facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and the PPIM facility in California now cover a total of 99,000 square feet. The company needed the space to meet the rapidly growing demand. The project is also part of a three year growth initiative.
In 2019, PPIM expanded its manufacturing, assembly and office space by 5,000 square meters. Injection molding presses and an automation system were also added.
“Although production has doubled, we didn’t have enough warehouse space,” said Rob Gilman, general manager of PPIM, in a press release. “As a short-term solution, we’ve added freight containers in the ship’s bay and in the parking lot.”
PPIM will also expand its injection molding press capacity by 20 percent by the end of the year. As of this month, the company will begin converting to fully electric presses.
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 a three year growth initiative, the company is adding a clean room and pursuing ISO 13485.
DPI was a finalist for Plastics News Processor of the Year in 2020 and 2019 and was named PN Best Places to Work winner in 2021. The employee-owned company acquired PPIM in 2018.