Pacific Plastics Injection Molding (PPIM), a division of Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), has expanded its 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. ft facility on 46,000 sq. ft. Together, the Minnesota DPI facility and California PPIM facility now total 99,000 sq. ft. In addition to the rapidly increasing manufacturing demand, the larger area is part of a three-year growth initiative.
In 2019, PPIM expanded its production, assembly and office space by 5,000 m². The company also added plastic injection molding presses and an automation system. Since then, orders from new and existing customers have grown rapidly. This growth has led to a shortage of warehouse space for raw materials and inventory of bulky parts for weekly dispatch.
“Even though production doubled, we didn’t have enough warehouse space,” says Rob Gilman, general manager of PPIM. “As a short-term solution, we have added freight containers in the ship’s bay and in the parking lot.”
As part of a 3 year growth initiative, a clean room is added and PPIM receives ISO 13485 certification. This will expand the company’s production, assembly and packaging capacities at a second location.
By the end of the year, PPIM will also expand its plastic injection molding press capacities by 20%. In mid-August, the company will start converting to fully electric injection molding presses, which deliver faster output with precise product quality.