Posted on 06-09-2022
New presses and equipment will continue to be installed at the Jeffersonville facility to accommodate growth.
June 9, 2022, Jeffersonville, Indiana – Viking Plastics, a leading injection molding and value-added assembly service provider, is excited to announce they have added new capabilities to their Jeffersonville, IN facility. Viking Plastics Jeffersonville has a long history of providing tooling services, specializing in new injection mold tooling, machining, and tool repair. Now, Viking Jeffersonville has added injection molding presses and assembly operations to the plant.
The company has added over $2 million in upgrades to the 40,000-square-foot facility, including a new material handling and central drying system, new water system, upgraded electricity, and new presses with robots integrated. They have also hired 18 employees in various positions, including management, supervisors, technical and direct labor. Additionally, the plant, which previously operated one shift, is now running three shifts.
The expansion provides capacity to meet increasing demands from a key HVAC customer. The customer’s new products (developed with support from Viking) offer residential homes higher energy efficiency and provide an installation time reduction for builders. Shawn Gross, Vice President of Culture & Business Development, says, “These new products allow builders to triple their productivity from their HVAC installation processes. In a time with significant labor shortages and pressure on the housing market for more homes, this is a huge opportunity within the homebuilding industry.”
The current state of the housing market is also increasing demand for such a product. “Annually 1.6 million homes are built,” says Gross, “and developers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Anywhere you can eliminate waste and improve or ease installation will help alleviate that.”
The company anticipates continued growth and will have seven presses in Jeffersonville by the end of the year, ranging from 220-560T.
About Viking Plastics
Founded in 1972, Viking Plastics is a privately held company delivering innovative products including sealing solutions, custom injection molding, assembly, and post-molding secondary services. Viking Plastics’ multiple facilities (US, China, and Brazil) house over 100 molding machines, with capabilities spanning the range from 50- to 1,800-ton injection molding, as well as capabilities including 2-shot, insert molding, value-added assemblies and automated assembly cells. Viking Plastics is IATF 16949:2016, ISO 14002:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certified.
Viking Plastics has established a culture of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement, holding daily drumbeat meetings that help every employee think like a process engineer.