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A year to remember for C&J Industries.

C&J Industries Inc. has much to celebrate this year. Not only is the contract manufacturer and injection molding company turning 50, it also recently completed its largest renovation project to date, a $6.8 million expansion of its facility in Meadville, Pa.

The expansion has increased the company's Class VIII clean room molding and assembly space by more than 50 percent. The new assembly room, according to a brief news release from C&J, offers a complete suite of secondary services such as pad printing, sonic welding, heat staking and leak testing as well as manual and automated assembly.

C&J has purchased best-in-class all-electric molding presses that have helped improve process control and reduced energy consumption. The addition of the newest molding presses brings the company's total number of presses to 42; the machines provide a range of 20 tons to 720 tons of clamping pressure. Besides its newly-enlarged molding and assembly space, C&J also has its own in-house tool shop.

The company was founded by two toolmakers who named their new venture Meadville Precision Tool and Mold. The pair, according to company history, quickly gained notoriety for building high-precision plastic injection molded components and quality injection molds for such companies as AMP, Western Electric and Packard Electric. Fate stepped in during the early 1970s to introduce the firm to the plastic injection molding business. A historical account of the encounter appears on the company's Website: "In the early 1970s (this is the stuff of legend) one of our customers commented that they were very pleased with the injection molds that we produced, however, they wanted us to qualify the tools prior to shipment. We responded, 'But how can we qualify the molds--we don't have any plastic injection molding presses?' Shortly thereafter a truck arrived at our loading dock and the truck driver had us sign for two slightly used injection molding presses. We were now in the plastic injection molding business." Today, C&J specializes in the contract manufacturing of complex, high-precision injection molded components and assemblies for medical OEMs.
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Title Annotation:Industry News
Publication:Medical Product Outsourcing
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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