Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a blow molder based in Ludlow, Mass., has broken ground on an expansion that will introduce several new machines to its factory floor and bring the facility’s total space up to 83,000 square feet.
“It’s been a challenge to meet the needs of our growing business with our existing space,” said President and CEO Mel O’Leary, whose company specializes in bottles and hollow technical articles. “This investment in the building and manufacturing equipment allows us to better plan for the future and increase efficiencies. It will give us room to grow while enhancing our manufacturing and warehouse spaces.”
The project includes 12,000 square feet of warehouse space, 5,000 square feet of light manufacturing space and 1,000 square feet to add three new loading docks.
The company will also install two new extrusion blow molding machines in the coming months – a Bekum 155 and R&B/Sika 850 long stroke – as well as an Aoki AL-1000 injection stretch blow molding machine. Meredith-Springfield will also be adding automation, including conveyors that will run bottles through leak check and visual inspections, and three new Dyco baggers and a Mexan Automation bagger, which will palletize the finished products so they can be shipped without corrugated boxes.