North Liberty Plastics Company Expanding Operations

By George Ford, Reporter

Operator Trent Gallagher of Cedar Rapids works with parts from one of Centro Inc.'s custom molds in the loading and unloading station after unloading a completed plastic part molded in the cavity Friday October 22, 2004 at Centro Inc.'s manufacturing facility in North Liberty. In the current rotational molding process resin is placed in a mold, which moves into an oven and is heated. It then moves into a cooling chamber, and back to the unloading zone, where the finished piece is removed.

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Centro Inc., a custom rotational plastics molder based in North Liberty, is expanding its presence in Wisconsin by opening a manufacturing facility in Beaver Dam.

Centro has seven molding operations, including a plant in Horicon, Wis., which is 11 miles from Beaver Dam. Lisa McCool, Centro director of sales, said the Horicon facility has reached its capacity and Centro is unable to expand it.

"Our customers want us to stay in that area," McCool said. "We will be adding over 90,000 square feet, up to five rotational molding machines and a minimum of 70 new jobs to support the business."

Centro designs and manufacturers rotationally molded products for original equipment manufacturers in many industries such as lawn and garden, agriculture and construction. The additional manufacturing space is needed to support new business in those industries.

"Our growth over the last few years has been incredible so all of our current locations have reached capacity," said Brian Olesen, Centro’s president and CEO.

With the Beaver Dam plant, Oleson said Centro will have more than 170 employees and 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Wisconsin.

"2014 will be an even bigger year as we have more announcements to come," Oleson added.

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