GW Plastics Expands In Royalton and Ireland
Company Employs 400 in Vermont
Bethel-based GW Plastics announced this week that it has expanded and upgraded its tooling facility in Vermont with new manufacturing technology.
The move was “in response to growing customer demand in its global medical device and drug delivery business,” the company said in a news release.
GW has renovated and enhanced its tooling facility in Royalton, and has purchased advanced, metal 3D printing equipment to build precision mold components.
The changes are expected to improve cycle times—in some cases up to 30%—as well as component quality and design flexibility.
“This additive manufacturing technology streamlines tool design, reducing the number of components needed to build a mold,” said Timothy Holmes, GW Plastics’ VP of engineering.
“We are proud to offer this level of technology to our customers to ensure their products are being manufactured in the best mold possible.”
The company said it is one of only a handful of precision mold builders that have invested in this technology. GW has invested over $2M in its Royalton mold-building facility in the last 12 months to support its R&D and expansion efforts.
Now in Ireland
This announcement comes several months after GW’s purchase of Avenue Mould Solutions, an Ireland-based precision mold-building, machining, and injection molding company. This acquisition, the company said, “gives GW Plastics a unique industry position with precision mold-building facilities in North America, Asia, and Europe.”
In addition to injection molding and contract manufacturing. GW Plastics now ranks as one of the plastic industry’s largest manufacturers of precision molds.
“More importantly than just having advanced tooling capability, GW Plastics now has the global capacity to handle large-scale programs, including ultra-high-cavitation, multi-component, and silicone mold-building for our multi-national customers,” said Brenan Riehl, GW Plastics’ president and CEO.
“With recent expansions of our tooling facilities in the U.S. and China and the acquisition of Avenue Mould Solutions in Ireland, GW Plastics now has both the expertise and infrastructure to give our customers the peace of mind that we can support their complex programs on three continents.”
The company said its customers include “Global market-leading companies which trust GW Plastics to deliver their most challenging projects.”
Founded in 1955, GW Plastics now serves companies in the healthcare, automotive safety, and consumer/ industrial markets around the world. Headquartered in Bethel, the company has manufacturing facilities are in Bethel, Royalton, San Antonio, Tucson, Quere´taro, Mexico; Dongguan, China; and Sligo, Ireland.
Currently, GW has about 400 employees in Vermont and more than 1,200 company-wide, according to marketing specialist Rebecca Murphy.
“In Vermont, we have consistent job openings as our company is consistently growing,” she said. "Between Bethel and Royalton, we always have about a half-dozen job opportunities, which continue to be enhanced.”