Moving forward with precision timing
By Sparta Live | March 18, 2002 12:00 am
Kim Swindell Wood
The uncertainty of the nation’s economy loomed in the balance following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but one company’s determination proved to Sparta faith in employees and a good business sense would rise above all negative circumstances.
Doug and Sarah Boles, owners of Precision Molding, Inc. (PMI), began their tool and die business in downtown Sparta, across from Hardees. The company was first established in 1987 in a 4,000 square foot, 20-year-old, rented building, with approximately 20 employees. Rapid growth hastened the need for a larger facility. In 1992, PMI moved to their new 16,000 square foot structure at 5500 Roberts Matthews Hwy., which does injection molding, metal stamping, pad printing and assembly.
By 1996, PMI had expanded to 40,000 square feet. According to Doug Boles, the company recently realized it had expanded to almost full capacity, which necessitated another expansion. “We had customers who said they would do business with us if we would diversify our products,” he said.
Another addition to PMI was planned, with 16,000 square feet to be added for warehouse space. “Our current blow molding assembly is already up and running within the facility,” said Verble Wilson, plant manager. “We will be moving our warehouse into the new addition and expand the blow molding operation into the 16,000 square feet where the warehouse was located.”
PMI’s blow molding line of products includes reservoir bottles for Hummers and Kenworth trucks. They also contract with Emerson Appliance Controls, Fleetguard, Moeller and Tri-State Distributors. According to Doug Boles, PMI has a solid customer base in the Southeastern region of the United States, but the company can compete in any area. He said the company recently hired three sales representatives to help diversify their client-base and extend PMI’s services.
PMI has approximately 80 employees, with three shifts working five days a week. The addition to the facility will provide 30-40 new jobs, with completion expected in June. Upon the finalization of the approximately $3 million
construction, PMI will encompass 54,000 square feet on a 32-acre site.
PMI’s mission is to exceed all of their customers’ expectations, and the rapidly growing industry has proven to meet the expectations of the business community of White County.