Aptimise Composites LLC (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) announced on Feb. 29 that it has acquired Plastic Composites Company (PCC, Ft. Wayne, Ind.). A molder of aerial tower and utility truck lift truck buckets, PCC manufactures the composite buckets using glass fiber reinforcements. In addition to the truck buckets, PCC produces custom molded industrial components such as recreational vehicle components and products for the door and window markets. The company will continue to operate under the Plastic Composites name.
Dan Templeton, CEO of Aptimise Composites stated, "PCC will expand into new markets and new technologies within the next six months. We are starting research and development in vehicle components and building products immediately."In response to questions about how PCC will accomplish this Templeton continued, "We have already developed four patentable products using Inventive Problem Solving and Directed Evolution methods.â€
Steve Kepler will be the new general manager of PCC. According to Kepler, "One of the first things we will do is to ready the plant operations for the planned growth. To do this, we will boost the manufacturing process through the application of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies very soon. We plan on being ISO9000 certified by the end of the 2008.â€