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Archives from 2014

  • C&J Receives Jobs First Governor's ImPAct Award

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    C&J Industries is proud to announce receiving the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Award for job creation in Northwest Pennsylvania.  Governor Tom Corbett presented the award to C&J’s president and CEO, Dennis Frampton at the Governor’s ImPAct Award luncheon on Friday, May 30, 2014. The Jobs First Award was presented to a company that maintained a positive net gain in job creation over the last two years. C&J Industries has grown by $11.9 million and has added 47 new jobs since January 2012.

    C&J’s growth is not a mere phenomenon. Much of this increase is the direct result of an unprecedented number of tools transferred to C&J from North America and from overseas. In the past two years alone, customers have transferred 135 plastic injection molding tools to C&J Industries. This is in addition to new programs customers have also awarded C&J during the same time period.

    This unusual growth caused the company to look closely at what they believed was driving the increase. They came to a conclusion that customers were awarding C&J business based on one word: TRUST.

  • C&J Industries Names as Finalist for Prestigious Awards

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    MEADVILLE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C&J Industries was named a finalist for the 2014 Governor’s Impact Award in the category of manufacturing job creation in the state of Pennsylvania. Following five years of double digit sales growth, C&J was nominated for this prestigious award by the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.

    “Since the great recession of 2008, C&J Industries has benefited from a significant number of new projects that have grown our business by over 50%,” stated C&J Industries President & CEO, Dennis Frampton. “In particular, over the past three years, our customers have transferred 130 plastic injection molds to C&J,” he added. Frampton went on to state, “C&J Industries is proud to contribute to both the local and state employment levels for good manufacturing jobs.”

    C&J Industries is one of five finalists in the Northwest region for the Jobs First Award. In order to qualify for this award, C&J Industries maintained a positive net gain in new jobs over the last two years. C&J has displayed consistent year over year job growth and has remarkable employee retention. Over 60% of C&J’s workforce has been with the company for over five years and nearly a third of its workforce has been at C&J for more than 10 years. The Governor’s Impact Awards will be announced at a Governor’s Impact Awards Luncheon in Hershey, PA on May 30, 2014.

    In related news, C&J Industries also announced that Trudell Medical International, one of C&J Industries Medical Device customers, has been nominated for the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA). Trudell is an MDEA finalist for their AEROBIKA® oscillating positive expiratory pressure therapy system. Trudell has named C&J as their supplier for the custom molded parts used in this innovative medical device. The MDEA Award will be announced at the upcoming MD&M East Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on June 11.

    C&J Industries is a privately held plastic injection molder and medical device contract manufacturer located in Meadville, PA. C&J supplies custom plastic products and medical devices to customers in North America and Europe.

Archives from 2013

  • C&J Industries Announces Additional Expansion

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

    C&J Industries, a leader in Medical Device contract manufacturing and plastic injection molding, has announced the completion of an additional expansion to its facilities as business continues to grow.

    The Pennsylvania-based custom injection molding manufacturer has added four new all-electric Toshiba presses in the past two months, along with a new AGIE Charmilles FO550 Die-Sinking EDM machine. C&J Industries has invested over $10 million over the past 4 years in new capital equipment and expansion projects.

    In 2011, C&J Industries completed a $6.8 million expansion and renovation project that became fully operational in January of 2012. With the recent purchase of $1.4 million in new equipment there are now 50 injection molding machines at the facilities that range from 20 tons to 720 tons of clamping pressure. C&J Industries currently has three Class 8 Clean Rooms for molding. It also has a 2,500-square-foot Class 7 Clean Assembly Room for medical devices.

    “This expansion was in response to double digit growth over the three previous years,” said David Lennox, vice president of Operations for C&J Industries. “We believe much of our growth is tied to our unique mold warranty, which is 10 years for a production mold built by C&J Industries. This warranty provides a worry-free guarantee of uninterrupted production for medical and pharmaceutical customers.”

    The company has increased its operations in all market segments, including medical devices, telecommunications, industrial, consumer, pharmaceutical and transportation.

Archives from 2012

  • C&J Industries to Be Featured on 21st Century Business Television February 4, 2012

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Boca Raton, FL — Multi-Media Productions (USA), Inc. is pleased to announce that C&J Industries will appear on 21st Century Business on Fox Business Network (as paid programming). This series will focus on Innovations in Plastic Injection Molding.

    C&J Industries is a leading contract manufacturing and plastic injection molding company. C&J Industries specializes in contract manufacturing complex, high-precision injection molded components and assemblies for some of the most notable medical OEM’s in the world. For nearly 50 years, C&J Industries has been listening to what their customers need and have expanded their capabilities to meet each challenge.

    C&J Industries has invested millions of dollars in the past five years to improve their technology in both contract manufacturing and plastic injection molding disciplines. C&J is nearing completion of a $6.8 million expansion. The expansion has increased their Class VIII Clean room molding and assembly space by more than 50%. C&J Industries has purchased additional best-in-class, all-electric molding presses, which have greatly improved process control and reduced energy consumption. C&J also boasts its own in-house tool shop which has some of the highest speed and closest tolerance machining capabilities in the industry.

    In 2000 & 2001, C&J Industries experienced the combined effects of the telecom “bust” and the introduction of significant foreign competition. C&J Industries began a series of initiatives to understand what makes C&J Industries a successful contract manufacturing and plastic injection molding company. The question was asked, “Why do so many companies continue to choose C&J Industries over the hundreds of competitors-both foreign and domestic?” After months of introspection and soul-searching, the company came to the conclusion that their success was the result of engineering excellence, teamwork and trust. This ultimately resulted in the creation of the C&J Mission Statement. “C&J Industries will provide value to our customers through the use of technology and engineering solutions. We will seek customers that exhibit a reciprocal level of trust and commitment to succeed, to our mutual benefit.”

    In 2012, C&J will celebrate its 50th year in business. C&J understands the trends and the expectations of its customers and will continue to do business the best way they know how: Implementing new technology, harnessing teamwork and offering solutions to customers that rely on them.

    About 21st Century Business

    21st Century Business is an award winning television series produced by Multi-Media Productions. The show features companies providing business viewers an in depth opportunity to find solutions within many industries globally.

    21st Century Business airs on CNBC and the Fox Business Network to over 100 million viewers nationwide as well as internationally via DirecTV and Dish Network. The show can also be viewed through video on demand via http://www.21cbtv.com. The series is also available at more than 27 prestigious college universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Dartmouth College and Georgetown University.

    For specific market-by-market air dates and times, please e-mail Moniqueh@mmpusa.com. For more information, please visit http://www.21cbtv.com.

  • C&J Kicks Off Its 50th Year in Manufacturing

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    C&J marks its 50th year in business in 2012 and has started its year-long celebration with an article in the January 2012 issue of the Manufacturer & Business Association Business Magazine.

    In the article, Dennis Frampton, C&J Industries’ President was asked to recall any specific milestone or event that shaped the company to what it is today. Dennis responded, “The one that truly stands out.is an instance when a customer that we highly valued.had a change of business philosophy. The customer brought in a new management team and conducted a bench marking exercise for both existing suppliers and potential suppliers. Through that process, the customer identified some ‘gaps’ that ultimately resulted in C&J not being chosen for their next major project.”

    Dennis went on to explain, “Instead of taking the setback personally, C&J took it professionally. We investigated where we had shortcomings and launched an intensive five-year reinvention of C&J.”

    That “reinvention” resulted in a $10 million investment in the company to upgrade technology and capabilities in every department at C&J Industries. This culminated with the recent completion of a $6.8 million expansion and renovation of the company.

    When asked about the guiding principle of C&J Industries, Dennis Frampton explained, “Trust is the cornerstone of every business relationship that we have. Without trust, there is no investment or growth.”

    Developing the trust theme even further, as part of its year-long celebration, C&J designed a banner that contains an archival photograph of its founders with the phrase, “In 50 Years, State-of-the-Art has changed, Building Trust and Teamwork Have Not.”

  • C&J Industries Completes $6.8 Million Building Expansion

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    C&J completed the largest building expansion and plant renovation in the company’s history in December of 2011. With Phase III and IV complete, C&J now has a new 12,000 sq ft White Room capable of housing (17) presses ranging from 55 Ton, 2 oz shot size to 720 Ton, 102 oz shot. (Click here for previous progress reports on the building project.)

    The expansion also included a significant renovation and creation of a fully equipped assembly room. This new assembly room offers a complete suite of secondary services such as Pad Printing, Sonic Welding, Heat Staking, Leak-Testing, Manual and Automated Assembly (click for photos)

    C&J now has (42) presses ranging from 20 ton to 720 tons of clamping pressure. All presses are now housed in either an environmentally controlled room or Class 8 Clean Rooms.

    In perfect timing for the completion of the building project, C&J passed a week-long UL audit that concluded on December 2, 2011. The auditors reviewed and assessed C&J’s ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 Quality systems. We were pleased to find that the auditors had no reportable actions or areas of improvement.

Archives from 2011

  • C&J Industries announced today the completion of Phases I and II of their $6 million plant expansion

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    C&J Industries announced today the completion of Phases I and II of their $6 million plant expansion. With these 2 Phases complete, C&J now has three Class VIII clean rooms that house a total of 25 Injection Molding presses. These presses range in size from 20 Ton, .56 oz. shot to 390 Ton, 37.5 oz. shot. Twenty-four of the machines are Toshiba all-electric presses.

    C&J has also opened a new and expanded QA Lab that is fully equipped to accommodate both new tooling and program development as well as on-going surveillance and monitoring of existing production.

    Phase III of the building expansion will include the transfer of 17 presses from the General Molding Room to the soon-to-be-completed 12,000 sq. ft. expansion. The new expansion will be a White Room that will house presses ranging in size from 55 Ton, 2 oz. shot size to 720 Ton, 102 oz. shot.

    Phases IV and V of the building expansion and renovation will include converting the current contract manufacturing room into a White Assembly Room. The final phase of the project will include a Class VIII Medical Device Assembly Room. Updates on these additional phases of the project will be announced in the next 2-3 months.

    C&J has positioned itself to rapidly handle any new plastic medical device or project. With the additional capability being brought online, C&J has increased its medical production capability by over 50 percent.

    C&J Industries is a full-service pharmaceutical and medical contract manufacturing firm specializing in plastic product design and development, contract medical device assembly and medical injection molding components. In business for nearly 50 years, it is an industry leader in medical device manufacturing.

Archives from 2010

  • C&J Industries has announced a major $6 million building expansion today, and changes to it's Board of Directors

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    C&J Industries has announced a major $6 million building expansion today. The expansion will add 30,000 sq ft of manufacturing space to its facility in Meadville, PA.

    The expansion project will encompass a new white molding room, increased warehouse space and an upgraded QA Lab. The project will also create a new contract assembly room which will include both medical and non-medical assemblies. Construction is expected to begin in October and will take approximately 6 months to complete. The company has experienced significant growth over the past two years and anticipates the trend to continue.

    “Since the beginning of the year, C&J has added about 50 employees,” said David Lennox, VP of Operations. He added, “C&J has no immediate plans to hire more employees, but we anticipate we will once the building expansion is complete.” Mr. Lennox went on to say, “The new building addition will accommodate up to 18 presses and our immediate plan is to purchase 9 new presses ranging from 55 ton to 390 tons of clamping pressure. These new electric presses will be equipped with robotic part removal systems.”

    To facilitate future growth, the company also announced new additions to the Board of Directors. For the first time in the company’s 48-year history, C&J has solicited professionals outside of C&J Industries to include on its Board of Directors. These new Board Members are Charles Guiste, Executive Director of Precision Manufacturing Institute, Thomas Cholak, Business Consultant for the Small Business Development Center, and Raymond Seth, CFO for the Edinboro University Foundation.

    “These new Board additions will provide C&J with a broader scope of professional vision and focus for our future,” commented Dennis Frampton, President & CEO of C&J Industries. With the building expansion and new Board members, C&J is positioned for continued growth in the coming years,” he added.

  • Dennis R. Frampton named to Edinboro University's Council of Trustees

    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    EDINBORO, Pa. – Dennis R. Frampton, for years one of Edinboro University’s most ardent and committed supporters, has been named to the University’s Council of Trustees.

    Frampton, an Edinboro alumnus, was appointed to the position by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. The appointment was recently confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate.

    As a member of the University’s governing body, Frampton will serve out the remaining unexpired term of former Trustee Joseph G. Cacchione, M.D., who recently resigned. At the conclusion of that term in January 2011, Frampton is expected to be appointed to a full term on the Council of Trustees.

    “As an Edinboro graduate and a longtime supporter of this University, we’re delighted to welcome Dennis as a trustee,” said COT Chair Harold Shields. Shields pointed to Frampton’s leadership efforts with the Edinboro University Foundation, in particular in helping to develop the $115 million Highlands at Edinboro University student housing complex.

    “What we welcome most of all, is Dennis’ commitment to his Alma Mater and especially his independent thought,” Shields added.

    Frampton, a 1989 Edinboro graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Trades Leadership, is president of C&J Industries, a Crawford County plastics manufacturer and product design company specializing in complex, high-precision injection molded components and assemblies.

    A member of the Edinboro University Foundation for more than a decade, serving four years as its chair, Frampton is the 2002 recipient of the Edinboro University Alumni Award of Excellence, a special 2008 Council of Trustees Award of Recognition, and in 2009 was honored with the Edinboro University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

    “The governor’s appointment to the Council of Trustees is truly an honor, and it will be a privilege to have the opportunity to work with President (Jeremy D.) Brown and the Council of Trustees,” Frampton said. “It has been a pleasure working with the foundation these past 10 years, but now it’s an opportunity to continue service at a different level to an institution that has not only been so very important in my life, but also in the lives of thousands of the sons and daughters of northwestern Pennsylvania.”

    Frampton said his goal is to work with President Brown and the Trustees toward the continued positive growth of the University, and also “to continue to improve upon the quality of our programs.”

    Frampton has been credited with helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Edinboro scholarships, and was instrumental in the establishment of Edinboro University’s Meadville facility, the Joseph T. Buba Center.

    In addition to his volunteer efforts on behalf of Edinboro University, Frampton has long been active in myriad Meadville and Crawford County civic organizations and philanthropic and service clubs.

  • C&J Industries Announces FY09 Continuous Improvements Through Various Capital Investments

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    C&J Industries has a long-term commitment and a strategic plan to improve productivity and quality. This commitment is clear by the capital investment in technology and capacity in FY 2009.

    Contract Manufacturing

    ALINE Vacuum Impulse Bag Sealer
    Sencorp Tray Sealer -Model MD-1612
    Teca-Print 2 Color Pad Printer – Model TPE 151

    Engineering & Design

    SLA Machine – Objet 3D Printer Model Eden 250
    (8) Pro E Software Upgrades to Wildfire 4.0
    (5) Seats EMX Software for Mold Design
    (1) Seat of Smart Electrode

    Tool Shop

    Makino Vertical Mill Model S 56
    Erowa Power Chuck Work Holding Fixture
    Press fit Tool Holder Set for Hard Milling

    Quality

    ISO 13485 Final Audit (Received Registration 1/7/10)
    Macbeth SP64 Spectrophotometer
    SmartScope FLASH 500 with Measure Mind 3D Multisensor Software

    Molding

    2 – 65 Ton Toshiba Electric Presses
    4 – Servo Drive Robots
    1 – Servo/Pneumatic Robot
    2 – Yushin Robots with Controllers
    E-Dart Processing Software for Monitoring and Controlling Cavity Pressures
    (2) Automatic Part Handling Systems

  • C&J Industries Increases Large Tonnage Clean Room Capacity

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    C&J announced today the purchase of two large tonnage all-electric injection molding presses (180 ton and 240 ton clamping pressure) to be added to our Class 8 Clean Room. “We’re seeing more and more requirements for higher cavitation and larger tonnage presses from our medical customers,” stated David Lennox, VP of Operations. “To keep pace with the increased production output, we also purchased another Smartscope Vision Inspection Machine,” he added.

    With the added presses, C&J now has 21 presses in our Class 8 Clean Room with clamping pressures that range from 20 ton to 390 ton. This is in addition to the 20 presses in our general molding area-which have presses up to 720 tons of clamping pressure

    C&J Industries is an ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 registered medical device manufacturer specializing in surgical assemblies, fluid handling and pharmaceutical packaging.

  • C&J Industries Receives Coveted Medical Certification

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    C&J Industries announced today that the company has achieved ISO 13485 certification from Underwriters Laboratories. The scope of the certification includes Contract Assembly, Subassembly of Mechanical Medical Devices and Molded Components for Medical Devices. In addition, C&J has also received verification that its Quality Management System is certified to the updated ISO 9001: 2008 standard.

    “These certifications are part of an ongoing strategic business plan to meet or exceed the requirements of our Medical and Pharmaceutical customers,” stated Dennis Frampton, President of C&J Industries. “The ISO 13485 registration is very significant as we expand our Contract Medical Device services,” he added.

    Many companies are familiar with the ISO 9001 quality standard. ISO 13485 is a much more comprehensive quality system with significantly more stringent requirements. For example, there are roughly 1 million companies worldwide that are registered to the ISO 9001 quality standard. There are less than 2,600 companies in the United States that have achieved ISO 13485 certification.

    “The ISO 13485 quality management system will result in more proactive involvement with our customers from every department at C&J Industries,” stated Dave Lennox, VP of Operations. “Risk assessment and problem avoidance will take on even greater importance than they already do,” he added.

    Risk assessment has been moved to the beginning of any product fulfillment project: Sales & Estimating. “As a result of ISO 13485, C&J has revamped our Quotation and Project release systems,” stated Mark Fuhrman, Director of Sales & Marketing. He added, “Our Engineering and Estimating departments have created entirely paperless systems that have reduced internal lead-times by nearly a week.”

    “The ISO 13485 Quality Management System encompasses every aspect of our business,” said Eric Sharman, Director of Engineering. He further added, “It impacts everything from product review to assembly procedures and sterilization validation. There’s not a department or process that hasn’t been affected”

    C&J Industries is a full-service Medical Contract Manufacturer specializing in Plastic Product Design & Development, Contract Medical Device Assembly and Medical Injection Molded Components.

Archives from 2009

  • Promotions in the Sales Department at C&J Industries

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    We are pleased to announce the promotion of Brent Martz to the position of Sales Manager. Brent has been with the company for two years and has shown an excellent ability to listen to our customers and to facilitate their needs in a professional manner. Brent will be focusing on developing business with our existing customers and will be in charge of all outside sales people.

    Along with Brent’s promotion, Mark Fuhrman is now the Director of Sales and Marketing. Mark has been with the company for 15 years and will be focusing on new business development. Mark will be spearheading all marketing and sales activities to support the acquisition of new business.

    Please join me in congratulating both Brent and Mark in their new positions. We are confident that this new alignment will provide more focus and resources for our existing customers.

  • C&J Industries Announces a $1 million Capital Expansion Project

    Friday, May 15, 2009

    The scope of the expansion will add 3,200 sq ft of Clean Room manufacturing capacity and will also encompass 1,000 sq ft for a new packaging room, auxiliary equipment room and an enlarged gowning area. The project will increase C&J’s clean room molding from 17 to 22 presses; with presses ranging from 20 tons to 390 tons of clamping pressure. C&J Industries also has 18 presses in the general molding room with clamping pressure up to 720 tons to support their business in the Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Business Machine and Industrial market segments.

    Along with the Clean Room expansion, C&J also announced the purchase of a Makino Model S56, 3-Axis CNC high speed mill. This new vertical machine center can accommodate a work piece up to 1,100 lbs and is equipped with a Blum laser inspection system and probe to facilitate unattended operation.

    The clean room expansion project is expected to be completed by July of 2009.

  • Plastic Injection Molding Firm Recaptures Business from China

    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    For years many businesses turned to cheap labor markets, such as China, for inexpensive manufacturing solutions, but premier plastic injection molding company C&J Industries has noticed a reversal in this trend.

    MEADVILLE, PA – Pennsylvania-based plastic injection molding company C&J Industries recently announced that it has noticed a reversal in the trend of firms outsourcing manufacturing to cheaper labor markets, such as China. In fact, ten percent of C&J Industries’ current business includes projects that were transferred back to the United States from Chinese manufacturers. Specifically, the firm has observed a significant amount of medical, consumer and industrial related business being pulled from Asian markets.

    “In today’s uncertain economic conditions, there is something attractive about doing business with integrity – it is not a given anymore. Businesses were choosing to go over to China because a ‘herd’ mentality was driving many manufacturers there.but now some companies are coming back,” says Mark Fuhrman, Marketing Manager for C&J Industries.

    As an overall trend, some original equipment manufacturers are bringing projects back from China due to problems with communication, continuity of supply, logistics as well as total overall cost. C&J Industries’ guiding principles are very attractive to these frustrated companies.

    Through higher cavitation molds and automation, C&J Industries is often able to provide a lower cost option than some Chinese manufacturers. Ingenuity and innovative technology are driving forces behind C&J Industries’ competitive advantage. The firm’s success can be attributed to its overall commitment to quality and willingness to invest in capital to better serve its customers.

    Additionally, C&J Industries’ superior warranty surpasses any available through Chinese manufacturers. In the plastics industry, when a custom injection molder builds a tool, they typically offer a standard warranty based on the number of shots or cycles, similar to a standard three year, 36,000 mile warranty on a car. However, C&J Industries goes beyond standard by offering a 10-year warranty on production tooling.

    “Given C&J Industries’ advanced technology and superior warranty, it is no surprise that many firms are now turning to us to meet their most challenging manufacturing needs,” says Fuhrman.

    About C&J Industries: C&J Industries is a full service plastics contract manufacturer and product design company specializing in the manufacturing of complex and high precision injection molded components. For nearly 50 years, the firm has been providing manufacturing and design solutions for the industrial, transportation, medical, pharmaceutical, business and consumer machine markets. Additionally, C&J Industries offers a wide range of specialized design services, including production molding, prototyping and custom packaging. As a specialist in medical device manufacturing, C&J Industries has been producing medical injection molding components since the early 1980s.

  • C&J Announces 15 Year Anniversary of ISO 9001 Registration

    Friday, February 20, 2009

    During the two day audit, there were no Action Items-indicating that we are in full compliance with every aspect of the ISO 9001 standards.

    In addition to updating our ISO 9001 registration, C&J Industries is now pursuing ISO 13485 Registration in this calendar year. We have already completed our initial gap assessment and we are scheduling the Level I review with UL in the second quarter of the year. Further information regarding our ISO 13485 status is expected to be announced in the June/July timeframe.

  • Medical Contract Manufacturing Company C&J Industries Upgrades And Increases Its Medical Packaging Capability And Capacity

    Friday, February 6, 2009

    MEADVILLE, PA – C&J Industries, a leading medical device manufacturing company, has added the MD-1612 Shuttle Style Deep-Well Tray Sealer to its line of medical device packaging capabilities.

    C&J provides a one-stop medical contract manufacturing solution for customers. They offer product design, prototyping, production molding, assembly and custom packaging.

    The tray sealer is designed to package products that are produced in either a Class VII or Class VIII clean room environment.

    “Because the tray sealer can be both validated and calibrated, our packaging can meet stringent IQ/OQ protocol requirements,” says Mark Fuhrman of C&J Industries.

    The MD-1612 is a valued addition to C&J’s current medical custom packaging capabilities including auto bagging and polybag heat sealing. Using the MD-1612, custom packaging can be created in dimensions of up to 16″ x 12″ and up to 6″ deep.

    C&J Industries specializes in fabricating high precision and complex injection molded components and assemblies for the medical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, industrial, transportation, consumer and business machine markets.

    To see an example of our Tray Sealing capability, please click on the link to our Industry Solutions page

Archives from 2008

  • C&J Deploys In-House Prototyping for Product Design

    Thursday, November 20, 2008
    MEADVILLE, PA — C& J Industries’ recent launch of stereolithography technology shortens the product design and development cycle for plastic injection molding parts, giving customers results in hours – not days — and an edge on their competition.

    C&J Industries, a premier custom plastics manufacturer and plastic injection molding company, now offers customers the ability to see their design and sample parts in just a few hours thanks to stereolithography, or SLA, a rapid printing process used to create three-dimensional objects from CAD drawings.

    The Eden 250 ultra-thin printing system is capable of producing a prototypical plastic part using even the most precise technical specifications to produce a 3D sample of the final product. For customers, that means quicker design time, decreased cost, and the opportunity to bring their injection molding product to the market in record time.

    The prototype may not be made of the same material as the final product will be, but it allows customers to see it, touch it, and experience it in 3D to be sure it’s the direction they want to go in before full production.

    “What’s important is that we can turn a CAD idea into a physical object – a sample part – quickly, without going through the entire production cycle. So the prototype can then be tested for proper form and fit, and with some materials the customer can even be sure that the final piece will function as originally intended,” said C&J Industries Director of Engineering, Eric Sharman.

    Because there is no need to go through the longer process of building an injection mold that would be the final piece, customers can assess where the part’s design may need adjustment to function as intended.

    Sharman is quick to point out that other plastic injection molding companies may offer one or the other: either rapid prototyping or full production, but not both.

    “Companies need to look at whether the manufacturer they are considering doing business with offers both benefits — rapid prototyping and full production. That’s where C&J Industries is making inroads because we do both, on-site, and within the customers’ timetable,” Sharman said.

  • C&J Industries, Selected For Trade Magazine's Cover Story

    Monday, October 20, 2008

    MEADVILLE, PA — C&J Industries, a premier custom plastics manufacturer and plastic injection molding company, is the top story in the fall 2008 edition of ‘Plastics Business,’ a trade publication with a distribution of 10,000 that targets business executives throughout the United States.

    The story focuses on C&J Industries’ continued dedication to lifelong education for employees and potential employees. Every employee has a training program customized to his or her position and potential. Additionally, the company has paid for some employees’ entire college education.

    “Employee education is not only crucial to C&J Industries as a company, but the entire plastic injection molding industry overall. Expending our resources now will ensure we have an educated workforce well into the future,” said C&J Industries President Dennis Frampton, whose company has been involved in the plastic injection molding business since the early 1970s.

    The Meadville, Pennsylvania-based plastics contract manufacturer specializes in fabricating high-precision and complex injection molded components and assemblies. C&J Industries manufactures products for the medical device, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, industrial, transportation, consumer product, and business-machine markets. One of its largest clients is Dean Kamen of Segway Inc., manufacturer of parts for the Segway Personal Transporter. (https://www.cjindustries.com/company.php).

    Because of its high-technology footprint, C&J Industries offers ongoing technical and other education to enable employees to stay on top of their profession, and for the company to remain competitive in the global marketplace. To that end, Frampton is committed to providing employee educational opportunities that include in-plant seminars and paying for college tuition. The company budgets $100,000 a year for continuing education.

    “It amazes me how other companies invest very little, if anything, in employee education. They’re probably afraid that employees are going to look for higher paying jobs elsewhere. We’ll we’re not afraid, because ultimately we’re only as good as our best resource – employees,” Frampton said.

    But C&J Industries goes beyond educating its employees. With its collective eye on potential future employees, the company also is involved with local high schools, including one of the country’s premier technical schools, Precision Manufacturing Institute, in Meadville. The company also has a history of involvement with nearby Edinboro University, where Frampton’s father-in-law and company co-founder Dick Johnston served on the board of directors and was instrumental in establishing a satellite location for the university near the technical school.

    “Every company in the plastic injection molding business wants the best, most talented and educated employees. We’ve got them,” Frampton said.

  • Local Company Helps Human Transporter Move

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    By Ryan Smith
    The Meadville Tribune

    03/07/08- When inventor Dean Kamen and his technical staff first approached C&J Industries about getting involved in a new project, they kept their lips tight about their goal to build the world’s first electric, self-balancing human transporter.

    In fact, until it was wheeled out onto national television in 2001, all but one of the Meadville-based high-tech injection molding company’s top minds had no idea of the exact scope of the company’s role in developing Kamen’s Segway HT. “The only thing they would tell us was there was this new device,” C&J Marketing Manager Mark Fuhrman said recently. “They wouldn’t tell us what it was – they just needed a wheel.”

    That wheel and its assembly, along with the other related parts engineered and built at C&J – such as fenders, housing and platform mats – were developed in a matter of weeks under the watchful eye and quiet mouth of the company’s director of engineering, Eric Sharman.

    On the set product sampling date, Segway’s officials “walked in .. and asked about the part even before they took their coats off,” Sharman said. “We met their time targets.”

    Three generations of Segway HTs later, Kamen was connecting with northwestern Pennsylvania again Thursday as the featured speaker at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s first Dr. Jeremy D. Brown Millennium Leader Scholarship Luncheon in Erie.

    C&J President Dennis Frampton – who also serves as chairman of the Edinboro University Foundation – recently said he and university officials were “very excited” about Kamen’s visit, and recalled the inventor telling him early on in their working relationship that “what he wanted inscribed on his tombstone is ‘He Advanced the Field of Physics.’ ” But to do that, an inventor first needs some good help.

    “I am a huge supporter of C&J Industries as one of our (parts) suppliers,” Kamen told the Tribune in a pre-speech interview Thursday. “In business, it never goes as quickly as you would like. We need to know who we can count on and who will support us, and C&J has always done that for us.”

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