MDS continues its growth arc in LSR, a niche business it has carved out in the U.S. Midwest. LSR work has helped fuel MDS’s 800 percent sales growth in six years since the company was founded by Dave Skaggs and his brother Mike Skaggs. Sales are now surpassing the $8 million per year mark. MDS entered LSR moulding in 2013.
Engel Holding GmbH MDS co-owner Dave Skaggs and his brother Mike Skaggs said their company has passed $8 million in annual sales.
MDS said it has cut delivery time by onshoring production from China. Delivery times for customers has been cut from six months down to six weeks.
That means that customers that once sourced 1 million parts per month from China now are buying 3.5 million parts per month from MDS. The faster delivery time, along with consistent quality, has helped fuel growth, according to the company.
In addition to the LSR-oriented Engels on its floor, MDS also runs eight regular thermoplastic injection presses and three injection stretch blow machines making baby bottles. In addition to baby bottle components, MDS uses LSR for breast pump parts, baby nipples and pacifiers and overmoulded plates and cutlery. Other key markets are medical, lawn and garden and recreational products. Skaggs said MDS employs 33 and also runs a tool building shop.
The new Engel press is a 100-tonner with Eco-drive for energy savings and a servo-actuated hydraulic valve for closed loop control on the injection unit. Other Engel press features also convinced MDS to stick with the press supplier.
“This Engel hybrid model provides the tie bar-less features that we like — easy access to the mold area and quick mould changes,” Dave Skaggs explained.
“We are constantly changing mould cores, and the open work area of the tie-barless machine makes the job quick and easy.”
Engel project engineer Steve Broadbent indicated that his company’s experience in LSR molding has helped support MDS’s growth.
“Dave and his team chose their suppliers based on their level of expertise in LSR moulding, not cost, and were willing to pay a higher price, when necessary, to work with these leaders,” Broadbent said in a news release.
Dave Skaggs said his company is planning for more growth and is negotiating for an existing facility in the St. Louis area. Its current plant has 27,500 square feet of space. MDS plans to open another factory sized between 60,000 and 90,000 square feet. The new operation will support MDS’s sales in the medical sector and allow it to mold products the company is designing.