Apex Plastics has for years been an exemplary model of how to get the most production out of a limited amount of space and human labor. When that space doubles in a few months, Apex Plastics President Damon Neff anticipates a substantial increase in ‘product flow’ without the immediate need to hire more personnel. “This is the best group of employees we’ve had here in 10 years,” adds Neff. “Rather than add jobs, we’re hopeful that this expansion will mean an increase in wages for the 30 employees we have. We have a low turnover rate, and we would like to reward those who have stuck with us.”

Apex Plastics has for years been an exemplary model of how to get the most production out of a limited amount of space and human labor. When that space doubles in a few months, Apex Plastics President Damon Neff anticipates a substantial increase in ‘product flow’ without the immediate need to hire more personnel. “This is the best group of employees we’ve had here in 10 years,” adds Neff. “Rather than add jobs, we’re hopeful that this expansion will mean an increase in wages for the 30 employees we have. We have a low turnover rate, and we would like to reward those who have stuck with us.”
Although the most apparent change brought about by the expansion from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet will be a sizable increase in office space, the production and warehouse areas will also benefit.
Presently, the only area available for conferences is Neff’s office, and the break room is so small that it can’t accommodate more than a few staff members at a time. But when the construction by Septagon of Columbia is completed next March, visitors and prospective customers will be greeted by a much more pleasing front office, while the small but mighty production crew will also see their work area grow. The warehouse in back will increase in size by 2,500 square feet, and when the wall separating the production area and warehouse is moved back, the production area will also expand. “We’ll be able to move some existing equipment out of the production area, which will in turn allow us to increase our output,” explains Neff.
Apex Plastics has also acquired two mammoth resin silos, which contain the raw material used to blow mold bottles of all shapes, sizes and colors. As those silos are located outside near the loading docks on the south side of the plant, less storage room is taken up indoors by the resin Apex must have to manufacture its products.  
Over the past year-and-a-half, the addition of two new machines has precluded the necessity of having workers trim plastic bottles by hand; the trimming is now done more quickly and exactly, with less hazard to employees.
While increased mechanization will restrict the need for additional personnel, Neff is hopeful that as production increases, he’ll be able to hire more full-time staff. Currently, he hires about five additional temporary employees during times of peak production.