Mayhew Steel Products Expands With a New Injection Molding and Manufacturing Company

Turners Falls, MA: Mayhew Steel Products, Inc. (Mayhew ToolsTM) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the business assets of the injection molding and manufacturing company, originally Kelly Manufacturing, located in Clinton, Massachusetts. The plant’s wide range of molding machines, investment in automation and strong management team will compliment Mayhew Basque Plastics’ current operation which supplies component parts for Mayhew’s quality hand tool line in addition to servicing customers with proprietary products across diverse industries. By the end of 2016, all operations, including 15 injection molding machines and manufacturing personnel, will effectively consolidate into Mayhew’s 30,000 sq ft Leominster, Massachusetts plant and operate under the Mayhew Basque Plastics banner.

The combination of plastic operations will feature 31 injection molding machines ranging in size from 40-700 ton, 2 shuttle machines, a pad printer, and a hot stamp press. The complimentary integration of all machinery and processes will create greater scale and automation, increase capabilities within current and future products and leverage the combined skills and talents of Mayhew’s strong management, sales and engineering staff. Some of the main production items purchased by Mayhew include a hand tool line of paint scrapers and trowels.

“As a leading USA hand tool manufacturer and marketer, Mayhew’s vertical integration has proved invaluable in our ongoing lean initiatives. Internally sourcing many component plastic parts has prompted cost stability, lead time improvements, product quality and innovation. The integration of the Clinton, MA based plastics operation fully supports our rapid, reliable growth as the leading supplier of punches, chisels, pry bars and specialty tools while offering new and expanded capabilities to explore new markets in the plastics industry.” said Mayhew President John Lawless.

Mayhew Basque Plastics will now run a 7/24 facility under the guidance of new general manager, Chris Salinas. Chris was formerly a plant manager, instrumental in creating sales growth, and enterprise-wide automation in his previous position.

“Chris is well respected within the plastics industry and brings the experience needed to catapult our operation as best in class.” said John Lawless, “We are a respected, growing company and Chris will be the catalyst as we bring breadth, depth, and agility to our molding and manufacturing division.”
About Mayhew Steel Products, Inc., Mayhew Steel Products, Inc. manufactures high quality hand tools that are sold under the Mayhew ToolsTM name as well as other private brands around the world. Mayhew is a 160 year old manufacturer of hand tools, which began business in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts in 1856.

John Lawless, President
Mayhew Steel Products, Inc.
199 Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, MA 01376