Pelican Invests in American Manufacturing by Building the Largest Injection Molding Machine in the Western U.S.
Published August 7, 2023
Torrance, CA -
Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in rugged, mission-critical protective cases, coolers, and lights doubles down on its commitment to American jobs with a significant investment in its California-based factory. The Company recently fired up what’s believed to be the largest injection molder in the Western United States. Nicknamed “Thor,” and equipped with 3000 tons of clamp pressure, the machine can pump out a new Pelican case every 209 seconds. Thor now out-muscles “Colossus,” who, at 1800 tons has become Pelican’s 2nd biggest machine out of 23 on the factory floor.
“Made in the USA” has been a cornerstone of the Pelican brand since 1976 and, according to Kevin Miniard, Pelican’s Chief Operating Officer, it remains a high priority. “Pelican is a global leader in protective cases—our products are sold around the world. Still, we work hard to keep the majority of our production and our workforce here in the U.S. The investment in Thor demonstrates that commitment—as well as our non-stop drive toward innovative solutions.”
Thor will accelerate Pelican’s production capabilities by enabling the creation of larger cases at a faster pace, while maintaining the brand’s renowned quality, and durability standards. Thor will generate several products, including the 1755 Air Case, as well as the V730, V770, and V800 Vault Cases, and other long cases.
Thor features six chambers, designed to accommodate colored materials for efficient and seamless changes during the manufacturing process. This cutting-edge technology paves the way for new possibilities, allowing Pelican to meet evolving market demands. The scale of the build required the implementation of a custom crane and new infrastructure to facilitate the installation.
About Pelican Products
Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, temperature-controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, life sciences, industrial, entertainment, and in numerous outdoor markets. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 27 countries, with 23 international sales offices and eleven manufacturing facilities around the globe. In Europe, the company does business under the name Peli Products, S.LU. and the division which manufactures temperature-controlled packaging for the healthcare industry, does business worldwide under the brand Peli BioThermal. For more information, visit www.pelican.com.