QUALITY LINEALS ADDS LINES TO EXTRUDE WINDOW PROFILES

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FREEPORT, N.Y. — Quality Lineals Inc. said it plans to expand window profile extrusion capacity this year by adding two Davis-Standard twin-screw extruders.

The Freeport-based firm will install the two lines before spring, giving it 12 Davis-Standard extruders.

The project follows an expansion last year in which it added several Davis-Standard lines and downstream equipment at a total cost exceeding $2 million, according to Jeffrey Kaiserman, co-owner of Quality Lineals. It also runs five Arburg presses to make latches and window-related products.

Quality Lineals has grown rapidly since its inception in 1989, according to Kaiserman. That year he and Bertram Sayer established the company and purchased several used extruders to make profiles for North East Windows, a Merrick, N.Y., company now owned by Kaiserman.

Quality Lineals eventually replaced the old, single-screw extruders with Davis-Standard twin screws and since has expanded sales to 23 U.S. window fabricators and about a dozen fabricators offshore in Russia, Croatia, Poland, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region. Its annual sales are about $8 million.

Kaiserman said his firm gains market share by competitive pricing. The company keeps overhead low and gets favorable power costs from the local electric utility.

Davis-Standard Corp. is in Pawcatuck, Conn.