EAGLEBROOK TO MAKE STRANDEX

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Plastic lumber maker Eaglebrook Products Inc. has become a licensee for the Strandex extrusion technology, which uses wood cellulose and polyethylene.

Chicago-based Eaglebrook licensed the extrusion die system in 1996 from Strandex Corp. of Madison, Wis., but Eaglebrook did not announce the news until March.

Eaglebrook already is a major plastic lumber extruder, through its Durawood PE recycled high density polyethylene profiles. Durawood EX lumber, as Eaglebrook is calling its Strandex-technology products, should double the company's lumber sales in two years, according to Eaglebrook President Mike Dahl.

Markets include architectural moldings, door jambs, windowsills and residential decking. Strandex is mostly wood.

``We have invested a substantial amount of our applied development effort on wood fiber/plastic composites for the last four years, and we have determined that this approach creates the best products and value for our customers and us,'' Dahl said in a prepared statement.

Benefits of Durawood EX include high modulus of elasticity, highly precise extrusion of complex shapes and the finishing characteristics of wood, according to Dahl.

``With the proper design, it can be competitive with lesser grades of timber, such as finger-joint pine, while at the same time it provides better performance,'' he said.

Eaglebrook Products employs 50 people. The new product line will create another 35 jobs at the company during the next two years.

Dahl said Eaglebrook was the second company to license Strandex lumber-making technology. The first was Columbus, Ohio, custom extruder Crane Plastics Inc.

Comptrusion Corp., a new company headquartered in Toronto, became the third Strandex licensee Feb. 1.