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Quality Lineals expanding extrusion operations

By: Frank Antosiewicz

October 11, 2012

MERRICK, N.Y. (Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m. ET) — Quality Lineals USA Inc. is taking steps to ramp up its extrusion manufacturing, opening a 55,000 square foot addition in Freeport, N.Y., adding five lines and instituting a new scrap recycling program, according to company executive Steven Kaiserman.

Quality Lineals operates an extrusion plant and a recycling operation at its Freeport plant, which has grown from 25,000 square feet to a total of 80,000 square feet.

Its sister company, NorthEast Windows USA, Inc. operates in nearby Merrick, N.Y., and houses the corporate headquarters. It also manufactures vinyl windows, and PVC fencing and railing systems at its 35,000 square foot site.

“We’re running 24/7 extruding since the new addition opened and six days a week in Merrick,” Kaiserman said in a telephone interview.

Overall, according to Kaiserman, the company has 14 extrusion lines. Five have co-extrusion setups that run fencing. The company has Davis-Standard and KraussMaffei equipment, and it has purchased two American Maplan — now known as Battenfeld-Cincinnati USA — 110 mm machines that will be installed in the winter, after the company’s peak season.

The 65-year-old window company started extruding in 1989, and added PVC fencing two years ago.

The company primarily servers replacement market customers on the East Coast, but it also has customers in the Midwest and overseas.

The company has added 25 workers in the past year, and now employs 120.

The company uses recycled vinyl in its fencing that it collects through a buyback program from its window customers. Kaiserman said the company has a shredder and a pulverizer to recycle the materials.