MONROE, OHIO - By the year 2000, sales at vinyl window extruder Dayton Technologies should double, to $100 million, company officials said at the opening of a new, centralized plant halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton. The plant, located off Interstate 75 in Monroe, is ``one of the most technologically advanced*...*vinyl extrusion plants in America,'' Dayton Technologies President Darwin Brown said during the May 21 ceremonies.
The factory has 30 twin-screw extrusion lines and a new compounding and blending operation. Resin is delivered by rail.
With $50 million in 1994 sales, Dayton Technologies is tied for third place in Plastics News' first sales-based ranking of window profile extruders. Its profiles also are used to make patio doors.
The company is part of Aluminum Co. of America's Construction Products Group, based in Sidney, Ohio.
The $20 million, 350,000-square-foot plant in Monroe brings all Dayton Technologies extrusion and offices under one roof. About 200,000 square feet of that space was formerly the Dayton Color Press building; Dayton Technologies added another 150,000 square feet.
Dayton Technologies had occupied five leased buildings in the Dayton area, with 24 extrusion lines. The Monroe plant began operations in early May.
Brown said the move happened without any major business interruptions.
Six new extrusion lines have been added. The company buys Cincinnati Milacron, Davis-Standard and American Maplan extruders, according to Bill Uhl, marketing director.
By moving only about 15 miles south, Dayton Technologies has retained most of its employees. And employment is expected to grow from the current 325 to 500 in the next five years.
About 350 people attended the grand-opening ceremonies, held in the parking lot. Paul O'Neill, Alcoa chairman and chief executive officer, gave a speech about workplace safety.
Visitors toured a tooling shop with computer-aided design and prototyping, a facility for compounding and automated blending that allows the firm to compound 100 percent of its PVC, and the extrusion area.
Several speakers marveled at how far the company has come. Dayton Extruded Plastics was founded in 1969 by Bob Buhrman and Richard Hensley. They set up shop in a tobacco barn in Farmersville, Ohio, near Dayton, with one single-screw extruder.
The company expanded and relocated to Springboro, Ohio, in the mid-1980s, and later added an extrusion plant in Miamisburg, Ohio. Kusan Corp. bought the extrusion company, and then in 1990 Kusan Corp. itself was acquired by Alcoa's Stolle Corp. subsidiary.