Lamson & Sessions Co. relocated rigid PVC electrical conduit production from its Aurora, Ohio, plant to Nazareth, Pa., to improve the Nazareth facility's operating efficiency, according to an official. The relocation is part of Lamson & Sessions' ``rebalancing'' of production at several plants in response to changing market conditions, said James Abel, chief financial officer for the Cleveland-based firm. Abel did not disclose changes planned for other facilities.
The Aurora plant continues to extrude flexible electrical conduit using polyethylene and nylon, Abel said in a telephone interview. It also runs a compounding operation, and does assembly, retrofit and fabrication of plastic conduit components.
``Nazareth needs additional volumes and this is a low cost way of doing it,'' Abel said.
The relocation was a consolidation of rigid electrical conduit extrusion for the Northeast market, he said.
Lamson & Sessions also added a new extrusion line at Nazareth while it moved extrusion capacity from Aurora in the past few months. Abel did not disclose the plants' capacities.
Abel said his company recently opened a distribution center in Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pa., to serve the Northeastern U.S. market. The leased, 65,000-square-foot building is larger and more modern than warehouses it replaces at Nazareth and Aurora.
Lamson & Sessions placed seventh in Plastics News' 1995 survey of pipe, profile and tubing extruders, with estimated sales of $215 million. The company operates seven extrusion plants.