DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - A 32-year-old marketing official of profile extruder Amesbury Group Inc. has left that Massachusetts company to run a newly created custom extrusion firm dedicated to serving the building and construction market. Alan J. DeMello said in an Oct. 8 interview at K'95 in Dusseldorf that in July he left Amesbury, where he had worked for six years, most recently as director of technical sales and marketing for the Foam-Tite division, to become vice president and general manager of Lineal Components Inc. in Portsmouth, N.H.
LCI becomes a member of the Hudson, Mass.-based Netco Inc. group of companies, which includes Netco Extruded Plastics, a Hudson extruder of tubing and profiles for the medical and telecommunications markets.
LCI will specialize in small-order quantities of multidurometer extruded components such as weather seals and dry glazing seals for all types of commercial and residential windows, patio doors, skylights, greenhouses and entryways. He said LCI offers a standard line of thermoplastic elastomer seals, as well as more complex, custom extruded components made of various thermoplastic resins.
LCI's modular die tech-nology allows for quick tooling and materials changes that facilitate efficient production and the handling of minimum-order quantities of as little as 5,000 feet, DeMello said.
He said LCI plans to manufacture at more than one site and to use a network of bonded warehouses across the country to reduce lead times on product delivery to customers.
DeMello declined, however, to reveal any details about plant size, staffing levels or investment plans.
The new company, which just opened its Portsmouth headquarters, also will offer various secondary services, including tight - tolerance, cut - to - length pieces; engineered end cuts; custom packaging; hot stamping; embossing and laminating; punching; and adhesive application.
Prior to his time at Amesbury, DeMello worked from 1985-89 for Wasco Products Inc., a Sanford, Maine, proprietary extruder and thermoformer of skylights. He has been joined at LCI by former Amesbury applications engineer Craig P. Croteau, who will oversee the new firm's computer-aided design and applications engineering.