With an eye on becoming the largest recycler of post-consumer PVC in the United States, Bayshore Vinyl Compounds Inc. is finishing the construction of a 40,000-square-foot addition. Bayshore will install three new compounding lines in the addition, and will use 15,000-square-feet for production. The remaining space will be used as a warehouse.
Barry Axelrod, president of the Tennent, N.J., company, said the three new recycling lines will expand work now being done on one line in his company's 45,000-square-foot plant. The company now has four compounding lines.
With the added capacity, Axelrod said he hopes to gain more of Occidental Chemical Co.'s 12-million-pounds-a-year recycled PVC business. Axelrod was interviewed Nov. 20 by telephone.
OxyChem's recycled PVC program is 5 years old, according to Robert Elcik, manager for solid waste projects for OxyChem. Elcik spoke by phone Nov. 21.
Bayshore and another compounder provide toll-recyclingservices for OxyChem, and OxyChem sells the recycled PVC with 25 percent post-consumer resin under the Ecovinyl trade name. Ecovinyl is used in nonfood applications, such as household chemicals, automo-tive and detergent products, Elcik said.
Bayshore expects to have three twin-screw extrusion lines installed in the new facility by the end of December, Axelrod said.
The lines will be computer controlled, and will include high-intensity mixers and face-cut pelletizers, with the capacity to produce 18 million pounds of recycled resin a year, he said.
Bayshore will add 12 employees with the expansion, he said. It now employs 30.
When production begins in the new facility, Axelrod said Bayshore's four existing compound lines will be devoted to producing virgin PVC compounds - the original business Axelrod established when he launched Bayshore in 1986.
With the new capacity, Axelrod said he hopes to increase the firm's sales by 50 percent. This year, Bayshore will report sales of about $20 million, he said.