Reporter Bill Bregar gathered these announcements at the Builders' Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, Jan. 26-29 in Houston.
Screen Tight adding extrusion equipment
Screen Tight, which already runs one extruder making flexible PVC profiles for its easy-to-screen porch-screening product, plans to add another extruder late this year and get into custom extrusion, according to company spokesman Robbie Hokum.
Screen Tight, based in Georgetown, S.C., bought a 21/2-inch Davis Standard extruder in late 1994, he said. The screening business is seasonal, and the second machine should enable the company to run more during peak periods, according to Hokum. But that also means more free machine time the rest of the year.
Royal Plastics has Builders' Show debut
Royal Plastics Group Ltd. of Weston, Ontario, had its first-ever Builders' Show booth, a tiny exhibit in the Canadian pavilion.
The company showed an extruded profile with a granite appearance obtained with ingrained fabrics, such as those that might come as waste from a clothing manufacturer.
Better-Bilt shows new awning window
Better-Bilt, a unit of England's Caradon plc, introduced an awning window, Series 9340, in white and almond.
Extruding the PVC parts for the awning window are Royal Plastics Group Ltd. of Weston, Ontario, and Veka Holdings Inc. in Fombell, Pa. Better-Bilt is based in Norcross, Ga.
Marley's moldings feature wood grain
Marley Mouldings Inc. of Marion, Va., has introduced extruded polystyrene moldings with a wood grain bonded to the surface, using a grain image formed onto paper.
Marley is calling the product its Royal Collection.