Adhesives maker Therm O Web Inc. has moved into PVC profiles manufacturing with the purchase of Color Tech Inc. of Sturgis, Mich. Therm O Web of Wheeling, Ill., acquired Color Tech's extruded PVC edge banding business Feb. 5 for undisclosed terms, said Therm O Web President Kenneth Glazer.
His company, which makes adhesives for both industry and consumers, also had been distributing PVC edge banding for a Canadian manufacturer in the United States, he said. But ``quality problems'' with that product led Therm O Web to consider either buying a maker of PVC edge banding or starting up operations of its own, he said by telephone from Wheeling.
``We had no control over [the product] we were getting,'' Glazer said. ``We were losing customers.''
The company opted ``to put a deal together with Color Tech,'' which has been extruding PVC edge banding since 1990, he said.
PVC edge banding is used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets, displays and shelving, among other products, he said. Color Tech, which extrudes it in both wood grains and solid colors, is known for its color matching, he said.
Glazer would not reveal the company's sales.
To accommodate Therm O Web's U.S. customers, Color Tech has tripled PVC extrusion capacity at its Sturgis plant, according to Glazer.
He said the new extruders, chillers and downstream equipment represent a ``substantial investment.''
The company, which employs 45, will operate as a unit of Therm O Web.
Paulette Leist, Color Tech's former owner and president, remains as chief executive of the division.
Therm O Web's plans for the new business involve adding new extruded products to Color Tech's repertoire, including profiles for windows and office furniture.
Therm O Web also intends to build a second, 60,000-square-foot plant in Sturgis sometime this year.
The company already has begun working with ABS resins, Glazer said.
Brian Neumueller, formerly with profile extruder Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. of Medford, Wis., was hired to head manufacturing.
Neumueller ``has the expertise to bring us into other fields,'' Glazer said.
At plants in Wheeling and North Chicago, Ill., Therm O Web manufactures hot-melt film adhesives used in laminations, as well as its Heat N Bond craft adhesives sold through retailers, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
The company also distributes wood veneers.
Its current distribution states include North Carolina, Washing-ton and Michigan, with California to be added to that list by March, Glazer said.
Before the merger the company had $25 million in sales and employed 100.