TORONTO - Royal Plastics Group Ltd. plans to produce vinyl siding and other building products in Poland for the Eastern European market, the firm announced Feb. 22. Royal spokesman Mark Badger said his firm hopes to begin production before the end of its fiscal year on Sept. 30. It has not decided on details of the production plant's size or location, Badger said in a telephone interview from Royal's new corporate office in Woodbridge, Ontario, about five miles north of Toronto.
The vinyl extrusion major's first step was acquisition of 80 percent of American Building Products Corp., which has about 20 distributors in Poland. ABP acquires vinyl siding from undisclosed manufacturers and resells it in Eastern Europe. Its sales in the region have grown to more than US$10 million annually in the five years it has been active there, Badger said.
ABP's Polish subsidiary has been renamed Royal Europa Sp. z.o.o. Royal Europa will make and sell a range of vinyl products, including Royal's modular housing system.
Bogdan Fusiek, president of ABP, said in Royal's news release that PVC building products are well-accepted in Eastern Europe and that his firm's sales there have been growing at a double-digit pace. Fusiek was unavailable for comment.
Badger said he would continue to be involved in ABP, which has its U.S. head office in Boston.