WARREN, MICH. - Atrex, an extrusion company based in Warren, has added six extrusion lines in the past few months and plans to add four more within the next month or two. The company has acquired two to three large contracts, said general manager Dennis Dunlop.
``Well over $1 million'' has been invested in the project, he added. The company will add 20-30 employees to its staff of 110.
While Atrex extrudes decorative trim for advertising customers, its biggest market is the automotive industry.
Atrex will have 31 lines when the expansion is complete. The firm reported 1995 sales of $14 million. Its parent company is Livonia, Mich.-based NYX.
Scandia adds staff, extruder line, space
PLAISTOW, N.H. - Scandia Plas-tics Inc., a pipe, profile and tubing extrusion firm, is completing an addition this month and has installed an additional extrusion line.
The Plaistow-based firm is investing about $250,000 in the project.
The 4,600-square-foot addition for warehouse space will help with the overall production, said President David Hallett.
``We're adding equipment and our production area is becoming bigger, while our warehouse is getting smaller. This will help with just-in-time delivery,'' he said.
The 21/2-inch extruder is in the plant but not yet in production. Three or four employees will be added to the staff of 62.
Scandia has 10 lines with 2- to 31/2-inch-diameter machines. It serves the telecommunications, medical, food, automotive, electronic and filtration industries.
The company reported 1995 sales of $6.4 million.
Caltrans approves deeper HDPE pipe
FINDLAY, OHIO-Corrugated polyethylene pipe now can go deeper into the soil around California highways.
The California Department of Transportation has changed its design procedure to allow high density PE pipe to be buried as deep as 29 feet. Previously, Caltrans allowed the pipe to be buried 9-12 feet.
``Caltrans' policy revision is another indication of the growing recognition for the structural integrity of corrugated polyethylene pipe,'' said Bill Altermatt, vice president of marketing for Hancor Inc., a Findlay-based pipe extrusion company.
California allows HDPE corrugated pipe up to 36 inches in diameter for highway drainage.
``We may even see the state give approval for 42-inch and 48-inch diameter corrugated polyethylene pipe in the near future,'' Altermatt said.
The depth requirement is contained in the state-modified Section 18 design procedure of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, covering AASHTO M294 corrugated PE pipe.
In other highway pipe news, Hancor also said AASHTO earlier this year issued a provisional specification for 42- and 48-inch corrugated PE pipe.
``AASHTO's approval ... will help the entire HDPE industry continue to expand, especially within the highway construction market.''