LEESBURG, VA. - Rehau Inc., a Leesburg-based pipe, profile and tubing extruder, recently expanded an extrusion plant in Michigan and built an injection molding and extrusion plant in Alabama. The $1.5 million expansion at the Sturgis, Mich., plant added 37,500 square feet, boosting the facility's total area to 89,000 square feet. Although officials would not reveal the number of extrusion lines, the firm will add 30 employees to the staff of 70 when the expansion space is fully used.
The expansion, completed in December, helps Rehau serve its major customers in the area, such as office furniture makers Herman Miller Inc. and Steelcase Inc. The edge-banding, tubing and T-moldings are made mainly from PVC. Rehau also upgraded production capabilities to include fabrication processes that help develop custom furniture profiles.
The 195,000-square-foot Cull-man, Ala., plant was built to serve Mercedes-Benz AG, its major customer in the area. Rehau injection molds bumpers from polypropylene, PVC and thermoplastic olefin.
The injection presses have clamping forces of 25-3,000 tons. The extrusion done there uses PVC to serve the automotive industry as well as other markets Rehau targets.
The plant itself cost $15 million. Some 50 people are employed there and that number is expected to reach about 300 by 1999. The plant opened in December.
Rehau has nine plants in North America. It serves the automotive, furniture, building and construction, municipal, heating, agriculture, beverage dispensing and home appliance markets. Its parent company, Fraenkische Plastiks, is located in Rehau, Germany, and employs about 10,000 worldwide.