IRONDALE, ALA. - Dapa Products, an Irondale-based pipe extruder, will add a second line within the next two months to make PVC products. Last year, Don Morton was looking for a business to get into. Although he had no experience in the plastics industry, when he learned that American Manufac-turing, a division of Ferndale, Wash.-based American Group, was selling its extrusion business, he ``just went for it,'' buying the business for $100,000.
``American Manufacturing is a rope maker,'' Morton said. ``Their biggest customer is Carnival Cruise Lines. Their extrusion business was a side line they wanted out of.''
Morton bought the extrusion machine, customer base, technology and inventory. As part of the deal, American's plant manager and operator agreed to help Dapa get started.
The firm now has five employees in its leased, 12,000-square-foot plant.
``We plan to move into a bigger [plant] by this time next year,'' Morton said.
The company now uses high density polyethylene to make products for the automotive, windows and doors, furniture, marine and luggage industries.
The firm had sales of $1 million for the fiscal year ended March 31.