Haysite Reinforced Plastics added pultrusion to its thermoset processing lineup two years ago. Now it has completed an expansion of the pultrusion business. The Erie, Pa., company, a unit of Alco Industries Co., also plans a third expansion phase that will add pulling stations and new advanced auxiliary and control equipment.
P. Richard DiRienzo, Haysite president since January, expects business to increase by 30 percent this year due to tooling and product improvements. The firm has more than 60 standard shapes for the electrical, corrosion and structural plastics industries. The recent expansion also included new advanced heat-distribution controls.
DiRienzo declined to reveal how much the company has invested in the expansion.
Haysite has made fiber-reinforced thermoset plastic products for 40 years, including pultruded shapes, sheet products, and custom compression, transfer and injection molded parts.
``Pultrusion is the latest line we got into, and it's a growing market,'' he said.
Haysite has two major pultrusion lines, and has modified equipment to extrude profiles 121/2 inches wide and 91/2 inches long.
The firm also has doubled its capacity for adding reinforcing roving.
``We went from 1,500 pounds of reinforcements to 3,000 pounds - to get enough roving glass to handle the larger jobs, without creating a lot of downtime,'' DiRienzo said.
The expansion of the private molder is not complete.
``We are talking about phase three. We're looking at a large compression press for the laminates we are molding,'' he said.
The third phase is scheduled for completion in early 1997.
The company has 100,000 feet of manufacturing space at its Erie plant and has 100 production and 40 sales and administrative employees. Its key markets are in electrical and corrosion containing applications, said DiRienzo.
``We stay away from automotive and high-volume production such as ladder rails. We have no intention of competing there.
``Our main markets are in the laminated sheet for the electrical insulation and corrosion markets,'' he said.
The company also produces sheet and bulk molding compounds.
Haysite started as part of a family-owned company in Erie and became part of a number of other parent companies before its eventual sale to Alco Standard in Valley Forge, Pa., DiRienzo said. Alco Standard spun off 25 companies into smaller Alco Industries, also in Valley Forge. Haysite is one of the remaining 13 firms.