PAWCATUCK, CONN. - Hi-Tech Profiles Inc. will spend $90,000-$100,000 to add a 2-inch extrusion line during the first half of 1997 in order to meet customer demand. The Pawcatuck company is poised to grow for the first time in its nine years of business, said Mark Ouellette, vice president of development.
In July, Hi-Tech moved from an 8,300-square-foot plant to a 17,000-square-foot facility. The manufacturing area contains 11,000 square feet. Although the firm currently has four extrusion lines, the plant has a capacity of eight.
``The hookups are on the floor so we can move a line in and we're all set up for it,'' Ouellette said.
Currently, the staff of 14 can handle one or two more lines, said Ouellette, so no new employees will be added next year.
The new line will serve automotive, military and industrial markets with electrical connectors made from nylon. Hi-Tech also uses ABS, acetal, polycarbonate and polysulfone for the food, lawn and garden, aerospace, refrigeration and marine industries.
Hi-Tech reported 1995 sales of $1.45 million.
Spectus opening distribution centers
WINNEBAGO, ILL. - Spectus Systems, a profile extruder, recently opened a distribution center in Rockford, Ill., and introduced three new color products.
The 100,000-square-foot, $1.5 million Rockford center opened June 15 to accommodate growth, said Judith Huff, marketing communications manager.
About 20 people work there, but the Winnebago-based company plans to double that figure within a year.
The company also is opening two more centers - one on each coast - later this year. Huff would not disclose where the centers will be located.
In the first quarter, Spectus introduced three new product lines - homogeneous Earthtone-brand, Paintable/Stainable 100 percent vinyl foil and a new Spectus-Coat Painted Lineal Program.
Spectus' headquarters, an 80,000-square-foot plant, has 17 lines and more will be added this year. It employs 120. The firm serves the window and door industry.
With sales of $20 million, Spec-tus ranked 69th in Plastics News' recent North American pipe, profile and tubing extruders survey, and 10th among window profile extruders.
Tru-Mension moves, expects to diversify
TITUSVILLE, FLA. - Injection molder Tru-Mension Manufactur-ing Inc. of Titusville has moved to a larger facility in the same city.
The firm invested $750,000 in the move, according to President Marc Fisher, and expects to expand its staff of 40.
The company moved from a 12,000-square-foot facility to the new, 20,000-square-foot plant to accommodate increased business and to diversify.
The firm, which also makes molds, serves the electrical, marine, construction, automotive and aerospace industries.
Aristech, Mitsubishi sign to form venture
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh-based Aristech Chemical Corp. and Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to manufacture and market cast acrylic sheet used in signs, spas, whirlpools, tub and shower units, countertops and architecture.
A location for the headquarters has not been determined.Aris-tech, an affiliate of Mitsubishi, employs 1,400 and makes chemicals and polymers.
Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. manufactures acrylic, polyester, ace-tate, carbon fibers, methyl meth-acrylate and ABS resins and optical fibers and membranes.
Midland Plastics moving headquarters
BROOKFIELD, WIS. - Midland Plas-tics, a custom thermoformer, distributor and fabricator of sheet, rod, tube and film, is moving its headquarters to New Berlin, Wis., in November.
``We're growing rapidly. Right now we're landlocked, there's no room to add on now and we want to get everything under one roof,'' said Brian Hense, vice president of operations.
At its current headquarters in Brookfield, Midland Plastics has 54,000 square feet in three buildings.
The company will have a 75,500-square-foot plant on 7 acres, giving it room to double its space in the future, according to Hense.
Officials would not disclose figures for the expansion.
Midland has two rotary thermoforming machines and other fabricating equipment. More equipment will be added when the company moves, but Midland has not determined the type or quantity.
Additional employees also will be hired.
``We cater to the industrial market, though we're not locked into any one market to help growth,'' Hense said.
The company employs 125 companywide and 80 at the Brookfield facility. It has four plants in Wisconsin - the others are in Green Bay, Madison and Wausau - and one plant in Rockford, Ill.