LAKELAND, FLA. - A $500,000 investment in a 6-inch barrel extrusion line will immediately double the capacity of custom sheet extruder Witt Plastics Inc. of Florida, Carl Fiessinger, vice president and general manager, said Oct. 1. With two 41/2-inch barrel extruder lines now in operation seven days a week, the additional machine's capacity could allow the company to expand its material throughput to 10 million pounds per year, up from the expected 5.5 million pounds the facility expects to process in 1996.
``Our new line will pump about as much material as the two existing lines,'' he said.
This operational doubling could occur within two years' time, Fiessinger said.
The Lakeland facility, in operation in its current 24,000-square-foot location since 1983, specializes in extruding custom sheet in polystyrene, polypropylene and ABS in thicknesses from one-hundredth to one-half inch.
He said the additional extruder was purchased through a broker from National Seal Corp. of Galesburg, Ill.
About 10 new employees will be added to the 30 hourly workers already operating shifts around the clock at the plant.
Fiessinger said the expansion was not for the benefit or request of any one customer.
The Florida facility is a part of the Greenville, Ohio-based Witt Plastics Inc. The company was 107th in Plastics News 1996 ranking of film and sheet manufacturers, with sales of $26 million in seven extrusion lines at two plants.