Leon F. Slocomb Jr. has turned the reins of Wilmington, Del., window maker Acro Extrusion Corp. over to his son, and now the firm is building an extrusion plant. The company will break ground soon for a 125,000-square-foot building in nearby New Castle. When completed, Acro will move its profile extrusion operation there. Carl Slocomb, now company president, said Acro runs about 18 extruders. The investment should total about $4 million to $5 million.
Slocomb said the firm recently bought a twin-screw, 90-millimeter extruder to boost output. The extruder is from Krauss-Maffei Corp. of Florence, Ky.
Acro ranked 13th in Plastics News' recent survey of window extruders, with 1995 extrusion sales of $14.2 million. Acro extrudes its own profiles, then fabricates them into finished windows. Acro also sells to other fabricators.
The new building will allow Acro to centralize its fabrication operation, now housed in three small locations near Wilmington, into the company's current plant. The building measures 74,000 square feet.
``This really lets us put each business unit into a separate facility, because they really are two independent business units,'' Carl Slocomb said.
The company, founded by Leon Slocomb, started in 1959 selling vinyl windows. The firm started fabricating in 1960, then began extruding its own profiles in 1979.
In 1995, Acro sold a controlling interest to Deceuninck Plastics Industries NV of Belgium.
``This has been really a transition year in terms of transition in products as well as transition in ownership,'' Carl Slocomb said.
He said window sales have been flat this year, but ``we're expecting some pretty nice growth next year.''
Acro employs 155.
Leon Slocomb now works on building the new factory and developing new products.