Plastic Processors Inc., a custom plastics extruder and rubber molder in the northeastern corner of Indiana, is moving its operations to a bigger building and adding two Davis-Standard extruders in a $750,000 expansion. The company is now moving equipment from its 12,000-square-foot plant in Hudson, Ind., a few miles away to Hamilton, Ind. The Hamilton plant should begin production Jan. 1, said President Jack Wetzel.
Plastic Processors extrudes plastic parts for the lawn and garden and furniture markets, among other customers. A major product line is rollers used on the bottom of lawn mower decks. The company extrudes them from recycled low density polyethylene.
The company also does custom extruding, using a variety of resins, including high density PE, PVC and nylon. Wetzel is selling the Hudson building.
The facility in Hamilton, purchased from LaMan Corp., measured 10,500 square feet. Plastic Processors has built a 28,500-square-foot expansion.
The two new extruders have screw diameters of 21/2 inches.
Wetzel said the company should boost employment from the current 28 to 35 next year, and 45 within the next two years.
Founded in 1978 as a plastic extruder, the company added molded rubber products in 1985, mainly serving the television tube industry.
Wetzel said the firm's rubber products include polishing laps and air bladders, used to grind and polish the surface of picture tubes.