Newly formed Comptrusion Corp. acquired a license Feb. 1 from Strandex Corp. to make a proprietary plastic lumber product.
Toronto-based Comptrusion, established at the beginning of the year, is the third company licensed to make Strandex, a product developer by the Madison, Wis.-based company of the same name.
The extruder profiles for the building and construction industry use virgin polyethylene or recycled PE from bottles along with a prprietary compaound and cellulose. The cellulose can come from any sort of fibrous product, such as sawdust, wood chips, grain husks or peanut shells.
"We're negotiating our first contracts and plan to begin prototyping shortly," said Jim Pratt, Comptrusion's vice president of sales and marketing. "We're putting 100 percent of our efforts toward it."
In addition to PE. Strandex is developing a new product from PVC.
The plastic lumber is used in windows, doors, trim molds, decks and fences. Pratt added that it does not absorb water, has less shrinkage than wood and resists insects.
Comptrusion can supply sustomers immdeiately through an agreement it has with an unidentified company. however, Comptrusion hopes to be producing in a 25,000-square-foot plant in the Toront area by the end of this year or early next year. The firm plans to install three extruders this summer. The company, which now has three employees, plans to hire six to 10 more.
Strandex is about 70 percent wood.