Bunzl Extrusions is making a move to fence in the competition.
Duall Plastics Inc. — one of seven former American Filtrona extrusion businesses now run as Bunzl Extrusions divisions — acquired the profile division of extruder Tri-Seal International Inc. of Blauvelt, N.Y.
Tri-Seal's profile equipment will be moved to Duall Plastics' Athol, Mass., headquarters in early 1998.
Duall also will take over Tri-Seal's customer list and technology, Neil Drozeski Jr. said by telephone from a fence trade show in New Orleans.
Tri-Seal's former fence slatting business will fit in nicely with that of Duall and another Bunzl subsidiary, A&B Plastics of Yakima, Wash., Drozeski said.
``Bunzl Extrusion's A&B Plastics and Duall subsidiaries are two of the major producers of fence slatting in the United States,'' he said. ``With the acquisition of Tri-Seal's top-locking and full-privacy fence slatting products, Bunzl Extrusion will be able to offer a complete line of fence slatting products. We intend to broaden our fence product line and continue to grow this portion of our business.''
Vinyl fence slatting is used to turn nearly transparent chain-link fences into a privacy-protecting barrier.
Tri-Seal President Bruce Burns said his company did well with the profiles division, building it up from zero to $4 million in sales in six or seven years. But Tri-Seal's main business is extruding closure lining material for packaging, Burns said.
``We recently were ISO 9001 registered on the packaging side, and that's really where our concentration and experience is,'' he said. ``There are so many opportunities on that side of the business. We want to concentrate on packaging, not packaging people's back yards.''
With the acquisition of Tri-Seal's profile division, Duall will be able to offer a ``winged'' version of the slats that block 100 percent of the view through the chain links. Normal slats cover only about 75 percent because of the ``knuckles'' formed by the chain links.
Tri-Seal developed and patented a coextrusion process to add wings to the slats, Burns said. The patent is part of the sale to Duall.
Both Duall and Tri-Seal also produce custom profiles for other markets, including medical, transportation and industrial.
Tri-Seal ranked 73rd on Plastics News' most recent list of pipe, profile and tubing extruders, reporting 1996 sales of $20.3 million. At that time Tri-Seal employed 140 and operated a total of 21 extrusion lines.
Burns said the deal with Duall will not result in job cuts at Tri-Seal.
``That's one of the positives of this deal,'' he said. ``Nobody will be losing any jobs. We will be growing other portions of the business.''
The acquisition of the profiles division includes six extrusion lines, Drozeski said, which will add an undetermined number of new jobs to Duall's Athol plant.
Tri-Seal's national sales manager for the profile division, Richard Brooks, has moved to Duall, Burns said.
Bunzl Extrusions — listed under its former American Filtrona name — placed 31st in a Plastics News ranking, with 1996 profile and tubing extrusion sales of $69 million, 400 employees and more than 90 extrusion lines at its seven locations. American Filtrona also reported $20.7 million in 1996 sheet extrusion sales, placing 121st in that ranking.