Corrugator manufacturer Corma Inc. is building a 25,000-square-foot addition to its Toronto headquarters factory.
Corma makes corrugators for plastic pipe. The 25-year-old firm claims to be the only corrugator maker that does not also make pipe.
Corma's expansion—the fourth since the company built the Toronto factory in 1984—should be completed in May, said Annette Lupke Kovalik, senior vice president. The building now measures 80,000 square feet. When the expansion is done, the plant will measure 105,000 square feet.
Sales are up 35-40 percent this year for Corma. The privately held company would not release dollar figures.
Corma needs more space to increase its corrugator assembly area, relocate and expand its quality-control department and double the number of shipping-bay doors, Kovalik said.
The plant also is doubling its electrical power capacity, so it can test large equipment more easily. Corma is making some big corrugators. Its Model 4020, introduced late last year, can produce 48-inch pipe. Corma shipped the equipment to an overseas company, which it would not identify, for use in a government project.
Corma tests its corrugators by actually running pipe on them, which means hooking up an extruder and downstream equipment. For big lines, the company is forced to bring in generators.
Corma runs its own foundry, turning out steel and aluminum. It recently added a furnace to boost aluminum production.
``We have total control of the content of our aluminum and steel for our mold blocks,'' said Stefan Lupke, executive vice president. ``When you subcontract your castings, not only are you at the mercy of someone else's timetable, but you also don't know what you're getting from one batch to the next.''
Corma introduced its improved mold-block cooling at NPE 1997. The air-cooled system uses the same channels as the mold block's vacuum system.
The company does not have a final dollar figure on the expansion, Kovalik said.