OOSTBURG, WIS. — Dutchland Plastics Corp. has added three rotomolding machines since December and now is running three shifts, six days a week.
The company did not reveal the cost of the expansion.
The family-owned firm, founded in 1967 by the Claerbout family, has annual sales of nearly $15 million, said sales director Daven Claerbout.
His brother Carl is general manager.
``In three years, we've added about 40,000 square feet,'' Daven Claerbout said in a Feb. 20 telephone interview.
The company, which employs 180, produces more than 3,500 parts at its Oostburg facility, north of Milwaukee. Five buildings make up the headquarters and plant, totaling 140,000 square feet, he said.
The company also maintains a secondary department that includes cutting, routing, sawing, drilling, buffing and assembly operations. The company's urethane foam department uses both hydrochlorofluorocarbon-blown and water-blown rigid urethane foam.
Dutchland is using nearly 2.5 million pounds of polyethylene annually, he said. Use of semi-rigid and flexible plastisols exceed 1 million pounds a year, he said.
The company's product line includes statuary, institutional furniture, playground equipment, lawn and garden items, lamps, point-of-purchase displays, automotive parts and food-service products.