PAWCATUCK, CONN. — Davis-Standard Corp. is completing an expansion of its Pawcatuck headquarters as it integrates the recently acquired extruder product line of Bernex-Muller AG of Rorbas, Switzerland.
Davis-Standard is centralizing its service, spare parts and aftermarket departments in a new customer service center in Pawcatuck. Fred Bartkiewicz, vice president of marketing, said personnel will move into the new center in May. In total, the firm is adding about 40,000 square feet of space in Pawcatuck.
Late last year Davis-Standard completed the first phase of an expansion costing more than $3 million when it added about 8,000 square feet of space for assembly and testing areas for large extrusion systems.
That program also expanded its technical center to accommodate more staff.
Bartkiewicz said his firm expanded its line of single-screw extruders when it bought the Bernex-Muller product line early this year.
The line includes 11/4- to 5-inch extruders from and coextrusion systems with 1- to 11/2-inch extruders, as well as control systems and feedscrews. Bernex-Muller mainly sold the machinery in Europe. Davis-Standard is making the products at the ER-WE-PA Davis-Standard GmbH facility in Erkrath, Germany.
Bartkiewicz said Bernex-Muller wants to concentrate on its core business of manufacturing screws and barrels.
He did not disclose terms of the extruder deal.
Davis-Standard's sales grew 11 percent last year because of higher unit sales. Its backlog at the end of the year was $106 million, compared with $92 million at the end of 1996.