AKRON, OHIO — Extrusion Services Inc., which supplies downstream equipment for plastic and rubber extrusion, has expanded into custom-made machinery, beefed up its engineering staff and opened its first satellite office, in Florida.
Don Hays founded ESI in 1981. Peter Anderson, a former executive of extruder maker NRM-Steelastic Co. of Akron, who left NRM to start his own consulting firm, joined the company in 1993. When Hays died the following year, Anderson and Declan Smith, longtime ESI engineer, bought the company. Anderson is president and director of sales and marketing. Smith is chief executive officer and director of operations.
ESI's standard product line includes pullers, vacuum sizing tanks for profiles, cooling tanks, cutters and saws and coilers. Customers extrude products for markets such as custom profiles, automotive, pipe and tubing, vinyl windows and plastic lumber.
``We're one of the few guys that'll really take on the custom work, or even modify a line of machines,'' Anderson said.
The company has boosted its engineering staff from four to seven in the past two years.
ESI does its own machining, welds its own frames and makes its software and electronics. Engineers design parts using Autocad 14. That data gets automatically downloaded to ESI's machining center and wire electric discharge machine.
On Aug. 1, ESI opened an office in Pompano Beach, Fla. The sales and service office is headed by Jim Bernatek, who has held processing management positions at several companies, including Aeroquip Corp. and Durakon Industries Inc. From 1990 through 1997, he ran his own custom thermoforming plant, Dytek Plastics in Pompano Beach.
ESI operates in a 25,000-square-foot building equipped with overhead cranes. The company employs 30. Annual sales are in the $3 million to $5 million range, Anderson said in an interview at ESI's Akron headquarters.