NASHVILLE, TENN. — B&F Plastics Inc., a custom sheet extruder, is adding capacity by installing two extrusion lines.
The Richmond, Ind., company installed its first thin-gauge line last month. The company manufactures products such as file folders and binders, with thicknesses of 0.01-0.06 inches.
``We wanted to look into [thin-gauge] and try it,'' Greg Easley said at SPE's Thermoforming Division conference, held Sept. 19-22 in Nashville. ``Before, we could o nly do thicknesses down to 0.030 inches.''
B&F also plans to have its fifth heavy-gauge line running by the end of the month. That line primarily will foam polyethylene, but will be able to handle any material, he said.
The extrusion lines will give the firm a total of six twin-screw machines at its 90,000-square-foot facility. Easley declined to disclose the cost of the lines.
B&F Plastics serves the sign, automotive, recreational vehicle, athletic, office sup ply, marine and trailer industries with materials including PE, polypropylene, thermoplastic olefins and thermoplastic elastomers. The firm sells roll and sheet stock as well as compounds for injection molding customers.
B&F offers four trademark compounds. TirePlast is made of PE and recycled tires and has uses in running-board mats, splash guards and mud flaps. WoodPlast combines wood flour with PP and is used in marine and trailer floor panels. PE-based PolyFlex and PolyPro-brand PP are used to make printable sheet.
B&F employs 35. Easley would not disclose sales.