AUSTINTOWN, OHIO — It's their fifth move in 35 years but the folks at Vinylume Products Inc. said it's in their best interest to prepare for future growth.
The PVC extrusion and window fabrication company plans to spend $3.5 million to move, plus add two extrusion lines, Vinylume Vice President Orlando White said Feb. 12.
Expanding the existing plant wasn't feasible so in May Vinylume will leave behind its 70,000-square-foot building in Austintown for its new 200,000-square-foot location in Austintown Township, he said.
``God has a plan for us and it's unfolding. This is a major undertaking,'' White said.
The family-owned company currently manufactures about 15,000 windows a year for the construction and remodeling industries. It ranked 162nd on Plastics News' 1998 survey of North American pipe, profile and tubing extruders with relevant sales of $5 million in 1997.
Vinylume operates eight Milacron twin-screw extruders that can handle as much as 300 pounds per hour, White said. He plans to expand the business by purchasing two additional extruders that can run 600 pounds an hour.
Since his father, Jack White, and grandfather, Orlando White, started the firm, it has seen a steady growth of about 7 percent each year, which is slow but suits the younger Orlando White just fine.
``Growth has been kind of slow. We haven't gone overboard,'' he said. ``We try to be quality-minded. We make sure it's done right.''
When Vinylume moves to the new location, it will bring 20 new employees on board, more than doubling its staff in the past decade, White said.