Dayton Technologies Inc. plans to triple its compounding capacity and buy several new extruders as part of the $12.5 million expansion of its Monroe, Ohio, plant.
The vinyl window and door maker will add 102,000 square feet of space as part of a two-part expansion.
The first part will consist of enlarging the blending facility to increase compounding capacity to 200 million pounds. Dayton uses most of its compounds for its own lineal production, but also sells some on the open market.
Dayton also will build a 20,000-square-foot addition to the raw materials and compound warehouse and docks. Construction on the first phase will be completed by spring 2000.
Dayton then will embark on phase two, which includes building another warehouse and purchasing new extruders. Dayton marketing director Bill Uhl said the company is unsure how many extruders it will purchase. That likely will be determined as business increases.
Staying one step ahead of future expected sales is the driving force behind the expansion.
Darwin Brown, Dayton's president and chief executive officer, said the company experienced a 30 percent increase in sales in 1998 and he expects the growth to continue.
``Our company has always believed that the vinyl profile industry has great growth potential and Dayton is a major player. This expansion will assure our capacity stays ahead of our growth,'' he said in an April 29 news release.
Parent company Deceuninck Plastics Industries NV of Hooglede, Belgium, is footing the bill for the project. Monroe government officials approved a 100 percent, 15-year tax abatement to expand the current 350,000-square-foot facility, Uhl said.
The deal, which will save Deceuninck a total of $1 million, was a factor in the decision to build onto the existing Monroe plant, he said.
As growth continues, Dayton plans to increase its employee base by 100 during the next three years.
Deceuninck North America reported 1998 sales of $75 million. It currently employs 465.