Staff reporter Shannon Ledson wrote the following news briefs at Remodel America, held March 16-18 in Las Vegas. North Star seeking help with fabrication
North Star Profile Extrusions of London, Ontario, is seeking fabricators to help assemble its vinyl window profiles.
The firm has been manufacturing and fabricating its own custom window profiles for seven years, but it wants to hand off some of the work to fellow fabricators and concentrate more on extrusion, said Jesse Dyck, sales manager.
North Star will retain about 10 percent of the fabrication, he said.
ReNew joint venture to distribute in Asia
ReNew Plastics Inc., of Luxemburg, Wis., has entered a joint venture with an unnamed company to distribute its recycled plastic decking planks in Hong Kong and Singapore.
The manufacturer of recycled high density polyethylene decking profiles now is offering its decking system overseas through those sales offices, but the manufacturing will remain in Luxemburg, said Steven Drab, a ReNew account executive.
ReNew decided to target the Asian market after it received calls from some Asian companies seeking an alternative to traditional wood decking, said Lonnie Vincent, ReNew marketing representative.
"They were having problems with infestation and rot," he said.
The profiles are slated for Hong Kong and Singapore's industrial markets, rather than the home improvement sector the company serves in the United States.
The planks will continue to be manufactured on ReNew's 10 extrusion lines at the 250,000-square-foot plant in Luxemburg, Vincent said.
ReNew is contemplating adding 25,000 square feet of space to its plant later this year and already has ordered three new extruders to be installed in the fall, he said.
Houston firm adds 2nd extrusion line
Houston-based R.H. Tamlyn & Sons Building Materials Inc. added its second extrusion line and expanded its Houston facility to 40,000 square feet in January.
The manufacturer of rigid PVC trim for fiber-cement sidings and soffits had only 12,000 square feet at its headquarters before the expansion, said Ron Tamlyn, branch manager at the Dallas location.
The new space should give the firm plenty of room to work with in the coming years, he added.
The plant in Dallas now has 20,000 square feet, but talks are under way to expand to 25,000-30,000 square feet during the next two years, he said.
Style-Mark opens plant in Unity, Ohio
Style-Mark Inc. has opened a new, 50,000-square-foot plant in Unity, Ohio, to manufacture polyurethane moldings and lineals.
The plant opened last month about 12 miles away from the headquarters in Archbold, Ohio, said national sales manager Tom Short.
The new plant is equipped with two foam presses.
Style-Mark also manufactures glass-fiber-reinforced PVC handrail balustrades.