A subsidiary of extruder Teel Plastics Inc. of Baraboo, Wis., is building a new facility devoted to plastic-fiber composites.
Construction for Teel/Global Research Technologies' 30,000-square-foot facility in Baraboo began in November. The compounding facility is scheduled to be completed in April, said Colin Felton, Teel/GRT's technical manager.
Primary targets of the new operation are the furniture, construction and automotive industries, Felton said.
Felton's research on composites led to his forming Global Resource Technologies in 1996. Teel, a manufacturer of extruded and pultruded tubing, later acquired the firm and made it a subsidiary.
Felton, a chemical engineer, said he will remain as technical manager of the new plant.
"The one thing we bring to this is more science and technology, as opposed to trade abilities," Felton said. "We have very technical people involved. We can bring a lot of expertise to the table that a lot of the other wood-plastic people don't necessarily have."
Felton hopes to create better ways to extrude wood-plastic material, as well as compounding plastics with other natural fibers.
He declined to offer sales projections for the new facility but said the company hopes to employ 30 there within a year.
With $24.3 million in sales, parent firm Teel Plastics employs 260.