Omni Plastics LLC, an Evansville, Ind.-based compounder, has doubled its capacity by installing a second twin-screw extrusion line a year ahead of schedule.
"Basically, we had a few key customers absorbing most of our existing capacity and we had to expand," Mark Thomas, Omni sales and marketing vice president, said by telephone Jan. 12.
The new line was installed in October and represents an investment of more than $1 million.
Omni's annual capacity now stands at about 20 million pounds. The firm's main products are glass-fiber-reinforced compounds based on polypropylene, polycarbonate and nylon sold into the automotive and consumer durables markets, including furniture and lawn and garden applications.
Thomas added that the new line, combined with a new metal-detection system and a fully automated bagging line for finished goods, will allow Omni to maintain flexibility and quick turnaround times. He said the company can give customers product samples within two weeks.
Omni expects to add a third line in the next 18-36 months, depending on demand. Its 50,000-square-foot site can accommodate a third line, but the company, which opened there in mid-1999, will have to expand its location or look for a larger site when it adds a fourth line, Thomas said. The company currently employs 15 and plans to add four to six workers in 2001.
Omni also will add production of custom color compounds this year. Its resin mix is expanding into other materials such as ABS and polyethylene as well, he said.
Privately held Omni declined to release a sales total for 2000, but said it expects sales to double in 2001.