Hartman Industries Inc. of Honey Brook, Pa., is up and running full speed, bringing 3.5 million pounds of capacity for low density polyethylene foam sheet products to the market.
The company, which began operations in January 2000, extrudes LDPE sheet for shock absorption, thermal insulation, cushioning, construction and packaging applications.
Hartman operates one Gloucester tandem extruder, said Amy Hartman, vice president of sales and marketing.
"This is our first full year of running full out," Hartman said in a telephone interview. "We had a line, and we made upgrades, and now we have it up and running full speed."
Hartman and her husband, Rob Hartman Jr., started the company last year after they "left the corporate world," Amy Hartman said.
"We decided to go out on our own," she said.
That switch was made a little easier because of the Hartmans' experience in the plastics industry.
Hartman Industries leases space from Hartman Plastics Inc., which is owned by Rob Hartman Jr.'s parents. Hartman Plastics makes laminated polystyrene foam boards, primarily for the graphic arts market. Other than a shared address and family ties, however, Hartman Industries is not affiliated with Hartman Plastics, Amy Hartman said.
The Hartmans' startup has been successful enough to prompt more expansion plans.
"We're looking at adding lines and building space next year, possibly at another location," she said.
The company, which employs seven, is located about 40 miles west of Philadelphia, near Reading, Pa. It sells primarily stock items by the truckload, although it can produce custom widths, thicknesses and densities, Hartman said. Hartman Industries also has the ability to produce color foam. Hartman Industries sales last year were not disclosed, but the company expects $1 million in sales for 2001.