Building products company Kalsi Plastics (UK) Ltd. is adding extruders and injection presses and is set to open a new plant in Derby, England.
Kalsi officials said the company has outgrown its processing plant in Birmingham, England. The new, 6,000-square-foot plant will be dedicated to injection molded components.
The move allows the firm to double its Birmingham extrusion capacity, from four to eight lines.
The company supplies window and door fabricators in the United Kingdom. Kalsi more recently began selling its own line of branded products and is "experiencing quite a boom" in business, said General Manager Steve Pollard.
"The last 12 months has seen a significant growth in Kalsi's product range, market and customer base. We are undergoing quite a large expansion program, and we have run out of space in Birmingham," he said. "We are now offering to the industry our own brand products, where previously we concentrated on the core customers."
Originally, Kalsi's main manufacturing area was in PVC rain gutters and drainage systems. Today the firm also makes underground pipe and fittings.
Kalsi currently operates six Victor injection presses in Birmingham. The machines are being moved to the new Derby facility, where Kalsi plans to add three new, bigger presses of 385 and 550 tons to handle components for the underground pipe systems.
Pollard said the company is investing about 1 million ($1.45 million) in the overall expansion.
The plant will have 50 employees working a five-day week.
Kalsi employs about 200. Its 2000 sales were 5 million ($7.25 million).