By the end of the summer, employees of New England Extrusion Inc. will be breathing easier with 75 percent more space.
According to marketing manager Melissa J. Gardiner, the Turners Falls, Mass.-based company broke ground in May on a 45,000-square-foot addition. When completed in late August, she said, the addition will boost the facility's size to 105,000 square feet.
``Right now we are very cramped as far as space goes. This will allow us more room to handle finished and raw goods,'' Gardiner said in a May 21 telephone interview. ``This will allow more space for extrusion capacity and free us to better utilize the building.''
The expansion originally was planned for September of last year but was postponed when suitable warehouse space was found nearby. But that option is no longer available.
Gardiner said New England Extrusion has added 35 million pounds of extrusion capacity in the past three years. It is running three coextrusion lines and four monolayer film lines in Turners Falls. The company also operates a plant in Milton, Wis., where it has three monolayer lines.
New England Extrusion makes specialty film for the high-end converter market, especially food and medical packaging
``The stand-up pouches are the bright star on the horizon. Packaging is booming,'' Gardiner said.
In Plastics News' film and sheet manufacturing ranking in 2000, New England Extrusion ranked 93rd with sales of $35.2 million, nearly a 19 percent rise over its previous year.