DAYTON, OHIO - American Extrusion Services Inc. plans to nearly triple its space. The firm broke ground June 28 on a 15,000-square-foot facility a few miles from its existing plant. The site should be complete by the end of October.
The Dayton company now operates out of a 5,500-square-foot building. It rebuilds extruders, gearboxes and supplies barrels, feed screws and control cabinets. The company also provides field service to the single-screw extrusion market.
The estimated $1 million expansion includes a 71/2-ton overhead crane and a 16-by-14-foot, drive-in door, according to Norm Zintz, vice president and operations director. He said the new setup will improve efficiency and allow for better station-to-station work.
AES was founded in 1989 as a service company, and sales have grown about 30 percent a year. It now employs 13 full-time workers and part-time help.
``We don't sell our own extruders, so we are [original-equipment-manufacturer] friendly,'' Zintz said.
He said the business has not been hurt by the current economic slowdown, and expectations are optimistic as long as the recession remains mild. Zintz said many companies take advantage of slow times by rebuilding their machinery.