Oscoda Plastics Inc. plans to add another vinyl sheet extrusion line next year following a $1 million facility expansion and upgrade in 2002.
Oscoda completed a 30,000-square-foot building addition in the spring and currently is using the extra space as a warehouse, accounting manager David Wagner said in a telephone interview from his company's plant in Oscoda, Mich. The company probably will use some of the space for a new extrusion line next year.
The private company plans to buy a 6-inch extruder to make its line of flooring products based on recycled vinyl. It now runs two Davis-Standard 6-inch extrusion lines to make industrial and commercial flooring up to a quarter-inch thick. Its Protect-All line of flooring sheets finds use in commercial kitchens, gymnasiums and other areas with heavy-duty traffic. Sales have been growing, spurring the need for more capacity. Oscoda reported $3.5 million in film and sheet sales for 2001, up 30 percent from 2000.
Oscoda also runs two 41/2-inch extrusion lines to make its flooring sheet and for Proflex expansion joints for concrete. The company also does a small amount of injection molding, mainly polycarbonate and polypropylene roof details and hardware for sister company Dura-Last Roofing Inc., a vinyl roofing membrane producer in Saginaw, Mich. Oscoda's total sales, when including those and similar products, were $8.7 million last year.
Wagner said Dura-Last provides much of the scrap vinyl Oscoda turns into flooring. Oscoda also recycles automotive seat vinyl.
Oscoda's latest capital project included installing a new cooling system.
The building addition boosted its floor space to 135,000 square feet.