Mikron Industries Inc. is doubling its eastern U.S. manufacturing presence in a project scheduled for completion early next year.
The Kent, Wash.-based window extruder will boost its manufacturing space to 300,000 square feet and add 30 high-output extrusion lines at its Richmond, Ky., location, officials said.
Officials are hush-hush on the investment amount, but said the expansion is being completed for several reasons.
``We're designing the plant from the get-go to have the versatility to meet some of the growing or changing market demand in composites. Up until now, we've had very dedicated lines and production facilities,'' said marketing director Richard Morgan. ``We're building it for long-term versatility and shifting of these materials.''
The expansion will include equipment and materials-handling options to produce vinyl and MikronWood components designed for window fabricators, and other building product uses throughout the world, including decking and millwork.
Mikron commercialized its composite products during the past three years. It opened the Richmond location in 1995 with 75,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. Last year, the firm opened a 60,000-square-foot facility in Renton, Wash., dedicated to composite extrusion.
Morgan would not provide details, but said Mikron plans to expand other facilities. In addition to Renton, Richmond and Kent, privately held Mikron also has a plant in Winnebago, Ill.
In Plastics News' most recent ranking, the firm reported $160 million in extrusion sales with 800 employees and 108 extrusion lines.