After 25 years in the grinding business, Nicos Polymers & Grinding Inc. has grown into pulverizing, officials said.
The Nazareth, Pa.-based firm made its debut at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.
It's an unlikely place to find a plastics reprocessor, but President Jim Knicos said his firm seeks to tap new customers.
``We expanded from a capacity of zero to 10 million pounds in six months,'' he said in a Jan. 24 interview. ``We bought a pulverizer and it just started to snowball.''
The firm is now up to five pulverizers in its 180,000-square-foot facility. Its customers include window extruders and makers of PVC floor coverings and flexible vinyl roofing membranes.
Knicos also is tapping specialty markets, as companies with specialty blends need to have pulverized material.
``That will get away from windows, but we think that windows will give us 5 million pounds this year,'' he said. ``People just don't generate the scrap they used to. There's that much less scrap available for grinding. It's just not the same that it used to be.''
The firm moved to a new facility in late 2000, but still owns its original, 60,000-square-foot facility in Easton, Pa. The firm employs 65 and recorded $6.5 million in sales for 2002. Ninety percent of its business stems from grinding and pulverizing, and 10 percent is reprocessing.