Toll compounder Westchester Plastics has increased its annual capacity 10-15 percent by adding twin-screw extrusion lines at plants in Nesquehoning, Pa., and Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Each plant received one of the new Werner & Pfleiderer lines, which were made by Coperion Corp., and replaced smaller, single-screw lines at the sites, Westchester national sales manager Glenn Rasberry said by telephone. Westchester now operates 21 extrusion lines at the plants.
The new capacity will help Westchester meet customer needs for compounding of high-performance resins such as nylons, thermoplastic elastomers and polyphenylene oxide, officials said.
Nesquehoning-based Westchester expects to add new feeding systems and pelletizers later this year and may add extrusion lines in 2004, Rasberry said.
The company, which employs 225, posted sales of about $30 million in 2002. The firm enjoyed 6 percent growth last year and has rung up six consecutive quarters of increased sales, Rasberry said.
In the past year, Westchester has benefited from resin makers - which make up the majority of the firm's customers - cutting back on the number of toll compounders they work with. Such moves often have thrown more work in Westchester's direction.
Westchester compounds most commodity and engineering resins, with the exception of PVC. The firm is a unit of Paoli, Pa.-based Ametek Inc., a publicly held maker of electric motors and electronic instruments that posted sales of more than $1 billion in 2002.