Alpine Plastics Inc. now is doing its own molding.
The Orem, Utah, firm specializes in vinyl balusters for the construction industry.
Last year, Alpine relocated to a 20,000-square-foot, leased site in Orem from its original location in Alpine, Utah, said President Phil Barker in a Feb. 25 interview at FenceTech, held Feb. 25-27 in Orlando.
Since its founding in 1995, Alpine had used an outside firm to blow mold its components. But Barker said Alpine can achieve more variation with thermal molding, a process similar to thermoforming that Baker said is less expensive than blow molding. Officials equipped the new site with two baluster machines and one bending machine, Barker said.
Alpine is focusing on products like ``belly'' balusters, which mimic the belly shape found in wrought-iron balusters. Alpine developed the product during the past two years. Alpine serves the residential and commercial markets.