DelStar Technologies Inc. has acquired two extruders of profile tubes and cores. The deals are designed to beef up its offerings to the filtration and separation industries.
Middletown, Del.-based DelStar announced April 1 that it acquired Industrial Research Machine Products LLC of El Cajon, Calif., and Coretec Plastics Inc., based in Richland, Pa.
DelStar said it will keep the facilities open. The combined firms now will have more than 300 employees.
``We're seeing very strong growth in filtration in air and liquid, but a pretty strong concentration in water,'' said Tim Cullen, vice president of sales and marketing, in an April 7 telephone interview.
``Our combined product offering will allow us to serve these customers in these markets now better.''
The products will be marketed under the Coretec brand name, with its line of center tubes, netting support materials and filtration media.
Both companies are privately held.
``We will maintain our focus on the filtration, medical and industrial markets and our priorities will continue to be driven by our customers' requirements,'' Mark Abrahams, DelStar president and chief executive officer, said in a news release.
DelStar has expanded in the past year with two Naltex plastic netting extrusion lines and a melt blown extrusion line, installed at the headquarters site.
The company's plant in Austin, Texas, will have a Naltex plastic netting extrusion line fully commissioned by the end of summer, Cullen said.
The firm operates a warehouse and sales office in Bristol, England, and a sales office in Shanghai, China.
DelStar formed in 2001 when U.S. Netting Inc., doing business as Naltex, merged with the former Applied Extrusion Technologies Inc.'s specialty nets and nonwovens business.