Inline opening plant in Salt Lake City
SHELTON, CONN. - Packaging thermoformer Inline Plastics Corp. plans to set up a manufacturing and distribution facility in Salt Lake City.
``The expansion into Utah will bring us much closer to key clients,'' said Inline President Thomas Orkisz in a news release issued by Economic Development Corp. of Utah. The new facility will improve service, reduce freight costs and provide a platform for continued growth in the West, he added.
Inline expects the new, 84,358-square-foot building to be fully operational in July. Initially the facility will employ 35, but Inline hopes to expand to more than 100 workers eventually. Steve Muir was named plant manager.
Salt Lake City provides a productive workforce and cost advantages compared with other Western states, said Niel Youngberg, Inline vice president of operations. Transportation infrastructure is another advantage, local government officials said. Utah beat out potential sites in Wyoming and Nevada, they said.
Privately held Inline, based in Shelton, has facilities in Connecticut, California and central and Eastern Europe. It produces oriented polystyrene and PET rigid packaging for bakery, delicatessen and food-service applications.
Decking maker Epoch building facility
LAMAR, MO. - Compression molder Epoch Composite Products Inc. has broken ground on a 167,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lamar, its headquarters city.
The company makes composite decking in a blend of wood fiber and polyethylene, marketing it under the EverGrain brand name.
Officials said the plant will be fully operational by February. The facility will allow Epoch to nearly double the capacity of its Lamar operations. Epoch expanded its existing Lamar facility earlier this year to about 200,000 square feet.
Officials would not disclose details about new machinery.
``Multiple production lines are already on order, with the first lines in the series scheduled to be operational in the fourth quarter of this year,'' said Vice President Tim Whelan.
Compression molding allows for a deep grain and a density that resists moisture absorption and improves weatherability, the company said. Epoch entered the market in 1999, growing its product line into matching skirting and railing systems. It is owned by Tamko Roofing Products Inc. in Joplin, Mo.
Edge invests in FRP decking expansion
NEWPORT, PA. - Edge Building Products Inc. will have a second extrusion site by the end of summer.
The Newport-based manufacturer of cellular PVC trim boards selected New Holland, Pa., for the new, 28,000-square foot facility. The plant will be dedicated to production of the firm's Duration deck product, made from fiber-reinforced cellular PVC.
Edge said it will invest well over $2 million in the three-year project, which will add 50 employees. Edge now employs 43.
``I look at the trim market as something that has very rapid growth, but excess capacity,'' said Jeff Nesbitt, vice president of technology and part owner. ``Decking has much faster growth. The market is being bombarded with trim products. I think that's going to be a real problem.''
Officials said they have seen a large increase in trim boards imported from countries like China, India and Germany during the past year. Edge is working to differentiate its deck products.
``It's going to retain its color and it's going to be recognizable,'' said Bob Harris, who was named president in January.
``The real key here is that we aren't going to call our product a composite. Everything we're doing on behalf of the Duration product line will be fiber-reinforced PVC.''
Shaio replaces Liebergesell at Farrel
ANSONIA, CONN. - A changing of the guard at Farrel Inc. promotes Alberto Shaio, an 18-year veteran of the Ansonia maker of extruders and mixers, to president and chief executive officer, replacing longtime top executive Rolf Liebergesell.
Liebergesell remains chairman of Farrel's board of directors, in a nonexecutive capacity, the company announced June 9 at its annual shareholders' meeting.
Shaio has held numerous sales positions at Farrel since 1986, most recently senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Farrel makes mixers, single- and twin-screw extruders, compounding machinery, pelletizers, gear pumps and mills. It supplies equipment to plastics and rubber companies.