Hoping to make a big splash on the West Coast, color concentrates maker Accel Corp. has opened a 27,000-square-foot plant in Ontario, Calif.
The site replaces a 7,000-square-foot building in Ontario occupied by Polytech Color & Compounding that Accel bought late last year. Two Polytech extrusion lines have been transferred to the new site, while a pair of new twin-screw extruders have been installed. A fifth line is to be in place in October, Accel President Dwight Morgan said in an Aug. 31 telephone interview.
The site, which employs 15, also operates liquid color manufacturing equipment, mixers and a research and development lab including roll mills, rotational molding ovens, injection molding and extrusion equipment for research and development, and other analytical testing devices.
``The California plant does a lot more work in engineering resins than our other sites,'' Morgan said. ``It sells into medical and electronic markets and does more small-lot pre-color work as well.''
Former Polytech owner Brian Cochran will continue to serve as general manager of the new Accel site.
Accel also operates plants in Naperville, Ill.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Avon, Ohio. Earlier this year, Accel moved its headquarters from Avon to North Ridgeville, Ohio.
Accel continues to scout for a location in the Northeast, either through acquisition or in a joint venture with a compounder, Morgan said.
Accel now employs a total of 110 at its four sites and expects to post sales of $20 million in 2004. The firm's sales were $16 million in 2003.