Exline Inc. is close to completing a $2 million expansion of its plastics equipment refurbishing business.
The company is building a 13,000-square-foot facility on its campus in Salina, where it is based, and plans to move its plastics division there from a smaller facility about May 1, said Randy Shandy, division manager.
``We're adding all-new equipment, like sprayers and blasters,'' Shandy said in a telephone interview. The division's staff has grown to 20 and more hires are expected when the new capacity is operational.
The 25-year-old plastics division makes new and reconditioned blending equipment, mixers, coolers, dies and other components mainly used in PVC processing. Its DuraCoat wear-resistant coatings are based on ceramics and tungsten carbide, Shandy said.
Exline, established 134 years ago, employs 170. The family-owned firm works in markets as diverse as natural gas transmission, the military and manufacturing industries to make, repair and overhaul heavy equipment.