U.S. Polymers Inc. of Commerce, Calif., is expanding its line of Duramax building products and is seeking a new facility in its headquarters town for fabrication expansion.
The firm also will set up a distribution warehouse in Georgia, although that location has not been determined yet, said Viken Ohanesian, general manager.
The company makes steel-reinforced vinyl storage sheds, and recently added a 10-foot-by-15-foot garage and greenhouse product made of polycarbonate.
``They hit a spot in the market,'' Ohanesian said of the PC greenhouses. ``They're durable and long-lasting and about half the cost of glass greenhouses.''
The company has two facilities now in Commerce, but will add the third site as a dedicated distribution facility. One will be maintained for extrusion, one for fabrication and another for distribution, largely driven by growth in the company's building products segment.
The company exhibited at the National Hardware Show, held May 9-11 in Las Vegas. During the past five years, the firm has refocused on products like fencing and building products as it competes in an increasingly fierce market.
Harwal Group of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, started the unit in 1983 as a vinyl compounder and then grew into specialty pipes and vinyl vertical blinds. In 1989, it divested its compounding unit to BF Goodrich.
It exited vertical blinds years ago, selling the unit to Royal Group Technologies Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario. Ohanesian said the company now is seeing competition increase from overseas players entering the U.S. market and from expanding U.S. companies.
``Although business is up year over year, there is a lot of competition in the market,'' he said. ``You increase product breadth and depth and take care of the customers. There's so much access to capital and resources, everyone is jumping into new ventures.
``Business is good. You just have to proceed with caution, because it's a testing environment out there.''