Fence, deck and railing maker Composatron Composite Technology plans to open a new, 100,000-square-foot extrusion plant this month near its Toronto headquarters.
Drex Knox, Composatron's vice president of business development, said the plant will quadruple the company's compounding capacity. Knox was interviewed during the Fencetech trade show, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Orlando.
Composatron will use the new plant to extrude its Premier-brand wood-plastic composite deck and fence board. The company is using foaming technology in its new composite fence boards, which keeps the boards light, a trait often appreciated by fence installation firms. Composatron is also a licensee of Madison, Wis.-based Strandex Corp. Strandex technology cross-links PE with the wood fiber, Knox said.
The company will continue to manufacture its PVC-based composite railing at its older Toronto facility, along with its Navy Board product, a gigantic coextruded profile used in heavy-duty applications. Thus far, Navy Board has been used to construct a pedestrian bridge in a Montana national park, and will soon be used in a marina application in Maryland, Knox said.
Fenchtech was sponsored by the Glen Ellyn, Ill.-based American Fence Association.