Extreme Industrial Knife Inc. has nearly tripled its space by expanding into a new factory.
The company makes and sharpens knives and manufactures pulverizer cutting disks, pelletizer rotors and die faces for underwater pelletizers. Extreme Knife moved in April from a 5,000-square-foot building in Salem, Ohio, to a 14,000-square-foot factory in Youngstown, Ohio. Greg Shook, vice president of sales, said the company bought the building and 2 acres of land close to a freeway in Youngstown.
Officials invested more than $1 million for the building and four new pieces of computer numerically controlled metalworking equipment - six-axis mills and grinders - for making pelletizer disks and pulverizer rotors.
Shook said Extreme Knife has developed new knife sharpening techniques to extend the lives of the knives and boost throughput. In pulverizer rotors, the company uses a proprietary technology to cut tooth angles and configurations, for customized applications, he said in an interview May 9 in Extreme Knife's booth at Plastics Encounter and Antec 2007.
``Our goal is to build a long-term relationship with our customers,'' Shook said. The company supplies industrial knives to the plastics, paper, steel and wood industries, but plastic is its biggest market, he said.
Extreme Knife employs 15. ``We'll do over $3 million this year in sales,'' Shook said.