Flat die maker Extrusion Dies Industries LLC is converting a 19,600-square-foot industrial building it purchased a half-mile from its headquarters in Chippewa Falls into a technology center.
The company bought the building from Quality Machine of Chippewa Falls Inc. The company will add laboratories to create die innovations and characterize flow and other properties of resins. EDI will rent the labs to processors and converters for use in product trials and process testing.
EDI said the labs should be fully operational within three months. They will include a facility for cast film extrusion, a converting line for extrusion coating and lamination, and a lab for slot die coating.
``We already have plans for new extrusion and converting systems to be developed through use of this facility,'' said John Ulcej, executive vice president of engineering and technology.
Ronald Kuhnen, chief financial officer, said EDI's subsidiaries in Germany and China also will use resources at the technology center. The new facility will allow EDI to expand its capacity for reworking dies, he said.