CRG Logics Inc., which supplies auxiliary equipment for extrusion, is building a 21,000-square-foot headquarters and factory this summer in Green Bay, Wis., as the company plans to do its own manufacturing.
President Carl Gillig said the company is investing a little less than $2 million for the building and equipment.
Gillig and Mike Rasner founded CRG Logics in Appleton, Wis., in 2000. In 2004, in a move to boost production capacity and cut lead times, CRG outsourced production to a machine fabricating company, Lindquist Machine Corp. in Green Bay, to produce its line of resin conveying systems, gravimetric blenders, feeders and controllers for extrusion.
CRG now shares space with Lindquist, but plans to move into its new facility Sept. 1, bringing manufacturing in-house again. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony April 11.
Gillig said CRG has enjoyed double-digit sales increases each year since its creation.
``We doubled in size in 2007,'' he said, although he declined to release sales numbers.
Much of the recent growth came through CRG's Smart Connection, a feeding and conveying system for multilayer cast and blown film lines. Smart Connection can handle large numbers of extruders.
The Smart Connect Stand sequences vacuum pumps and valves to feed the correct materials to that extruder for each recipe. The system also tracks material use and changes.
He said CRG plans to hire 14 employees this year, and add 40 more in 2009.
The headquarters facility will house machining and fabrication equipment, an engineering center, a staging area to check equipment, space for spare parts and a fully equipped laboratory for new product development.
The building also will house CRG's custom blending operation, a new service that provides pre-mixed materials to customers.
``The concept and preliminary facility design were created entirely in-house by CRG team members, which means it is a building designed and built specifically to our needs,'' said CRG General Manager Lee Anderson.