Extrusion Dies Industries LLC has promoted several managers and is expanding beyond its core business of flat extrusion dies into reworking blown film dies and making die heads for extrusion blow molding.
Last December, EDI, of Chippewa Falls, bought a company in the same city, Quality Machine. In that deal, EDI also bought Quality Machine's 19,600-square-foot building, which now houses the EDI technology center. The deal also included Quality Machine's business reworking blown film dies.
In addition, EDI has expanded its offering in slot die coating. EDI traditionally has offered adjustable-lip dies. Last year, EDI bought Liberty Coating Equipment, a specialist in fixed-lip dies for slot die coating.
Slot dies are used to apply fluids such as polymers, adhesives and inks to continuous-web substrates.
EDI is promoting the Liberty fixed-lip dies for slot die work doing patch-coating intermittently applying coating materials to a continuous web or onto separate sheets or panels. Patch-coating examples include nicotine patches, solar cells, flat-panel displays and lithium-ion batteries.
As EDI moves into more types of process technologies, the company has hired industry veteran Gary Oliver as vice president of technology. He will direct EDI's research and development.
Oliver spend 18 years with EDI's flat-die competitor, Cloeren Inc. EDI said his last position at Cloeren was senior corporate scientist.
EDI also is expanding internationally. Last year, the company established EDI Precision Dies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., a Chinese subsidiary to do rework, and provide technical support and spare parts.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle presented an Export Achievement Award to EDI, citing the company's 2007 export sales of $18.7 million.
EDI also has developed feedblocks for microlayer films, with dozens of layers.
Five years ago, a management-led team bought EDI from U.S. Bank of Minneapolis. EDI has announced the following personnel moves:
* Timothy Callahan, who has served as president and chief executive officer, becomes chairman and CEO. He is responsible for strategic growth initiatives.
* John Ulcej was promoted to EDI president, from his former post of executive vice president of engineering and technology. Ulcej also assumes the position of vice chairman in charge of technology.
* Christopher Curtin, formerly executive vice president of sales and marketing, becomes vice president in charge of developing strategic market and commercial opportunities.
* Dennis Paradise is now vice president of sales and marketing. He had been North American sales manager.
* Sam Iuliano was promoted from product manager to technology manager.
* Ronald Kuhnen remains chief financial officer, while also assuming the position of vice chairman.
* Scott Smith has been promoted to global aftermarket manager, in charge of rework and spare part sales worldwide.
* Greg Raleigh was promoted to operations manager, responsible for manufacturing activities in Chippewa Falls.