Industrial thermoformer and sheet extruder EXT Inc. has completed a yearlong move into a larger facility, installed new equipment and now is looking to add employees.
The move gives the firm a better production layout and room to grow, while remaining close enough to its original home to retain EXT employees.
We are excited to find a building close enough to keep our key personnel, with the size and layout that will allow us to grow, said founder Ed Mann.
EXT spent 35 years in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa, Kan., before buying a building northwest of Kansas City in Excelsior Springs, Mo. It took the company about a year to move offices and thermoforming and compounding equipment, but EXT is back under one roof now, Vice President Chris Mann said Feb. 11 by telephone.
The firm specializes in large industrial thermoforming, ranging from custom containers for brake assemblies to poker-chip washing systems used in Las Vegas.
At its new site, EXT added a new Brown Machine line and two computer numerically controlled machines for trimming. The company plans to add to its workforce of 42 people.
EXT also is boosting production of compounded sheet, as 90 percent of the sheet it uses is made in-house. It created a proprietary painted and impact-resistant blend when larger firms stopped production of similar lines, and it now sells the sheet to other thermoformers, Mann said.
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