Excel Plastics LLC, a manufacturer of custom point-of-purchase displays, is expanding both its Fergus Falls, Minn.-based manufacturing facility and Minneapolis-based offices.
Chief Financial Officer Craig Grover said more production space is needed at both sites because both the volume and scale of the company's projects have increased.
The Fergus Falls production facility is expanding from 40,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet, Grover said in an Aug. 5 telephone interview. Construction began in May, and is expected to be completed in August.
Excel does drape forming, vacuum forming, line bending, computer numerically controlled routing, packaging and prototyping at the Fergus Falls plant, which started up in 2001.
The Minneapolis office, which opened in 2005, houses its sales and design development team. Grover said customers are asking for more help on the design end of production and that Excel is getting more involved in the process.
We help bring the [customer's] concept to reality, he said.,
A result of this increased emphasis on design is a move from a 5,500-square-foot suite to a 20,000-square-foot suite in the same office building. The move will provide more production space, Grover said, and will include a staging area and warehouse.
Excel's Fergus Falls' facility employs 35, Grover said, including three poeple who were hired as a result of the expansion. Six full-time staffers are at the Minneapolis office, along with several temporary employees.
Excel customers include Best Buy, AT&T and Target. Grover added that much of the company's work comes from smaller customers, and that most jobs are either one-off projects or products made for the same customer multiple times over a specific period of time.
Excel serves only the U.S. market.
The company has no plans for further expansion at this particular time. Need will dictate, Grover noted.
In addition to point-of-purchase displays, Excel makes fixtures, signage, vehicle components and products in industrial safety and architecture.