Axion International Holdings Inc. will be able to source twice as much in structural composite products from its manufacturer when that firm completes an expansion at its Portland, Pa., plant.
Ultra-Poly Corp. of Portland is adding more molds and equipment for recycling the plastics it uses in manufacturing products for Axion of New Providence, N.J.
Ultra-Poly's project is to add bale breakers and grinders to process raw recycled material more efficiently at its Portland plant. The company also will add production shifts to boost output once the expansion is complete in early May. In the next phase, it will install more machinery to meet rising demand for Axion's composite railway ties and other structural components.
Ultra-Poly recycles post-consumer and post-industrial plastic for a range of customers. Part of its recycled high density polyethylene stream is dedicated to the production it does for Axion.
Expanding our manufacturing capabilities has been a major focus for Axion over the past several months, Axion President and CEO Steve Silverman said in a news release.
Demand for Axion's structural products exceeds supply, he said by telephone. The firm has experienced a hike in new domestic and international orders, including from Canada, Morocco and Australia. New orders have come in for railway ties and other structural components, he said.
Silverman did not disclose the expansion's cost, but noted that Axion and Ultra-Poly each will pay for portions of the program.
Ultra-Poly co-owner Alan LaFiura said his firm can recycle more than 130 million pounds per year of polyethylene and polypropylene. The expansion will add another 25 million pounds per year of recycling capacity. Axion is a major customer but not Ultra-Poly's biggest, LaFiura said.