Boltaron Performance Products LLC will start up a new high-capacity extrusion line making PVC and PVC/acrylic alloy sheet July 1 at its headquarters plant in Newcomerstown, Ohio.
The line will consist of a Milacron twin-screw extruder and a K-Tron feed system, with a roll stand and downstream equipment engineered by Boltaron.
Sheet produced on the line will have gauges ranging from 0.028 to 0.312 inches, widths of up to 60 inches and “unlimited colors and patterns,” company officials said in a recent news release.
“In addition to high-performance sheet products, formers and fabricators need short lead times to meet their commitments while keeping just-in-time inventories low,” President Dean Li said in the release.
The new line is allowing Boltaron to add eight jobs — six in production and two in engineering. The new jobs will push Boltaron's total head count to almost 95.
When the line starts operating, it will be Boltaron's third sheet extrusion line. The firm also operates three press lamination lines and one calendaring line at its 200,000-square-foot plant. The new line represents Boltaron's first expansion since it spent $3 million to retrofit a calendaring line in 2007.
Boltaron makes PVC-related sheet for many markets including aircraft interiors, mass-transit vehicles and commercial/industrial applications. The firm reported annual sales of $45 million in Plastics News' most recent ranking of North American film and sheet makers but officials said that number included a film unit that was sold last year. Officials declined to provide a new sales number for the firm.