Finger Lakes Extrusion Corp. is moving 40 miles from its leased site in Union Springs, N.Y., to a 58,000-square-foot facility in Hopewell it is refurbishing.
The company expects the new space to be ready by the end of the year.
“We found a nice building that was vacant and one that would allow for some expansion,” said William Scott, owner and president, in a telephone interview.
He said the company has outgrown the 45,000-square-foot Union Springs facility and has been looking for a new location.
Refurbishing is much less expensive than putting up a new building, he added.
Scott said the Hopewell site is just outside Canandaigua, N.Y., is nearer the main highway and sits on 101/2 acres. It is also a shorter drive for about half of the 20 employees, including the owner.
The Hopewell site is being gutted, and will be fitted with new electrical lines, new lighting, fresh paint and carpeting.
The company also is purchasing three extruders from American Kuhn Inc. for the new facility, he said. Those additions will give the company a total of eight extruders.
Scott said two of the new machines will be 11/4-inch-diameter extruders, while the third is a 11/2-inch line. They will be used together to create tri-layer tubing, which he noted is an industry trend.
Finger Lakes makes plastic tubing mostly for the automotive, pharmaceutical and dairy industries under the Flextubing brand name. A diverse clientele, according to Scott, has enabled it to average about $5 million in sales per year. He expects to surpass that figure next year.
The company was founded in 1998 when Scott and Kingsley Beck purchased the Nalgene Tubing Products business from Nalge Nunc International.