Toll compounder Ametek Westchester Plastics has installed two new lines and made improvements to other equipment at its 250,000-square-foot plant in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
AWP recently added a 92-millimeter Coperion ZSK megacompounder and extrusion system for commercial work and a 40-millimeter Century Extrusion line and extrusion system for development projects, officials said in a Jan. 24 news release.
The firm also upgraded and lengthened a Coperion line in Wapakoneta, and rebuilt and upgraded a Farrel continuous mixer there. AWP plans to do similar upgrading and lengthening work on another Coperion line at the plant later this year.
The expansion now gives AWP a total of eight production lines — five twin-screw lines and three FCMs — at the plant, national sales manager Glenn Rasberry said by phone Jan. 27. The new equipment replaced several single-screw lines at the site, he added.
The plant's annual production capacity now stands at about 125 million pounds. The site compounds most commodity and engineering resins, with the exception of PVC.
The expansion may create new jobs if the overall economy improves, Rasberry said, but for now, it will allow AWP to maintain its 100-employee workforce there.
Rasberry declined to provide sales data for AWP. He did, however, confirm that its sales grew 10-15 percent last year.
AWP also operates a compounding plant in Nesquehoning, Pa. The business is a unit of industrial conglomerate Ametek Inc. of Paoli, Pa.
Rasberry added that AWP plans to do less-intensive upgrading and debottlenecking work this year in Nesquehoning, where it operates 11 production lines.