COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 20, 12:45 p.m. ET) — Custom extruder Crane Plastics is converting three of its extrusion lines to complete regrind consumption. The process will be complete by the end of March.
Columbus, Ohio-based Engineered Profiles dba Crane Plastics set up a cell in its Columbus plant for producing the 100 percent recycled material extrusions in response to customer demand. The conversion will also aid in lowering costs for customers and minimizing the amount of material sent to landfills.
Matt Fenneman, vice president of sales and marketing for Crane, said the applications include “a mixture of exterior building products covered with durable exterior grade virgin vinyl and sub-assembly components used in transportation and agricultural applications.”
Regrind material comes from post-consumer and post-industrial resources and is made into Crane's customer products via foaming and capping technology. The company has also partnered with outside scrap brokerage and processing companies.
In order to process the regrind, Crane acquired dedicated down line equipment as well as upgraded or rebuilt material handling and feeding equipment.
“The desire and need to process these materials has existed for a long time,” Fenneman said. “But until recently, the volume of the opportunities available to exploit them has been too low or too intermittent to facilitate larger investment in efficient sourcing and processing.”
Crane's proprietary products focus on gutter protection and decking, but the company has been looking to diversify. Just last month, Crane formed a subsidiary in Scotland to distribute innovative mud flaps.
In addition to the Columbus facility, Crane operates a plant in Jacksboro, Tenn.