Pexco LLC is opening what it calls the Extrusion Center of Excellence at its Morrisville, Pa., facility to provide engineering and design services for customers, particularly in industrial markets.
The center, which will open Oct. 7 to coincide with Manufacturing Day, is housed in a 65,000-square-foot plant that underwent a 20,000-square-foot expansion in 2015. The facility now has 12 extrusion lines with three devoted to product development for customers wanting to collaborate with Pexco engineers and production specialists.
“We find a lot of customers don't necessarily always understand what can and cannot be achieved through extrusion, especially when they're incorporating more complex, tighter tolerance requirements,” Matt Robida, Pexco vice president of business development, said in a telephone interview. “This launch is intended to foster a closer working relationship between Pexco and its customers and their engineers. That's really the driver.”
Based in Alpharetta, Ga., the private equity owned Pexco is primarily focused on custom industrial and medical products after selling its aerospace division for $496 million in May 2015.
“In the last 18 months, we've been redirecting the business in its wake and emphasizing our history and capabilities on the industrial extrusion side,” Robida said. “Part of the rationale in establishing a true center of excellence is to maintain and streamline tool and die development and engineering optimization for our customers, who increasingly, we find, are challenged by the parameters and capabilities of extruded plastics.”