Extruders turn in an impressive year

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Jessica Jordan and Hollee Keller, Plastics News Online we have the full 204 firms with North American extrusion sales of $20.5 billion, up 8.9 percent over last year.

This week we published, in print, our ranking of the top 100 pipe, profile and tubing extruders. Online we have the full 204 firms with North American extrusion sales of $20.5 billion, up 8.9 percent over last year. The North American extrusion sales breakout was: 50 percent pipe, 44 percent profile and 6 percent tubing.

The biggest news was the combination of Ply Gem Industries Inc. and Atrium Windows & Doors, but that wasn't the only consolidation to hit the top 100. Sanderson Pipe Corp.'s now includes Vinylplex Inc.

In addition, Azek Co. LLC now includes Versatex Building Products LLC.

This year we tried something new with the chart itself, for additional information on some of the major players we color coded firms whose primary products are: windows & doors; plastic lumber; and medical tubing.

Overall sales results were impressive for fiscal year 2017. The average sales per firm is up 12 percent and for the firms that sent in surveys, only a small handful reported a decline in sales and this was a top year for the total number of responses.

Let's take a look at some industry numbers, which help explain why 93 percent of our ranked firms show sales increases:

• Pricing for the major resins was up, so pass through played a role in increased sales.

• The market for windows was up 5.6 percent, doors were up 6.1 percent.

• The demand for skylights up 3.6 percent.

• Housing starts were up 2.5 percent.

• The remodeling index up 6 percent.

• Vinyl siding sales up 7 percent.

Biggest movers

So who were the biggest movers?

Port Erie Plastics Inc. of Harborcreek, Pa., moved up 21 spaces to rank at No. 103.

PBS Plastics Inc. of Barrington, N.H., moved up 18 spaces to rank at No. 169.

Vip Rubber Co. Inc. of La Habra, Calif., moved up 18 spaces to rank at No. 103.

Toner Plastics Inc. of East Longmeadow, Mass., moved up 18 spaces to rank at No. 128.

P.H. Tech Inc. of Lévis, Quebec, moved up 18 spaces to rank at No. 61.

Welcome to the ranking

Busada Manufacturing Corp., a tubing extruder in Louisa, Va.

Profile Xtrusions LLC, a custom extruder in Neenah, Wis.

Happy anniversary

Automotive firm, Delfingen US Inc. is celebrating 20 years.

Contract extruder, Reiss Manufacturing Inc., is celebrating 122 years.

Need more information?

Want more information? Visit our ranking online at www.plasticsnews.com/rankings/pipe-profile-tubing.

Plastics lumber makers are also profile extruders, you can see a directory of those firms along with their product types at www.plasticsnews.com/rankings/plastic-lumber.

If you work for a company that is missing from the ranking, we would like to include you next time. Just send a note to Hollee Keller at hkeller@crain.com or mail your information to Plastics News, P.O. Box 790, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278.