After 44 years of manufacturing at one site, Oakmont, Pa.-based Chelsea Building Products Inc. has opened its second production facility in a renovated 126,000-square-foot plant in Greenville, Texas.
Officials of the engineered profile extruder say they expanded beyond their headquarters to meet current and future demand in the south and west for vinyl and PVC composite window and door systems.
"This is historic for Chelsea Building Products considering we have operated out of the Pittsburgh area since 1975," Gary Hartman, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, said in a phone interview.
Founded as Poly-Tex Co., Chelsea sells profiles to leading fabricators and window manufacturers. The company saw sales of $80 million in the most recent year, making it the 49th largest pipe, profile and tubing extruder in North America, according to Plastics News' latest ranking.
Chelsea also manufactures composite siding, composite cellular foam moulding, railing and shutters. The Texas plant could eventually take on those products, too. However, for now, Chelsea is operating four of 15 potential extrusion lines at the facility with a focus on windows and doors.
"Chelsea has a large customer base in what we call the central south — the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana markets — so this made a lot of sense from both a location and product standpoint," Hartman said. "It doesn't hurt to cut down the number of miles you put on product. It will be more cost efficient to ship product to Texas from Texas than Pennsylvania."