ALPHARETTA, Ga., (October 6, 2016) – Pexco LLC, a leading North American specialty plastics developer and manufacturer, today marked Manufacturing Day by opening the Extrusion and Engineering Center of Excellence (ECOE) at its Philadelphia-area facility. This center offers engineering consultation and design services for companies that require custom-extruded products or components. The center is focused on the industrial market, including the lighting, filtration, and traffic safety sectors, as well as customers in other fields that require specialized plastic extrusions or custom-engineered parts.
Pexco CEO Neil Shillingford noted the Extrusion and Engineering Center of Excellence makes a strong statement about manufacturing. “Too often it is said that ‘we don’t make things anymore’ or ‘manufacturing jobs have all gone overseas.’ That’s not true and the Extrusion Center of Excellence is proof. This center exists to support the dynamic industrial plastics market all across North America and American manufacturing in particular,” he said.
To demonstrate its commitment to skilled American manufacturing and its Philadelphia operation, Pexco announced a multi-year investment in the Bucks County Technical High School in Fairless Hills, Penn., in support of its Manufacturing Academy program. The school targets vocational education and career readiness for students and adults in manufacturing and other disciplines. The pairing between businesses and education not only facilitates community relations, but also benefits American manufacturing and the development of the next generation of skilled workers necessary to compete in the global economy.
Adds Shillingford, “We are more than happy to make this investment and sponsor skilled development of manufacturing talent that will benefit both our business and the local community.”
The Center of Excellence, located within an existing 65,000 square-foot facility in Morrisville, Penn., is home to many of Pexco’s 100 engineering and production specialists. The space also houses 12 extrusion lines, including three that are devoted to product development. In addition, there are collaboration areas and a gallery that displays Pexco’s extrusion capabilities. The ECOE investment follows the 2014 expansion of the Philadelphia operation, when Pexco added approximately 20,000 square feet of manufacturing and development engineering production space to the plant.
“With new assets and an expanded engineering team, the Extrusion Center of Excellence brings it all together in one place. In this space our customer and the Pexco team will align our minds and efforts around the customer’s particular engineering challenges and product needs,” said Shillingford.
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