Acquisitions not the only reason for extruders' growth

Extrusion falls into two different rankings for Plastics News. This week marks the first — for pipe, profile and tubing — while extruders within film and sheet will be featured in September.We rank 192 firms with $22.8 billion in combined North American extrusion sales. Pipe makers make up half of our Top 10 with building products and decking firms in the other half.That’s a good guide for the entire ranking, with pipe sales covering 50.4 percent and profile sales 44 percent. $11.5 billion and $10 billion respectively. Tubing comes in at 5.6 percent with $1.3 billion in related sales.The average sales per company is up 5.8 percent, which is great news for fiscal 2020. Pandemic shutdowns and restrictions meant that while the markets were up, the availability of the work force was down, leaving labor and supplies very much behind demand, struggling even still today.Were there gains beyond acquisitions? Yes, most material pricing was up however, but many firms increased well beyond that 5-7 percent pass through margin, into the double digit range. , a custom extruder in Middlesex, N.J. had the biggest gain, doubling its sales to $6 million. In fact, our total ranking shows a $4 billion increase over 5 years ago, that’s a 21 percent gain.of Bristol, Ind., moved up 33 spaces to rank at No. 131. of Merrick, N.Y., moved up 30 spaces to ranked at No. 81.of Nephi, Utah, moved up 24 spaces to the No. 55 spot. of Middlesex, N.J., moved up 22 spaces to No. 156. of Luxemburg, Wis., moved up 20 spaces to No. 96. of Santa Clarita, Calif., moved up 17 spaces to ranked at No. 116 of Hudson, Wis., moved up 13 spaces to No. 129. of Plainwell, Mich., moved up 12 spaces to rank at No. 39. of Imlay City, Mich., moved up 12 spaces to No. 61.of Childersburg, Ala., moved up 10 spaces to ranked at No. 162.of Modesto, Calif., moved up 10 spaces to rank at No. 78. Ohio tops the list of most facility locations with 42, followed closely by Texas with 40. Ontario comes in at No. 3.Sixteen percent of our ranked firms are publicly held, that’s 31 by the count.The total number of employees hit 25,475, but that’s out of 78 percent of the firms who responded.Nearly 3,000 extrusion lines were counted with 77 percent of the firms reporting.Twenty-six firms make Plastic lumber products.Want more information? Visit our ranking online at . Our list of lumber makers is also online. The data, ranking chart and this blog are available for purchase from our data store, visit .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 or mail your information to Plastics News, P.O. Box 790, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278.Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you’d like to share with our readers? Plastics News would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor at Staying current is easy with Plastics News delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge. Subscribe to Plastics News Plastics News covers the business of the global plastics industry. We report news, gather data and deliver timely information that provides our readers with a competitive advantage.Customer Service:

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