Hy-Lite/U S Block Windows Moves Vinyl Extrusion Purchases and Acrylic Block Manufacturing Back to U.S.
- Sep 28, 2009
Contradicting the industry trend, Hy-Lite/U S Block Windows recently moved all their Hy-Lite vinyl extrusion purchases and acrylic block manufacturing out of China and back into the United States.
“When we acquired Hy-Lite earlier this year we learned much of the company’s acrylic block and vinyl extrusion manufacturing was being done in China,” says Roger Murphy, president of Hy-Lite/U S Block Windows. “We immediately set to work to bring those processes and jobs back to America.
“Now we are successfully purchasing all our vinyl extrusions from extruders in the U.S. and we are manufacturing the Hy-Lite acrylic blocks at our own company facility in Florida and at a contract molding company in Ohio. We have purchased additional injection moulding equipment and added nine employees to our Pensacola molding department to move this work in-house. We anticipate hiring more employees as the housing market recovers and demand for our products increase. When the product demand grows, it will mean more jobs for American workers rather than jobs being sent overseas.”
Murphy believes the move to having all vinyl extrusions and acrylic block manufactured in the United States will also positively impact production at the company’s outsourced domestic vinyl extruder and domestic block molder. “The trickle-down effect of this decision affects several companies in America and many people,” says Murphy. “Every job counts. We feel exceptionally good that we can say all our acrylic block and extrusions are now made in America.”
Hy-Lite/U S Block Windows offers acrylic block window options for all areas of the home in fixed picture, custom radius, casement and awning styles.