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Wenger and Extru-Tech, Inc. Jointly Announce Plans for Facility Expansion and Technology Enhancements

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wenger Manufacturing and Extru-Tech, Inc. (both of Sabetha, Kansas, US) have unveiled plans that include facility expansions for 2006 as well as enhancements and additions to their Extrusion Product Lines to address specific market needs and trends.  


“As both businesses have grown, we remain steadfast in our efforts to upgrade each manufacturing infrastructure,” said LaVon Wenger, President/CEO of Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. and Extru-Tech, Inc.  “In addition to facility expansions, we continually upgrade our manufacturing capabilities which enable us to provide customized extrusion solutions while maintaining manufacturing throughput and stringent quality control.”  In addition to the primary manufacturing center at headquarters, Wenger is leveraging strategic supply initiatives by adding licensed manufacturing facilities in South America and Asia. 


It was also announced that Extru-Tech, Inc. will expand their Sabetha, KS manufacturing facility with a planned 9,000 square foot addition. The company expects to complete construction of the building in middle to late 2006.  “We continue to experience consistent growth in the sales of the complete line of Extru-Tech, Inc. Extrusion Processing Systems,” said Scott Krebs, Extru-Tech, Inc. Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer.  “The plant expansion allows streamlining all aspects of our manufacturing while providing space for higher volumes of equipment fabrication.”


Consistent with a long track record of extrusion innovations, Wenger Manufacturing is introducing the MAGNUM ST Twin Screw Line.  The MAGNUM ST Line includes enhancements to the feature rich Wenger MAGNUM Twin Screw Extruder Line.  LaVon Wenger said, “This new series of twin screw extruders has been designed for unique processes that require extreme operating parameters. Production capacities are 50% higher and we’ve doubled the available power for a given screw diameter.”


A newly released enhancement to the Extru-Tech, Inc. Extrusion Line is the E800 Cooking Extrusion System.  This is an inline system including a Bin/Feeder combination and newly engineered Conditioning Cylinder specifically designed for Aquatic Feed production. The E800 is designed for expansion to accommodate higher capacity production rates in the future without loss of the original investment.


 “Major influences in aquaculture development have seen the industry evolve from a traditional practice to a science based activity and grow into a significant food production sector,” said LaVon Wenger. “To meet the demands of that evolution, the Extru-Tech, Inc. E800 Extrusion Cooking System has been designed as an economical means to meet the manufacturing capacity requirements for production of safe, high quality Aquaculture Feeds for a broad range of species.”


Through a full compliment of engineering and manufacturing operations, coupled with extensive research and development, both Wenger and Extru-Tech have created a successful formula for efficiently supplying targeted solutions to our industry.  “In an era when most seek to diversify to minimize risk, Wenger and Extru-Tech remain focused on the needs " and developing potentials " of cereal grain extrusion processing”.


Wenger Manufacturing is the world’s leading supplier for extrusion processing solutions for the feed and food processing industries. “We continue to shape extrusion with a world of new ideas”.


Extru-Tech, Inc. currently produces and markets one of the feed and food processing industry’s most complete lines of superior extrusion processing systems.


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