Entek Extruders (Lebanon, OR) has boosted its headcount by 40% since March 2010 as sales in all its businesses, including twin-screw extruders and replacement wear parts, were "dramatically" higher than in 2009. John Effmann, director of sales and marketing, told PlasticsToday that Entek's staffing levels now exceed pre-recession levels, and the momentum that started in last year has carried into 2011 as well.
Effmann said the supplier of turnkey production systems, twin-screw extruders, and components has seen the bulk of its business coming from machine and systems sales, but wear parts growth has been equally strong in terms of comparative numbers. Effmann also noted that Entek has been further buoyed by the launch of its plant services segment.
ENTEK has hired across all facets of its business, including engineers, machinists, assemblers, and purchasing agents. Those new employees have signed on at a company that was named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon" by Oregon Business magazine for the second year in a row. This annual list recognizes large, medium, and small companies for excellence in retention and rewards; work environment; decision-making and trust; performance management; career development; and learning. Entek was honored from the medium-sized companies category, which recognized businesses with 35-99 employees.
The company reported record growth numbers in 2010, rebounding strongly from the economy-wide malaise endured the year prior. "We all know that 2009 was a difficult year, and we certainly never want to go through that again as a company," Effmann said. "But we experienced a tremendous bounce-back in sales in 2010, and so far it is continuing strong in 2011 as well."
Over the course of the year, Entek reported that 40% of its orders were from new customers, with the company selling six times more twin-screw extruders in 2010 than in 2009. The sales were international in part, with increased business in the U.K., Ireland, and the ASEAN countries.
Effmann told PlasticsToday that apart from building products, which remains slow, the company saw good demand in compounding, sheet extrusion, and bio polymers.