Startup extruder company has deep bench of extrusion expertise

Does the country need another maker of extrusion systems? Bill Kramer thinks so. The founder of American Kuhne and president of the company through 2015, Kramer has teamed up with Dan Schilke, its former managing director, to establish US Extruders Inc. (Westerly, RI). “We feel that with recent consolidations of existing brands there is a need for an independent extruder supplier who can provide personalized attention and intimate service,” Kramer told PlasticsToday.

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Bill Kramer (left) and Dan Schilke.

The employee-owned company has assembled a deep bench of extrusion professionals, all of whom are committed to the goal of developing a new generation of highly engineered, custom single-screw extrusion systems.

The names of the US Extruders staff will be familiar to many of you. They include screw designer and process engineer Kevin Slusarz; extrusion engineer Jeff Lawton; sales professional Doug Johnson; Mike Perri, purchasing and inventory specialist; and Eric Adair, communications professional.

“Our team realized that with our talent, building a new extrusion company was viable and would fill a demand in the marketplace,” said Kramer in a prepared statement. “We won’t just be selling machines—we’ll be making lasting relationships with our customers and solving their extrusion needs with integrity, quality [and] ’made-in-America’ machinery.”

Indeed, the name US Extruders reflects the company’s focus on the North American market and its commitment to using products made domestically, said Kramer. “We will use U.S. suppliers whenever possible," he told PlasticsToday, while acknowledging that some exceptions will have to be made. "Some components, for instance some of the electronics in a control system, have no U.S. made choices.”

US ExtruderThe company has crafted a “plain language guarantee” that, says Kramer, delivers to the customer a promise to “build the machine you want, on time, with the performance you expect and backed by our full support.” The US Extruder total guarantee includes a five-year warranty on the machine supported by comprehensive service, free startup and training, and life-time process support. Doing the right thing for customers, Kramer adds, is the path to success.

Extensive customer support, robust extruder repair and restoration services, and a highly capable manufacturing and laboratory facility are part of the US Extruders infrastructure. The laboratory will be equipped for screw design demonstrations and for running trials and complete extruder wet tests.

Ordering will be a no-nonsense, straightforward process, from the initial specifications/needs analysis meeting and design engineering and manufacturing to final on-time delivery and process support, said the company.

All screws are designed in house by Slusarz to work with specific machines and processes, which include blowmolding, blown and cast film, compounding, extrusion coating, fiber, medical extrusion, pipe and profile, reclaim, sheet, tubing and wire and cable. Extrusion barrels in diameters from 1 to 8 inches are available.

The company is looking forward to making new friends and meeting old ones at next year’s NPE in Orlando, FL. It will exhibit on the first floor of the south hall at booth S32133.

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