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U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert Tours PTi and Views Eco-Efficient Sheet Manufacturing System

by Lukasz Jagiello
Thu, Sep 6th 2012 02:00 pm
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AURORA, Ill., September 6, 2012 - Processing Technologies International LLC (PTi), a leading global manufacturer of high-performance sheet extrusion machinery, showed off its highly energy-efficient plastics processing technology during an Aug. 28 visit with U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13). During the 90-min. visit at PTi headquarters, Rep. Biggert viewed PTi's "dryerless" High-Vacuum Twin-Screw Extruder (HVTSE) system and met with several company leaders and employees to discuss economic issues that impact the manufacturing and sustainable technology industry.

 "Manufacturing leaders like PTi drive prosperity here at home and can help lead our economy into a recovery, but Congress can and must do more to help create an environment in which American manufacturers can thrive," said Biggert, a seven-term legislator and a member of the House's education and the workforce committee. "At PTi, we had a very productive and insightful discussion about how the federal government can remove burdensome regulations, simplify the tax code, and promote fair trade policies that will result in manufacturing jobs in our community and across the nation." 

PTi's eco-efficient production line eliminates drying and crystallization, resulting in energy savings of up to 35%. The company is committed to sustainable technology and sees strong demand for its energy-efficient machinery throughout the world. PTi has a strategic business alliance with Luigi Bandera S.p.A. to market the processing system in North America.

"We're happy that Congresswoman Biggert could visit our facility and meet with our employees," said Dana Hanson, PTi president. "It was a great opportunity for us to show her the exciting developments at PTi and the leading-edge technology we've created for the plastics industry and discuss with her the challenges we face as an international supplier."

PTi's dryer-less system is game-changing technology and the company has made a major commitment through a $3 million expansion at its headquarters. "The green economy is an important part of the plastics industry and PTi is a shining example of how machinery suppliers are changing the playing field, offering unique technologies in response to new sustainability demands," said Dennis Paradise, PTi's senior vp. of sales and marketing.

"I'm focused on reaching across the aisle to ensure that America's manufacturing workforce remains the best in the world and to ensure that innovative, sustainable technologies like those developed at PTi continue to flourish," said Biggert. "One important step in protecting economic growth in the manufacturing industry is putting the brakes on looming tax hikes that are scheduled to take place in January and would severely drain the resources of two-thirds of manufacturers that file taxes at the individual rate."

"As an employer of skilled workers and a manufacturer of high-tech plastic sheet extrusion machinery, PTi plays a critical economic role in Aurora and the state of Illinois," said William Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. "I am pleased that SPI was able to arrange Rep. Biggert's tour of the PTi facility. Plant tours are an excellent way for lawmakers to see innovative technology and understand first-hand how current public policy issues impact business." 

About Processing Technologies International LLC (PTi)

Processing Technologies International LLC, based in Aurora, Ill., is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance sheet extrusion machinery, serving more than 22countries. Established in 1988, PTi produces and services single-screw extrusion equipment for many end-use markets including packaging, construction, automotive, lawn and garden, office products, signage and displays, and appliances. PTi's extrusion systems are engineered to exacting standards and offer an exceptional range of design features which result in superior equipment performance. More information is available by calling (630) 585-5800 or visit www.ptiextruders.com.