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Cyclonaire invests $2.1 million to expand facility

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Cyclonaire President Jerry Elfring (right), poses with Jeffrey Powell of Powell Equipment Sales Co.
Photo by RPN photo by Chris Sweeney Cyclonaire President Jerry Elfring (right), poses with Jeffrey Powell of Powell Equipment Sales Co. at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference in Akron.

AKRON—Cyclonaire Corp. has invested about $2.1 million to expand its only U.S. manufacturing facility by 23,000 square feet.

The expansion is focused solely on increasing its manufacturing capabilities and has thus far added 10 jobs, the firm said. Cyclonaire produces bulk material handling equipment with an emphasis on pneumatic conveying for a variety of industries, including rubber.

President Jerry Elfring said at the 2014 International Tire Exhibition & Conference that Cyclonaire projects to add five more jobs within the next year. The expansion brings the total size of its York, Neb., plant to 80,000 square feet.

“Fabrication was where the need was. We were just out of room,” Elfring said. “Our business has grown at 25 percent each year, and we've built for the future. We needed the additional room to meet our strategy deployment in the next five years.”

In addition to rubber, the firm services the building materials, chemicals, mining, minerals, plastics and food industries, he said. Cyclonaire's system works in both rail car and in plant applications.

“We can take it from the front of the plant into the back and load out,” Elfring said. “The rubber industry has been good for us because a lot of the material does move in bulk bags or rail or truck, and our system lends itself well for that.”