Intek Plastics intends to maintain a leadership position in its core fenestration business. At the same time, it’s on a mission to leverage its expertise in materials know-how, engineering, technology and customer collaboration to become a force in other profile extrusion markets as well. Diversification is a key component to growth at Intek Plastics. Pictured in the profile processor’s Hastings, Minn., plant are (from left): Rick Zeien, director of operations; Jill Hesselroth, CEO; and Paul Pederson, v.p. of sales and marketing. Intek runs more than 30 extrusion lines at plants in Minnesota and New Jersey producing profiles for fenestration, lighting, POP, power, and other markets. Intek Plastics’ roots are in fenestration,  but lighting is one of its successful diversification markets. Shown here is a coextruded lens for LEDs. Intek extrudes hydroponic growing trays for the agriculture market, another growing business segment. If you’re in the profile extrusion business and focus on the window and door market, you are pretty much riding the ebbs and flows of the construction industry. That wasn’t an enviable position to be in during the economic crisis of 2008-2009, when the ...