Gemini Plastics: New “No Tools” Fencing for Lawn and Garden Market

A unique fencing system developed by Gemini Plastics, Inc., a division of The Gemini Group of Ubly, Michigan, makes fence building a snap, literally. Sold under the Regency Decorative Products and Landmark Fence trade names, Gemini’s system consists of coextruded fence rails and posts that connect to blow molded pickets with built-in fasteners. This proprietary fastening system interlocks with pre-routed slots in the rails to create a simple, no tools assembly. Due to a positive customer response, Gemini recently installed a customized Davis-Standard profile system to manufacture the fence rails and posts. Plans are currently underway to expand the product line to include a broad range of styles, colors and profiles.
“This product is an exciting development for us and our technology is truly unique when compared to many look-alike systems in the fencing market,” said Ben Maurer, plant manager at Gemini Plastics. “In addition to an easy assembly for quick installation, our pickets are molded with fasteners and caps for durability to stay intact. Our fastening method also adapts to uneven landscapes by allowing the pickets to remain vertical when the rails are on an angle.”
Gemini’s Davis-Standard system includes a GP-114 twin screw extruder with a GC-61 twin screw coextruder, a powder material loading system, profile tooling, vacuum sizing tank, secondary cooling tank, cleated haul-off, traveling cut-off saw and run-off tilt table. Davis-Standard also provided system start-up assistance and training at Gemini’s facility. The system is designed to produce rigid PVC fence profiles in excess of 1,100 pounds (550 kg) per hour. Currently the system is producing 4-by-4-inch and 5-by-5-inch posts and 1 1/2-by-3-inch and 2-by-6-inch rails.
“We’ve been a Davis-Standard customer since Gemini was founded over 27 years ago,” added Maurer. “We like working with Davis-Standard because they have high quality products and the service and support staff to back it up. All totaled, we have more than 30 Davis-Standard extruders ranging in size from
1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches (38mm to 90mm). We’ve also purchased custom designed feedscrews.”
In addition to the new fencing system, Gemini is a regional supplier of custom automotive profiles. These include wire harness retainers and seat retainers among others. Gemini also manufactures hamper post profiles for the consumer industry. For more information about Gemini’s fencing and automotive products, contact Ben Maurer at [email protected] For more information about Davis-Standard’s profile systems, contact Wendell Whipple at [email protected]

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