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EASTON, PA. — MCS Industries Inc. plans to expand its plastic picture frame operation when it consolidates in a 186,000-square-foot facility in Easton.

The company will add optical-quality polystyrene sheet extrusion capacity and boost injection molding capacity in the recently acquired plant, according to Richard Master, MCS founder and president. The firm now does PS sheet and profile extrusion and picture frame injection molding at West Easton, Pa.

The company also will move its aluminum picture frame extrusion operation from Dover, N.J., to the new facility. Master said he hopes to complete the consolidation by the end of summer.

Northampton County's Industrial Development Authority will assist the expansion and relocation with a $7 million economic development loan. MCS said it also needs more space to add new technology. Master did not disclose more details of the expansion, but he said his firm eventually plans to enter plastic foam extrusion in the new facility.

The Easton firm operates a wood frame and assembly plant in Mexico. It also publishes pictures and posters and sells framed art.

MCS, a privately held company, has about 650 employees and occupies a total of 500,000 square feet of space, including a distribution center located in El Paso, Texas.