VCF Films invests $2m in Michigan plant

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HOWELL, MICH. (Feb. 13, 4:45 p.m. ET) — Film and coatings maker VCF Films has installed a new production line in Howell that will allow the firm to work with more specialized resins and that will create several new jobs.

Howell-based VCF is spending more than $2 million on the new line, which will be the fourth large production line at the site, general manager Sabine Lucks said in a Feb. 13 phone interview. The new line will make thin films and coatings for applications in flexible electronics, medical, aerospace, solar energy and optical devices.

The new line will allow VCF to add as many as 20 jobs to its current work force of 20, Lucks said. In a news release, vice president of sales and marketing Ray Durling said VCF “is working with many customers at both the R&D and production stages to ensure their products meet the demands of the marketplace.”

VCF’s new product offerings include films made from polyetherimide and polyphenylsulfone resins for high-temperature applications. The 48-year-old firm also now is making flexible polyurethane and silicone films. VCF also can add specialty fillers in high percentages necessary for conductive films and similar uses.

The expansion is the first at the site since 2001.

“The investments we’re making in both personnel and equipment reflect our commitment to continuous improvement and keep us on the leading edge of thin film and coatings technology,” VCF president Reva Kamins said in the release.

VCF is owned by PMC Global Inc., a Sun Valley, Calif.-based conglomerate that also owns color and concentrates maker Plastics Color Corp. Inc. and other plastic-related businesses.