LEOMINSTER, MASS. - Custom PVC compound and alloy maker AlphaGary Corp. of Leominster began construction Feb. 8 of a $5.8 million expansion that will double the capacity of its custom compounding plant in Pine-ville, N.C. AlphaGary is building a 60,000-square-foot addition that will house two new compounding lines, including one in a segregated area of the plant under clean-room-type conditions.
The segregated line will make compounds for medical and other markets that require resins free from contaminants, with a high level of consistency between lots and effective lot traceability, according to Charles Glew, vice president for sales and marketing.
Glew said the making of contaminant-free compounds is a new business for the Pineville facility, although the company has a dedicated plant in Newark, N.J., that makes similar products for the medical industry. The expansion also will allow increased production of compounds for wire and cable markets.
AlphaGary now has four compounding lines in a 70,000-square-foot building at Pineville, Glew said. The plant now produces about 30 million pounds of compounds annually. By the third quarter of this year, when the expansion is completed, the plant will produce about 60 million pounds.
AlphaGary develops and produces PVC compounds and PVC alloy compounds for packaging, wire, cable and medical, at its Leominster, Newark and Pine-ville plants.