Synair Corp. has purchased the equipment from the former Dow Chemical Co. Trymer plant in Columbus, Ohio, for an undisclosed price. The Dow equipment has been moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where 85 percent of the machinery will be installed at Synair's two facilities there, totaling about 80,000 square feet. The rest will be placed in an undisclosed plant in the eastern United States, said Jeffrey Gomberg, president and chief executive officer. Because of ongoing negotiations, he declined to reveal the site of the new plant.
Dow used the equipment, which Gomberg said is ``worth well over $1 million,'' to make Trymer polyisocyanurate foam and rigid polyurethane systems. It will serve a number of applications for Synair, including the production of two-component urethane elastomers, specialty prepolymers and pilot development, he said.
The new equipment, which includes tanks and blending vessels, will increase raw material and finished goods storage capacity 11/2 times and boost the firm's PU production capability 70-75 percent, he said.
Gomberg would not say how many employees Synair will add because of the purchase. The firm and its Compounding Ingredients Ltd. unit of Preston, England, employ more than 100.
Synair, known for its TyrFil tire-flatproofing product, is emphasizing other offerings, such as rigid and flexible elastomer systems, urethane prepolymers, heat-cured casting resins and in-mold release agents.
Annual sales average more than $25 million.
Meanwhile, Synair rival Arnco lost an appeal to overturn a federal court ruling that Synair did not infringe on an Arnco patent.