BFGoodrich Co. is moving its large-parts reaction injection molding operation from Baton Rouge, La., to a facility it recently purchased in Elyria, Ohio. The firm, which expects the RIM operation to grow, plans to complete the relocation this month, according to Charlie Kutchin, manager of business development for its Telene Products Division.
Telene Products molds corrosion-resistant covers for chlorine production cells that are 9 feet in length and weigh 860 pounds.
Kutchin said in a telephone interview that Telene ``recently shot 1,200-pound covers for bromine cells'' for an undisclosed customer.
Telene Products uses a two-component RIM system based in dicyclopentadiene to make parts that Kutchin said are the largest in the world using closed-mold technology.
The 18,000-square-foot Elyria facility will house production lines for 10 mixing heads. Kutchin said Telene Products plans to add machinery as the business grows.
Kutchin would provide no details on the division's sales, or the cost of buying or refitting the Elyria plant, which is located on a 2-acre parcel of land.
Telene Products outgrew the Baton Rouge plant as it expanded in its key market of corrosion-resistant, large industrial parts, Kutchin said.
BFG leased the plant from its former owners and had no room to expand. BFG bought the dicyclopentadiene RIM business in late 1993 from PTI Encor as a way of expanding downstream in dicyclopentadiene molding systems.
Its Specialty Chemical division holds patents on dicyclopentadiene molding and supplies Telene Products dicyclopentadiene liquid molding systems to various processors.
Kutchin said the move also will put the Telene Products' business closer to the Specialty Chemical division in Brecksville, Ohio.