ABINGDON, VA.-Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Co. will install ``four or five'' pultrusion machines initially in its $5 million, 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Abingdon. Work began on the plant, the firm's third pultrusion facility, on Jan. 19. It will be located in an industrial park about 25 miles from its Bristol, Va., headquarters.
Glenn Barefoot, the firm's marketing manager, said the company purchased 37 acres in the industrial park, and will use a small part of it for the immediate building expansion.
Within a year of the plant's scheduled opening in the latter part of 1996, nine or 10 pultrusion machines will be operating in the facility, he said.
According to Barefoot, long-term plans involve using the entire 37 acres for plastics processing.
Site preparation for the new plant is aided by a $250,000 Virginia Department of Economic Development grant.
Morrison Molded expanded to Abingdon because its Bristol plant is blocked from expansion by surrounding railroad lines and highways, Barefoot said.
The new plant will first make ladder rails, then fiberglass tool handles, Barefoot said.
Besides the Bristol plant, Morrison Molded has existing pultrusion facilities in Chatfield, Minn.