Ferro Corp. will expand its Liquid Coatings and Dispersions and Plastic Colorants divisions at two New Jersey facilities during the second quarter of this year. ``Through local plant expansion, our division can serve the needs of the regional small-order market, which demands quick response in both color matching and delivery lead times,'' Jon Stage, general manager of the Plastic Colorants Division based in Stryker, Ohio, said in a news release.
The Edison and South Plainfield, N.J., plants will expand to take on a new operation in a new market. The company de-clined to reveal its investment in the expansion.
The Edison plant, which was acquired in 1992, makes colorants and is ISO 9002-certified.
``Our [Edison] facility will gradually take on production of the liquid color and silicone, polyester and epoxy paste dispersions now manufactured at the South Plainfield plant,'' said Hugh Gainey, general manager of the Liquid Coatings and Dispersions Division in Plymouth, Ind.
The South Plainfield plant expansion is in preparation for production of solid color concentrates, which should happen by August. The plant currently produces liquid color concentrates.
Cleveland-based Ferro has operations in 21 countries and reported sales of $1.32 billion in 1995.