NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Foster-West, a North Las Vegas compounder, has invested $200,000 in a second twin-screw extrusion line. The line added 500,000 pounds per year of capacity, giving FosterWest a total of 750,000 pounds. The plant opened two years ago and has four employees. The new line was added in December.
``We have a growing customer base on the West Coast and this location allows us to be closer to them,'' said President Larry Acquarulo. ``There's an economic advantage to being in Las Vegas. ''
FosterWest serves the medical and specialty electronic industries with thermoplastic elastomers, engineering resins, polyolefins, vinyls and blends.
FosterWest's parent is Foster Corp. of Dayville, Conn.
Nippon Pigment USA expands facilities
SHELBYVILLE, IND. - Nippon Pig-ment USA Inc., a compounder, has added two extrusion lines at its Shelbyville plant over the last year and has expanded and replaced equipment at its La Porte, Texas, plant. The total investment is around $5 million.
The 120,000-square-foot Shel-byville plant added one line last year and the second will begin production July 1. The plant then will have seven lines. About 25 employees have been added to the staff of 80.
``Our plant was designed to accommodate the two lines, but we added them as the customers demanded the capacity,'' said sales director Glenn Rasberry.
At the La Porte plant, Nippon added 22,000 square feet in warehouse space during the first quarter this year to give the plant 118,000 square feet. The company also replaced equipment on its 11 lines on a one-for-one basis to increase capacity. Nippon has 100 employees there.
Tokyo-based Nippon Pigment Ltd., the parent company, has 19 plants worldwide.
Diversified invests in Los Angeles plant
ST. LOUIS - Diversified Com-pounders, a subsidiary of Dennis Chemical Co. in St. Louis, is investing $1.5 million in an expansion at its Los Angeles plant.
``This expansion was not plan-ned. It's just necessary because in the last three years our urethane business has taken off,'' said operations Vice President Yousof Nathie.
Diversified Compounders is a custom formulator and compounder. The 3,300-square-foot addition for office space will be complete in September, giving the facility 60,000 square feet.
The firm employs 22 and will add about 10 more.WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASS., - En-gineered Polymers Industries is investing $500,000 to add its fourth production line.
``As a result of continued growth in business, we need the line to handle additional customer needs,'' plant manager Paul Dikan said. ``This will also help us expand into reinforced filling applications.''
About six employees will be added to the staff of 50 at the West Springfield plant.
Engineered Polymers, a division of Osterman & Co., serves the injection molding industry for business machines, power tools and yard products.
Multibase purchases two used extruders
COPLEY, OHIO - Multibase Inc., a custom compounder of engineered thermoplastics purchased two fully automated, used twin-screw extruders, investing about $1.5 million.
One of the 3-year-old extruders will be added to the existing nine lines in Copley by Oct. 1. The other will come on line in the first quarter of 1997. Both will be installed in Multibase's 160,000-square-foot facility.
``We've had an increase in demand for the automotive industry and new projects,'' said President Andre Fritz.
Multibase has capacity of 120 million pounds per year and specializes in air bag covers and sound-deadening applications for the auto industry.
The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Multibase SA of St. Laurent du Pont, France.
Polyvel combines plants, adds line
HAMMONTON, N.J. - Polyvel Inc., a custom compounder, consolidated two plants in Hammonton into one earlier this year and added another production line.
The firm purchased a warehouse and extensively modified it into a 47,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. The several-million-dollar investment nearly doubled the company's factory size. Officials would not give exact money figures.
``Our main plant was 13,000 square feet and the other one was 12,000 square feet,'' marketing Vice President Eric Albee said.
Polyvel has an off-site warehouse and plans to add 60,000 square feet within the next two years. That space will be used for warehousing, so the manufacturing area can be expanded.
Polyvel has added two employees to its staff of 20, and Albee said more will be hired as the company continues to expand.
``We've been expanding over the last 14 years, since we started. This is one more step, isolating down to one building,'' Albee added. ``Our expansion was also facilitated by the cancellation of one of our competitors' product lines and we picked up their customers.''
Polyvel also added a full line of blowing and foaming agents to its production. It is the company's fourth line, and will support the technical service the firm does for one of the largest blowing companies in the country.
Polyvel serves the film industry and home fragrance market. The company exports a great deal of its products, but manufactures all its material in the United States.
Spunfab Ltd., a maker of polymer adhesive netting, is investing $1.1 million to add 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space at its Akron, Ohio, headquarters and plant. The firm will add a line and 30 million yards of capacity, but declined to disclose current capacity. The company makes nonwoven thermoplastic adhesives for automotive, office furniture and luggage products. Spunfab employs 40 and had 1995 sales of $4 million.
colorants, inks and adhesives maker Liochem Inc. is adding lines to its recently expanded site in Conyers, Ga. The company invested $2 million in a 40,000-square-foot addition for warehouse space in December. Liochem now has 100,000 square feet in Conyers, and is adding lines. Company officials would not reveal the number of lines or employees the firm has. Liochem is the only U.S. subsidiary of Toyko-based Toyo Inc.