In moves to increase efficiency and promote growth, Thermofil Inc. of Brighton, Mich., will expand production while consolidating Technical Center operations at its headquarters. Thermofil, a compounder specializing in reinforced thermoplastics, is spending $3.5 million to increase production by 40 million pounds a year at its Brighton headquarters.
When the expansion is complete, Thermofil will have the capacity to produce more than 100 million pounds a year at Bright-on, said Michael Cain, manager of business development.
The expansion includes replacing older equipment, debottlenecking existing production lines and installing new lines, Cain said by telephone Sept. 5. He declined to provide specifics about the equipment Thermofil is installing.
This is the company's second expansion in two years, and the biggest launched at its headquarters since it moved into the building in the mid-1980s, Cain said.
He said the firm has a large enough building and silo capacity to house the expanded production lines, and expects the project to be done by the end of 1997.
Cain said the expansion is designed to give his firm greater flexibility in making compounds. Thermofil's primary products are glass-reinforced and mineral-fill-ed polypropylene compounds, but it also has a line of ceramic- and glass-reinforced nylon resins and a line of flame-retardant styrenic resins.
The expansion will provide new positions for employees affected by the Technical Centers' consolidation, Cain said.
Thermofil's Technical Center is located about four miles from its headquarters, and the consolidation is a move to eliminate duplicated activities and facilities, Cain said.