WESTMONT, ILL. — Chroma Corp., which has enjoyed surging annual growth in recent years, expects by the end of this year to settle on a site for a color concentrates and pre-colored materials facility and laboratory.
Thomas Cramer, director of sales and marketing, said the $1.5 million, 30,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Carolinas, Virginia or east Tennessee, and should be fully operational in 12-20 months.
``We've some clients in the Southeast who have offered us more business if we move into the area,'' Cramer said Oct. 6 at Rotoplas '97, the Association of Rotational Molders' international exhibition in Westmont, which ran concurrent with ARM's fall meeting in nearby Oak Brook, Ill.
The new facility will start with 15-20 workers, according to Cramer, who said the investment is part of Chroma's plan to provide greater technological support to the rotomolding industry. The private firm, with sales of $20 million to $30 million, is growing 20 percent annually, he said.
As part of that growth, it opened within the past month a new technical center at its McHenry, Ill., headquarters, about 45 miles north of Chicago. The 20,000-square-foot addition to Chroma's 80,000-square-foot facility there includes a new 41/2-inch Davis-Standard extruder for manufacturing pre-colored materials and micropellets expressly for rotational molders.
At Rotoplas '97, Chroma presented two new resin products for rotational molders.
Chroma-Spheres, a micropelletized product, has superior flow properties that make possible the production of intricate parts with a more uniform wall thickness, the company said.
Foama-Spheres, a foam compound developed by Houston-based Exxon Chemical Co., offer a process for incorporating a blowing agent in a single-charge foam product or multiple-charge foam layers.
It typically produces a closed-cell foam structure. The product is available in a range of foam densities.
Chroma was founded more than 30 years ago by its chairman, Robert Swain. The company operates more than 20 compounding lines in McHenry encompassing single-screw, twin-screw and continuous mixing technology. It employs 120.