PARKERSBURG, W.VA. — Lured by a major contract, Concepts West Corp. is spending $1.4 million to expand a West Virginia building that is likely to become its headquarters.
Concepts' main business is cleaning contaminated virgin resin, for firms such as Amoco Corp. and DuPont Co., said owner Joe Martin.
The firm will move some equipment from its existing 12,000-square-foot facility in Marietta, Ohio, to the much-larger plant in Wood County, W.Va., near Parkersburg. It plans to spend another $500,000 on equipment this year, Martin said.
The new 76,000-square-foot site will give Concepts room to warehouse neat resin for resin suppliers and compounders, and deliver those raw materials as needed, Martin said. It also will provide services such as sorting, contract drying, blending and custom packaging of resins; and cleaning and rebundling of gaylords and pallets.
Later this year, the site will begin offering hot-melt filtering, a process that involves removing contaminants from neat resin, running it through a twin-screw extruder, filter and die head, and pelletizing the strands, he said.
Operations are expected to start in West Virginia this month. The Ohio site will be used for at least two or three more years.
The firm set up in Wood County because it is 15 miles from five resin plants, and it received low-interest loans from the West Virginia government, he said. Concepts West is the first firm brought to the area by the state's Polymer Alliance Zone, an economic agency targeting plastics.