Easton, Pa.-based pipe extruder Harvel Plastics Inc. is building a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bakersfield, Calif., that company officials expect to be operational by September or October.
``We have a fairly substantial export market to the Pacific Rim,'' said Dean Browning, Harvel's vice president of finance, in explaining the firm's decision to open a West Coast unit. ``Western Canada is also a key area for us.''
Harvel opened a 47,000-square-foot warehouse in Bakersfield in 1994 for its PVC and chlorinated PVC pipe and custom extrusion products.
Browning declined in a Feb. 27 telephone interview to provide financial details for the new plant, but said the commitment to Bakersfield economic development officials calls for 40 employees within two years and 50-70 in five years. The facility will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as does Harvel's 250,000-square-foot Easton operation.
Jake Wager, director of economic development for Bakersfield, said in a Feb. 25 telephone interview that $4 million in California industrial revenue bonds were issued for the Harvel project.
He said the company also is receiving job training subsidies, and that $150,000 must be repaid if the firm fails to meet certain employment goals within five years.
Harvel, a division of Detrex Corp. of Southfield, Mich., had 1996 sales of $26.3 million, according to Detrex's most recent annual report. Detrex, which mainly manufactures industrial organic chemicals, has annual sales of $100 million and employs 350.
The parent company exports about 12 percent of its products, primarily from its extrusion and lubrication divisions, the report said.