CLEVELAND — M.A. Hanna Co. of Cleveland will expand its recently acquired Harwick Chemical Manufacturing Corp. business unit by building a 100,000-square-foot colorant and additive manufacturing facility in Massillon, Ohio.
Hanna, a leading plastics and rubber compounder, also will expand a former Harwick facility in Wynne, Ark. The combined cost of the projects is expected to be $9 million.
The Massillon plant will employ 120. Construction will begin after city and state officials approve economic incentives worth as much as $1.5 million.
Production in Massillon will focus on specialty colors for the rubber and plastics markets and water-based dispersions for latex and chemical additive dispersions for the rubber polymer market. Those materials now are produced at Harwick Standard Distribution in nearby Akron, Ohio. But that site was not included in Hanna's September acquisition of Harwick's manufacturing operations.
Harwick Chemical Manufacturing President Craig Stambaugh said the firm will be able to retain its current work force, making for a smooth transition for customers. The relocation is scheduled to be complete by the end of 1999.
The new facility also will house labs for quality and product technology.
In Wynne, Hanna will add 30,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse capacity to a 120,000-square-foot facility. The project will add 50 new jobs in the next three years.