SAN ANTONIO — Engineered reinforcement fabric producer Brunswick Technologies Inc. has added space and workers and provided a technology infusion at an Andover, England, operation it acquired March 1.
``They had an aggressive growth plan [but] couldn't do [it] under former'' ownership, William Dubay, president and chief operating officer of the Brunswick, Maine-based firm, said in an interview at Composites '98 in San Antonio.
Malcolm Lee, general manager of the Brunswick Technologies Europe Ltd. unit, has increased the sales force in the United Kingdom, pushed into the polyester resin, open-mold part of the market and added 6,255 square feet of leased space. The firm needed the space to relieve operational pressures on capacity, achieve manufacturing efficiency gains and increase storage space. The existing facility has 22,000 square feet.
Brunswick is creating a room in Andover with a clean-air filtration system for the dedicated production of carbon fiber reinforcements on a new machine by February, Lee said.
The Andover site employed 23 in March and now employs 30 ``with a plan in '99 to go to 40'' people, Lee said.
In its Maine facility, Brunswick completed an expansion to 75,000 square feet from 50,000 square feet and installed a machine with 4 million pounds of new capacity. A new stitch head for a customized machine should become operational in 1999's third quarter, Dubay said.
Brunswick employs 75 there but finds a tight labor market in Maine constricting its options.
At a Seguin, Texas, facility, Brunswick is adding new capabilities to a few of its machines during the next year, Dubay said. Brunswick employs 60 in Seguin on a three-shift, seven-day production schedule.