STOUGHTON, MASS. — Samar Co. Inc. has purchased a larger facility in Stoughton, allowing it to stay in the city it has called home for more than 20 years. The comapny, which employs about 50, makes plastic tubing, specialty hoses and hose assemblies for washing machines. The firm purchased a 65,000-square-foot building from Brookfield Engineering Laboratories Inc. for an undisclosed price.
"Buying the building actually is helping us to stay in Stoughton; otherwise we would have had to move," said Samar President William Selby.
He said more space was needed to handle a contract with an undisclosed client to make washing-machine hoses.
Brookfield, which makes viscometers, had occupied the site since 1952. It moved in January 1999 to a 73,000-square-foot facility in Middleboro, Mass. However, it still is involved in a cleanup of the water near the Stoughton site.
According to environmental analyst Jim Kenny with the state Department of Environmental Protection, Brookfield was sent a notice of responsibility in June 1998 for 1,1,1, trichloroethane contamination in the ground water. The company had used the solvent to clean machinery. Since then, Brookfield has cooperated in the cleanup, which requires pumping ground water to a treatment center, removing the solvent and pumping the water back into the ground.
No contamination has been found in the building.