TRS doubles space by relocating plant
SHIRLEY, MASS. — Thermoplastic elastomer maker Thermoplastic Rubber Systems Inc. is moving into a new, 20,000-square-foot manufacturing site later this month, only seven months after the Shirley-based firm opened for business.
The new location is in the same building as the firm's original 10,000-square-foot site. TRS also is adding a second twin-screw extrusion line this summer to bring its total annual capacity to about 20 million pounds. A third twin-screw line is expected to be added in early 2002.
The firm, which produces thermoplastic vulcanizates and other specialty TPEs, also is hiring two more employees, bringing its total to seven.
"We've been doing a lot of business in building and construction applications," TRS part-owner and President Jonas Angus said in a recent telephone interview. "We also just received [Food and Drug Administration] approvals for food and medical uses."
TRS also expects to receive material approvals from DaimlerChrysler Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in June.
Angus anticipates 2001 sales of at least $2 million.
Cloeren moves HQ to old supermarket
ORANGE, TEXAS — Cloeren Inc. has renovated an abandoned supermarket in downtown Orange for its headquarters. Conversation about flat dies for plastics will replace shouts of, "Cleanup on aisle two."
Peter Cloeren said the company considered building a new headquarters, but decided instead to renovate the supermarket. Originally a Safeway and more recently called Budget Chopper Foods, the 55,000-square-foot structure sat empty for five years.
"At the end of the day, the building was in fantastic shape, and when we looked at it vs. the cost of rebuilding, we determined we could renovate this at less than half the cost of new construction," said Cloeren, president and chief executive officer.
Cloeren's headquarters occupies about half the building, or 26,000 square feet of space. The company already has leased about 9,000 square feet to a bank. That leaves another 20,000 square feet, which it may lease out or use for future expansion.
The company will lease out its former, 9,000-square-foot headquarters.
Cloeren Inc. employs 260 at the headquarters and two factories, all in Orange. Officials broke ground March 19 on an addition to the second plant that will double its size, to 24,000 square feet. Two new machines — a five-axis milling machine and a grinder — will go into that plant.
No expansion is planned at the landlocked first plant, which measures 60,000 square feet, Cloeren said.
The company employs another 100 in Eau Claire, Wis.
Cloeren declined to put a dollar figure on the projects in Orange.
New magazine covers U.K. plastics, rubber
LONDON — Reed Exhibition Cos., which runs the Interplas trade shows in Birmingham, England, has launched a magazine covering the plastics and rubber industries in the United Kingdom.
The monthly Polymer Engineering debuted with the March issue.
Polymer Engineering will have a circulation of 20,000, according to London-based Reed.
Reed hired Simon Murray, former editor of Plastics & Rubber Weekly, to become the editor of Polymer Engineering.