Polyfoam Corp. has added to its expanded polystyrene molding operations by opening a 13,000-square-foot addition to its 250,000-square-foot plant in Northbridge, Mass.
The $2 million expansion included the installation of six EPS foam molding presses and the completion of a package-testing lab certified by the International Safe Transit Association.
Considerable growth in recent years has prompted the expansion, the firm said in a news release.
President Tom Coz declined to offer sales or capacity figures for the privately held company but said he expects the expansion to yield double-digit growth for Polyfoam.
``It's a little early to tell, but the consistency of quality has definitely improved,'' Coz said. ``One of the things we were focusing on when we did this expansion was to make sure everything was very consistent, with very few rejects or scrap. That's what we're certainly seeing.''
To increase energy efficiency, Polyfoam also upgraded its utilities - including new air, water, steam and electrical systems - Coz said.
``The utilities were basically changed over during that time to take advantage of changes made in those different systems over the past three or four years,'' he said. ``We were able to take advantage of the latest technology and reduce energy usage and cost.''
With about 80 employees, Polyfoam has been manufacturing EPS packaging foam for more than 25 years. Product applications include protective packaging, insulated containers and components for pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, specialty foods and display.