Parkinson Technologies Inc. is spending $1.5 million to add 20,000 square feet to its headquarters to create more space and make room on site for its Marshall and Williams plastics laboratory.
This marks the third year in a row that the company has expanded. Parkinson moved to its current, 50,000-square-foot building in Woonsocket, R.I., in 1995. Expansions in 1999 and 2000 increased its size to 80,000 square feet. The newest change increases the facility to 100,000 square feet.
Parkinson Technologies makes winders and other products for the handling of large webs for the plastic, nonwoven and paper industries. It purchased the Marshall and Williams business in early 2000.
``We are in the first stage, building an office mezzanine,'' Parkinson Vice President Ken Cavanagh said in a telephone interview.
He said that the new office area will free up factory space and, along with a lean manufacturing program adopted last fall, will make a big difference.
The expansion is to be finished in early October. The M&W lab is currently in Providence, R.I. It will be updated and moved to its new home by the first quarter of 2002.
Cavanagh said the upgrade will address two particular areas - biaxially oriented films for shrink wrap and breathable films.
He said shrink labeling is growing to meet the demand for more complex shapes. The breathable films are being used to control vapors and gases for such items as food packaging and diapers.
``A large production line can't take time off to experiment. The lab allows the customer to develop films,'' Cavanagh said.