Consolidated Polymer Technologies Inc. is expanding its space and production capacity for thermoplastic elastomer tubing and pellets.
The firm will move in mid-October from its Largo, Fla., facility to a new one it is building three miles away in the same city. The new plant will have a production area of 22,000 square feet, about 21/2 times its current production space. Overall, the new building will be about twice as large as the existing one.
Consolidated also is buying a new compounding line and a new extruder to make tubing up to 2 inches in diameter; its current maximum is 1 inch. The firm's tubing production is the main destination for Consolidated's C-Flex thermoplastic elastomers, but the company also sells C-Flex pellets, mainly to medical component producers, said Jerry Stadt, vice president of marketing and sales. Consolidated now runs two tubing lines. C-Flex is available in hardnesses ranging from 5-95 Shore A.
The new equipment will allow Consolidated to triple production of tubing and compounded resin. It extrudes tubing mainly for the medical market, for which it is a registered device manufacturer under Food and Drug Administration regulations, Stadt said in a telephone interview. The new facility will include a clean room for packaging tubing prior to shipment.
Stadt said his company is running near capacity and needs the extra space and machinery to capitalize on new business opportunities. It is operating three shifts a day, six days a week but might go to two shifts a day with the more productive equipment.
Consolidated is owned by Larry and Linda Carpenter, who bought it from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. nine years ago.