Dunmore Corp. is expanding its Bristol, Pa., converting facility.
The Bristol-based producer of coated and laminated films will add a 5,200-square-foot research and development center and slot die coating capability, plus it will move the employees of its Newtown, Pa., facility into the Bristol plant.
Dunmore bought the Bristol facility five years ago. The firm did not disclose the cost of the expansion, which began this month.
The Bristol plant is currently at 65,000 square feet but has the potential to expand to 120,000 square feet, said marketing assistant Mike Mac Donald.
The plant at the Newtown location is 55,000 square feet. Mac Donald said the Newtown facility, which is about eight miles away, has been expanded five times during the past 30 years and has run out of space.
The fate of the Newtown facility has not been determined, Mac Donald said.
Mac Donald said all 68 employees will be coming over from the Newtown facility, including research and development, customer service and manufacturing. The move should improve efficiency by encouraging easier communication, according to Mac Donald.
The expansion is to be finished in 12-18 months. When complete, the facility will have three solvent and aqueous coating lines, two with in-line laminating capability and two with UV coating capability; two vacuum metalizers; three slitter rewinders; one dry laminator and a pilot coating/ laminating line, according to a news release.
Earlier expansion at the plant included the purchase of a new coating line, metalizer, slitter rewinder and office renovation that was completed last year.
Dunmore's other facility in Brewster, N.Y., will not be affected.