Chase Plastics Services Inc. has moved into bigger and better homes in Clarkston, Mich., and South Bend, Ind.
The Clarkston-based engineering resin distributor moved into a 9,200-square-foot headquarters there in September. The site employs 20 and is 40 percent larger than Chase's previous location, President Kevin Chase said in a telephone interview.
That same month, Chase opened a 58,000-square-foot warehouse in South Bend. The site is larger than two smaller facilities Chase had operated there and will serve as the firm's distribution hub. The new site, which employs 10, also will house Chase's color concentrate blending operation and Alden Trucking, a Chase-owned trucking business.
Chase Plastics officials said the new warehouse will reduce operating costs while expediting order processing and simplifying inventory management. Another 16,000 square feet is available in the building for future expansion.
The addition of Kraton Polymers LLC of Houston in early 2002 gives Chase almost 40 material suppliers. Chase now distributes Kraton-D resin, which is a styrenic block copolymer similar to the K-Resin material produced by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP.
The blending operation - in which Chase blends color products from Clariant Masterbatches with its own base resins - may add a second blender in 2003 to keep up with demand.
On the sales front, Chase recently added a full-time sales rep in Kansas City and hopes to add a total of three sales staffers to cover Virginia, the Carolinas, Texas and Wisconsin in 2003. The firm also began using public warehousing in Los Angeles and Windsor, Ontario, in 2002 as well.
Chase Plastics, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2002, also hired its first full-time technical employee, who also will oversee the firm's private-label engineering resins produced under the CP Pryme brand name.
Annual sales for Chase Plastics increased about 13 percent in 2002 to reach $60 million.