Two firms recently formed joint venture Spunstrand Fiberglass Structures LLC in Arlington, enabling them to add capacity and make larger fiber-reinforced plastic tanks and carbon and web scrubbers.
Spunstrand Inc. of Wallace, Idaho, and Fiberglass Structures Inc. of Laurel, Mont., established the joint venture Sept. 5 after acquiring the assets of FiberTek Inc., which lost heavily in the collapse of the semiconductor market.
The purchase included equipment and assumption of a contract to buy an expandable, 10,000-square-foot facility on 21/2 acres being leased from the Port of Arlington. The site uses two filament-winding machines and two chopper spray guns.
Sales during the first year of operation are projected to exceed $1 million, said Michael Schaeffer, Spunstrand Inc. chief financial officer and part of a five-person management team overseeing the venture.
Both the Idaho and Montana locations needed more manufacturing space and the capability existing in Arlington to make larger storage tanks with diameters up to 18 feet.
The venture's four employees include Pablo Rodriguez, plant manager, and Jan Wullum, plant superintendent. Both were there with FiberTek since 1995 and with predecessor Chemical Proof Corp., which ran the operation from 1956-94.
Spunstrand Inc. employs 40-50, occupies 18,000 square feet in Wallace and makes filament-wound FRP products. It has a corporate office in Seattle and a sales office in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Fiberglass Structures employs 25, occupies 22,000 square feet and makes FRP products including stock water tanks, burial vaults and custom work.