Anderson, S.C.-based Huntington Foam Corp. is consolidating its two Pennsylvania manufacturing plants, relocating its financial operations to Pittsburgh and opening its second facility in Mexico.
The custom shapes molder is relocating machinery and some employees from its Mount Pleasant, Pa., plant to its Brockway, Pa., facility.
``There are some efficiencies that can be gained by combining these two facilities,'' said Gary McLaughlin, Huntington's vice president of sales and marketing, in a July 5 telephone interview.
The two-month transition will include the addition of about 15 workers to the 60,000-square-foot plant in Brockway. Huntington plans to sell its 25,000-square-foot building in Mount Pleasant.
On July 5, Huntington officials opened their new financial offices in Pittsburgh, where they relocated from DuBois, Pa.
Before 2007, the company will have opened its second plant in Mexico. Its first, a 50,000-square-foot facility, opened within the past year in Nuevo Leon, near Monterrey. A nearly identical building is under construction in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
Huntington also operates plants in Fort Smith, Ark., and Greenville, Mich. It was just in the past year that the company bought its Anderson plant, expanded it to its current 100,000 square feet and made it its corporate headquarters.
McLaughlin declined to disclose the total capital investment the company is making in its various locations or the number of machines it operates.
About 85 percent of the company's business is in foam packaging, with the smaller, but growing, segment of its business in automotive and appliance component making.
McLaughlin said the company has seen double-digit growth for the past five years and expects that to continue, crediting appliance manufacturers' increasing appetite for clear film and foam packaging vs. what he called ``antiquated'' corrugated cardboard packaging.
Huntington uses a variety of resins, including polystyrene, polyethylene, and polypropylene.