Interfacial Solutions LLC recently broke ground on a $1.75 million project in River Falls, Wis., that will triple its space and allow for more machinery for developing materials and processes.
The firm, which also does low-volume compounding, currently operates in a 5,000-square-foot facility in Hudson, Wis., which is about seven miles away from the new site.
``Companies come to us with their problems - if anyone needs materials cheaper or a process faster,'' President Jeffrey Cernohous said in a telephone interview.
Interfacial helps companies deal with composites, additives, nanotechnology and adhesives. It works with firms that have cut back on research and development, and it can develop extruded profiles, film and materials for injection molded parts.
The company, which Cernohous founded in 2003, hopes to move into the 15,000-square-foot facility by Nov. 1. The new building will contain three new twin-screw extruders and a laboratory.
``The extruders will help commercialize some of the materials we have under development,'' he said, adding that the firm is working with materials such as wood-plastic composites and nanocomposites.
The company's sales have been growing steadily and should double this year, Cernohous said. He did not disclose the actual sales figure.
Interfacial has four employees and expects to add a chemist and a salesperson. Overall, Cernohous hopes to add 11 jobs in the next three years.
The company worked with county and state officials to find the right site. Interfacial will receive $207,600 in technology zone tax credits, according to state officials.