Color concentrates and additives maker Americhem Inc. is restructuring production capacity - phasing out a plant in Maryland while planning to boost production in North Carolina and Texas.
The company, based in Cuyahoga Falls, told 29 employees at its Salisbury, Md., site that it will transfer production to other facilities within the next few months. It plans to shutter the plant, its smallest, by April 2008.
Americhem said it expects several workers to transfer to other facilities but offered no specific number.
Americhem plans to add manufacturing lines to its Concord, N.C., and Mansfield, Texas, plants, the company said in a news release. It did not provide details, but said the changes will expand production of color and additive masterbatches by 10-20 percent at both facilities.
The company also recently completed an expansion of its Dalton, Ga., plant, adding 15,000 square feet of space and boosting polyolefin production capacity.
``Growth at these locations will help us address the evolving needs of our clients especially those in the fibers and building products industries,'' commercial Vice President Dave Bouton said in the release.
The North Carolina plant focuses on synthetic fibers, while the Texas plant makes items mostly for the building trade. Bouton listed both markets as rapidly growing opportunities, particularly in the North American Free Trade Agreement region.
The company also has two plants in Cuyahoga Falls and one in Elgin, Ill., as well as manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, China, and Manchester, United Kingdom.