Teknor Apex Co. is relocating part of its Chem Polymer compounding unit from Fort Myers, Fla., to Brownsville, Tenn. The 57-employee Fort Myers site will close by the end of March.
Some jobs will be available in Brownsville for employees who relocate, a spokesman said. Also, equipment from Fort Myers will be moved to Brownsville, where a 24 million-pound-capacity compounding line was installed last year. That line is being used to make Chem Polymer's compounds, which are based on engineering resins including nylon, acetal and polybutylene terephthalate.
``The Brownsville facility already supports three other Teknor Apex divisions with a trained industrial workforce,'' Chem Polymer business manager and Vice President Scott Fleming said in a Jan. 21 news release. ``In addition, it's strategically located for serving automotive manufacturers, [which are] the largest market for our compounds.''
Pawtucket, R.I.-based Teknor acquired the Fort Myers site when it bought Chem Polymer from BIP Group in 2004. Teknor, which has 12 global locations, also makes Chem Polymer compounds at sites in Lodi, Ohio; Oldbury, England; and Singapore. The company plans to make Chem Polymer compounds at a plant in Suzhou, China.
The Fort Myers operation covers 68,000 square feet of space spread out over four buildings. Teknor owns two of the buildings, which will be sold.
In addition to PVC compounds, the 1 million-square-foot Brownsville plant makes garden hose and specialty chemicals such as plasticizers. Teknor also plans to add production of thermoplastic elastomer-based compounds in Oldbury later this year.
Teknor ranks as one of North America's 30 largest compounders and also is a major manufacturer of garden hose. The firm employs 2,000 at 14 locations worldwide and has annual sales of more than $650 million.