RÃ¶chling Engineered Plastics LP said its sister company RÃ¶chling Sustaplast will relocate from Exton, Pa., to Gastonia, N.C.
Sustaplast makes stock shapes such as rod, tube and plates from engineering plastics like acetal, nylon, polyetheretherketone and polyetherimide.
``It will allow us to take two business units and supply the same customer base,'' RÃ¶chling Engineered President Lewis Carter said in a telephone interview.
The Sustaplast business will be located near RÃ¶chling Engineered's headquarters in Gastonia. The refurbished new location will contain a ware- house that will handle shipping from RÃ¶chling Engineered and the Sustaplast operation.
RÃ¶chling Sustaplast expects to complete its move by Oct. 1. The business now employs about 25, compared with 110 at RÃ¶chling Engineered's Gastonia site, which produces sheet from ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene, high density PE, polypropylene and polyvinylidene difluoride.
About 22 employees initially will staff the new location, which was purchased for about $8 million. It has 165,000 square feet of space.
No other RÃ¶chling business will be relocated along with the Sustaplast move, Carter said. Gastonia already handles U.S. UHMW PE shipments from the Symplastic operation in Orangeville, Ontario.
The RÃ¶chling businesses are subsidiaries of RÃ¶chling Group of Mannheim, Germany. In other news, RÃ¶chling Group recently acquired smart-card injection molder CirecleSmart- Card AG of Erfurt, Germany, and combined it with its RÃ¶chling Technical Parts KG business.