BCC Products Inc./Blehm Plastics has doubled its manufacturing space through a 20,000-square-foot expansion in Franklin, Ind.
Franklin-based BCC/Blehm recently completed the expansion and plans to begin using new space by the middle of September, marketing director Nevin Speerbrecker said in a Sept. 8 telephone interview.
The company produces specialty epoxies, polysulfide rubber, latex and urethanes for the foundry, automotive, marine and aerospace markets. The firm operates six production lines and has annual production capacity of 2 million pounds.
Speerbrecker said the expansion is needed to accommodate equipment and machinery BCC acquired when it bought Blehm from a private owner in 2006. That deal added two production lines to BCC's four. The lines were moved last year to Franklin from Blehm's location in Hazel Park, Mich.
``We added a new reactor system and things were getting cramped,'' Speerbrecker said. ``We needed some more elbow room and also needed warehousing space.''
BCC/Blehm will add a new production line next year to handle increased demand.
Sales growth in 2008 has been ``just under'' 10 percent, according to Speerbrecker. The firm posted sales of about $5 million in 2007.
The expansion is expected to create four or five jobs. BCC/ Blehm currently employs 15. Speerbrecker did not disclose the cost of the expansion.
Acquiring Blehm added the polysulfide rubber product line and increased BCC's presence in the automotive and foundry sectors. BCC/Blehm's materials are sold in many forms, including paste materials, laminating resins, surface coats and adhesives.
Speerbrecker did not rule out the possibility of BCC/Blehm making further acquisitions.
``We wouldn't be opposed to looking at another opportunity if it mixes well with what we have,'' he said.
BCC was founded in 1974 in Holt, Mich., by Roger Brunette Sr. The firm moved to Franklin in 1987 and is still owned by the Brunette family.