Compounder and concentrate maker Americhem Inc. has added three extrusion lines and created 25 new jobs at its plant in Concord, N.C.
Two of the new lines will make large lots for polyester carpet manufacturers, officials with Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Americhem said in a news release. The third line will make small lots to critical specifications for the textile market.
The new lines will help Americhem's customers grow and gain the competitive edge, as the floor coverings market shifts from staple and polyolefin-based fibers to polyester bulk continuous filament fibers, according to plant manager Jim Cook.
Along with the expansion, Americhem renovated some existing areas of the Concord plant to improve material flow and production efficiency, he added. It's the second capacity expansion in the last three years for the Concord site.
Americhem operates four plants in the U.S., as well as single plants in England and China. The firm ranks as one of North America's 30 largest makers of compounds and concentrates and has annual sales of between $150 million and $200 million.
Officials with Americhem previously said they expect the firm to post double-digit sales growth for 2010.