GEORGETOWN, S.C. (Aug. 30, 2:25 p.m. ET) — In response to demand from the U.S. mining industry, geomembranes and liners manufacturer Agru America Inc. has added capacity at its plant in Fernley, Nev.
According to an Aug. 30 news release, a new, twin-screw, high-production extruder has been added at the facility for a total of three extrusion lines.
In 2012, the company will install two additional machines with co-extrusion capabilities in making multilayer resins and multicolored liners.
“This increase in production capabilities will bring a sigh of relief in the western mining industry,” Clark West said in the release. “Precious and base metals prices are rising steadily and with the quantities of these materials in the west, is causing many mines to expand and new mines to start up increasing demand for the environmentally protective liners such as we produce in our Fernley plant.”
Privately owned Agru Kunststofftechnik GmbH was founded in 1948 in Bad Hall, Austria. It operates plants in Austria, the United States, India and Thailand, and employs 650, according to its website.
U.S. subsidiary Agru Americas is headquartered in Georgetown, S.C. Using the flat die extrusion calendared process, the company produces structured geomembranes for the U.S. and international civil/environmental markets.
Its liners include Smooth Liner, Micro Spike, Super Gripnet and Drain Liner in both linear low density polyethylene and high density polyethylene. It makes HDPE and PP concrete protection liners as well as a range of pipe and pipe fittings.
Liner production began in April 2008 at the Nevada facility. Fernley acts as Agru's production and shipping hub for western North America, the Pacific Rim including South America, Asia and Australia.