GW Plastics Inc. is beefing up its Silicones Division capacity, breaking ground in October on a 15,000-square-foot addition to its Royalton facility.
The company said it is investing $3 million to create a new ISO Class 8 clean room area for liquid silicone rubber applications including molding and assembly. It expects the addition to be ready in the first quarter of 2012.
“We've had lots of growth, but it takes awhile for projects to come together. Now, we're gaining all the benefits of prototyping and it is starting to facilitate our production business,” said GW Silicones General Manager Mark Hammond in a telephone interview.
GW Plastics started its Silicones Division in 2008 and according to Hammond is running three dedicated silicone machines. He said that the new wing will house the Silcones Division. The Royalton facility currently supports multiple operations, as it includes mold making, a technology center as well as production space.
Hammond said the new area will run six to eight machines when it is up and running next year. The addition will accommodate up to 18 machines and can be scaled up to 25,000 square feet in the future. GW expects to add 25 to 50 jobs in the next three to five years.
He said the company uses primarily Engel machinery and the range of the new machines will be from 50 to 200 tons.
GW Plastics is the Plastics News 2009 Processor of the Year and has operations in Bethel and Royalton, Vt.; San Antonio, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; Queretaro, Mexico; Dongguan, China; and Cartago, Costa Rica. It has six ISO 8 clean rooms worldwide.