Clariant Masterbatches has consolidated its Chicago-area production sites, moving production from McHenry into West Chicago.
West Chicago “is a large site for color concentrates for us,” North American business director Steve Snow said in a recent phone interview. “We consolidated machinery, moved some lines and installed new lines.”
In a news release, Snow added combining the two sites, which were only about 30 miles apart, “gave a great opportunity for growth and revitalization.”
“By consolidating two very successful operations … we have the opportunity to greatly expand West Chicago and to install a state-of-the-art ColorWorks design center.”
The center will open next year. The expanded West Chicago site now has 17 extrusion lines, five container mixers and three high-intensity turbo mixers, as well as 11 liquid-color dispensers and two liquid-color mills. Some equipment is new, while some has been moved from McHenry.
A high-efficiency plant-cooling system has been installed to feed separate closed-loop systems to the extruders and strand-cooling tanks. The combined site will consume less energy and less water, as well as generating less waste per pound of masterbatch produced.
In addition to West Chicago, Clariant Masterbatches operates nine other North American production sites, including at its headquarters in Holden, Mass.