DENVER (Feb. 28, 2:35 p.m. ET) — Expanded polystyrene manufacturer ACH Foam Technologies recently bolstered its Washington, Iowa, facility.
To make room for its new line of shape molding capabilities for packaging and OEM customers, the new plant's square footage is double that of the original building at 80,000 square feet. The expansion will add eight new jobs.
Division general manager Brad Ward said the company is offering tours of the new equipment, to show off their Hirsh transfer technology.
“It's really fun to see how this machinery works,” Ward said in a Feb. 28 news release. He said the equipment allows ACH to custom mold expanded polystyrene foam packaging, Arcel, Gecet, R-mer and polyethylene.
ACH designers use 3-D software in their development of custom products.
The company, based in Denver, has facilities in Gainesville, Ga., McCarran, Nev., Murray, Utah, Fond du Lac, Wis., as well as two facilities in Kansas City, Kan., and one in Newton, Kan. The company offers block molding services in eight locations and custom molding in four.
ACH's previous expansion was the addition of SIP manufacturing to their Nevada plant in 2010.
“We've been cautiously optimistic about the economy for the past year,” Erich Brandt, senior vice president sales, said in the release. “Now that we are experiencing steadily increasing demand for custom-molded packaging, we are excited to move forward with the much-needed expansion.”