CARMI, ILL. (June 29, 9:35 a.m. ET) — Elastec/American Marine Inc.'s top officials haven't let notoriety go to their heads.
Thrust into the spotlight for months as it took the lead in the massive effort to halt the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico — after the Transocean drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded on April 20, 2010 — the company today remains what it has always been: a producer of a variety of products that for the most part operates under the radar.
Only it's now much bigger than it was two years ago.
The polyurethane, rubber and vinyl containment boom maker has added a factory in Fairfield, Ill., to accommodate its expanding production capabilities and growing customer base. Spanning close to 50,000 square feet, the facility has a workforce of about 40 and the firm plans to add to that as the business grows.
E/AM primarily will make booms for the containment of pollutants on water along with storage tanks used for oil collection at the new facility, according to Greg Cassell, vice president of the Boom Division.
Not all of the booms are off the shelf, marketing director Linda Henning said. “We do a lot of custom booms.”
Headquartered in Carmi, where its main complex consists of three buildings, the company also has a three-building factory site in Cocoa, Fla. Previously all containment booms were made in Cocoa, said Cassell, who heads up both the new Fairfield and Florida operations.
E/AM's new factory will free up needed space to manufacture other products in Cocoa, he said.
The Fairfield facility was needed because E/AM has been growing rapidly in the last two years, Cassell said.
“We need a lot of volume and we need inventory. And after the spill in the Gulf we needed more space because of new business and for potential emergencies.”
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