Xerium Technologies Inc. will expand two plants to enhance its rolls products and mechanical services capabilities for the North American market.
Xerium, based in Youngsville, N.C., said it will expand and modernize its Griffin, Georgia, plant to broaden its mechanical service offering, expand its capabilities for rubber roll recovering and expand its capabilities for industrial roll recovering.
Additionally, Xerium will expand and modernize its Neenah, Wisconsin, plant, the company said. It will broaden its product offering by installing a state-of the-art polyurethane roll cover production cell and increase the size and breadth of its mechanical services department in order to serve customers more broadly in the region.
Both facilities manufacture and repair large rolls used in the production of flexible packaging, film, paper, containerboard, boxboard, tissue, pulp, nonwoven fabrics, fiber cement siding and steel. Additionally, Xerium said, both facilities mechanically repair and service large sections of production machines that require regular and sophisticated maintenance.
The cost of the investment was not disclosed.
These investments will allow shorter lead time and generate increased sales volumes in their respective regions, the company said. Completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.
“Both modernization projects enable these two plants to supply all of Xerium's roll product portfolio and mechanical service technologies to assist large machine owners in these regions to achieve optimized machine performance,” President and CEO Harold Bevis said in a news release.