Expanded polystyrene maker Epsilyte Holdings LLC is undertaking projects at two locations in the Midwest, including one effort to increase use of recycled PS as feedstock and another to expand production capacity.
The Woodlands, Texas-based company said work will further expand recycling capabilities at the firm's Piqua, Ohio, location "increasing the facility's ability to efficiently use post-consumer polystyrene as a feedstock to produce our advanced materials."
Epsilyte also will undertake an effort to debottleneck production in Peru, Ill., which is expected to increase capacity by about 25 million pounds per year, the company said.
The company also is commissioning an engineering study to expand operations in Peru by 220 million pounds by 2025.
The investments will bring a combined 245 million pounds of production capacity to the North American market, the company said.
"We continue to see strong demand for growth in our markets, and we expect this to continue. We believe these investments are the most efficient way to increase North American expandable polystyrene production to meet the needs of our customers," said Glenn Wredenhagen, vice president, commercial and supply chain, in a statement.