Reedy Chemical Foam and Polymer Additives Group, both subsidiaries of Metals and Additives LLC, have launched construction on a new headquarters in Brazil, Ind.
Reedy, a maker of chemical foaming agents, and PAG, a manufacturer of flame retardants, said the new building will replace a leased office and free up space for research and development and manufacturing at its current site.
The building will be 3,500 square feet and will have administrative offices and conference rooms for meetings with customers and vendors.
"Just adding a little bit to the community and strengthening our location here in Brazil is probably a big importance to us and just making it more locally based," said Taylor Greven, marketing manager for Metals and Additives.
"It just shows more to the community down here that we're we are here that we're committed to this area," added Greg Bennett, chief financial officer for Metals and Additives.
The location shift will not affect customers and can be seen as more convenient to have customer visits being closer to the production facility, the company said.
It will provide space to improve communications throughout different departments like sales, production and shipping and help streamline some processes.
Metals and Additives has increased its employment level by 10 percent. thanks to recent growth. It will add three positions following the office expansion.
The shift of administration employees to the new facility will allow space to expand research and development and plant operations, the company said. The company has added over $200,000 of lab equipment within the last two years.
In 2019, Metals and Additives acquired Reedy and officials said it has been a good addition to the company due to the sustainability side of the company.
"It's been a resource in that it's helping our customers meet their sustainability goals," Greven said. "That's a big thing that's coming up now is that companies are pushing to become more sustainable."
Construction began Nov. 2, 2023, and is set to be done by April.