The Lubrizol Corporation, located at Wickliffe, Ohio celebrated the successful start-up of its latest TPU capacity expansion in Avon Lake, Ohio by cutting the ribbon ceremony on May 24, 2018.
Local community dignitaries and state officials including Avon Lake Mayor, Greg Zilka; Avon Lake Economic Development Director, Ted Esborn; Lorain County Commissioner (president), Ted Kalo and Lorain County Commissioner (vice president) participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Further, the following Matt Lundy; Ohio State Senator, Gayle Manning; representatives from JobsOhio; and others, including employees, key contractors, and the media participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were present.
The expansion costing $30 million investment at the Avon lake site is part of the strategic investment in Engineered Polymers, totaling nearly $80 million across the globe and supports the company’s Engineered Polymers business and well-known product lines including Estane thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and others. The demand for specialty polymers and compounds is expected to grow at double-digit rates.
Nathan Deutsch, plant manager for the Avon Lake TPU production facility, said, “The expansion adds significant new capacity. The project was completed on time, on budget and commissioned safely and successfully – all in about 20 months.”
Bill Snyder, who sponsored the project as global operations, director for Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, commented, “I’ve seen a lot of projects in 30 years and this was, by far, the best, because of the combination of deep experience in process technology, engineering, manufacturing know-how, applications expertise, teamwork, focus and accountability.”
According to Mike Vaughn, vice president of operations, HSES, and supply chain for The Lubrizol Corporation, the investments, the new capabilities, and focus on process automation and operational excellence have been the base for the integrity of products and improved the safety, reliability, and yield.