Techmer PM, a leading materials maker, has planned to expand its plant in Batavia, Illinois. The company will relocate its Avon, Ohio, unit. Reportedly, both the initiations will be through by the end of this year.
Clinton, Tenn.-based Techmer’s officials said that the Batavia development will be inclusive of the introduction of various new extrusion lines. It will have some hardware moved from Avon, along with new equipment. According to President Ryan Howley, all their Avon employees, 26 in number, will be employed either with Batavia or Clinton location.
Howley said, “Our investment in equipment and improved processes is a reflection of our dedication to leveraging strengths from our existing business and finding new ways to meet the needs of our growing customer base.” He added that Batavia will own two novel twin-screw lines also. In all, the site will have almost 15 lines.
As per the report, the new establishment will help the company in gaining efficiencies through automation and material handling upgrades. The complete expansion is likely to report a rise of 30% in net capacity. Initially, the company will invest over $2 million in the project.
“Enhancements in our Batavia operations will help us to develop an even stronger Midwest presence,” said Howley. The company opened the Batavia plant, which covers around 80,000 sq. ft., in late 2013. Earlier, the company operated in Naperville, which is in the vicinity. Naperville site, as well as the Avon site, was acquired by the company in 2008. Accel Color Corp. was purchased by it at the time.
Color and additive concentrates were made by the Avon and Batavia sites, which were based on styrenics, engineering resins, and polyolefins for different end uses. The growth in sales has allowed Techmer to include five jobs last month in Batavia. More than 50 people are employed with it now.
The company’s New Castle, Del. Plant, which is worth $2.6 million, is also about to complete. It will manufacture materials for Engineered Solutions business of Techmer – one among the 30 leading compounders and concentrate makers of North America, which reports annual sales of over $200 million.