Reichhold Plans to Expand Morris Manufacturing Site

15 October 2003

Reichhold plans to invest in its Morris, IL manufacturing operation, its largest facility in the U.S. which is currently sold out.

The Morris site expnsion will increase its current capacity by 35 percent, and also includes plans for bulk handling and automated charging of solids, state-of the-art silica mixing technology and an upgrade to the process computer control system to ensure batch-to-batch product consistency.

“I’m thrilled to announce Reichhold and our parent company, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals, are committed to serving our customers better by expanding our Morris, IL site - - a key production site which is currently sold out in polyester capacity,” said Gary Krall, chairman and CEO. “The improved production capabilities and increased capacity will allow us to deliver cost-effective products and services to our customers with increased speed and efficiency.”

Reichhold has received the required permits and production is slated to go online in 2004.

Reichhold’s Morris site, situated on approximately 128 acres 65 miles southeast of Chicago, IL, was purchased in 1967. The Morris site produces unsaturated polyester resins for the composites industry as well as producing emulsions and polyurethane dispersions (PUD) for the coatings industry.

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