03 October 2006
03 October 2006
The demand for pools from Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools has necessitated the opening of a second manufacturing plant to meet their demand.
The majority of Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools sales are to the Eastern United States and Canada, but the company has shipped as far away as Germany. Blue Hawaiian headquarters and its original plant are in Largo, Florida. The new plant being built in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will significantly reduce transportation costs for pools shipped to several states and Canada.
The new plant will continue a philosophy that emphasizes professional training. New workers are trained by Largo Plant Operations Manager Nick Williams, who is a Certified Composites Technician - Instructor (CCT-I), the highest professional accreditation earned through the American Composites Manufacturers Association. As a CCT-I professional, Williams qualifies, mentors, schools and tests Blue Hawaiian workers to become Certified Composites Technicians.
Pool production starts with mold preparation and application of a pigmented gel coat. To keep moisture from causing gel coat blisters, workers next spray-up a barrier skin coat of chopped glass fibres in AOC’s Vipel F010 bisphenol A epoxy vinyl ester. The final layer is a hand lay-up bulk laminate using Altek H834 resin to impregnate fibreglass chopped strand mat and woven roving. Resin-impregnated combination mat is added to specific locations needing extra strength.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.