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Citing increased customer demand for its products in the Midwest region of the US, Sekisui Plastics USA (SPUS) has chosen Kenton, Ohio, US, as the location for its new $5.2 million manufacturing facility.
Scheduled to come online in July, 2015, Sekisui says the plant will initially produce foam products moulded mainly from Piocelan hybrid mouldable foam resin, for use in automotive parts, baby seat core parts, and other industrial markets such as protective packaging.
“Since opening our first US manufacturing plant in Tennessee in 2007, we have experienced tremendous growth, in South/Central US, and we are anticipating similar growth in the Northern Midwest,” said Thomas Pontiff, Vice President of SPUS. “Locating our new plant in Kenton, Ohio gives us both the increased moulding capacity we need for our expanding customer base plus closer proximity to both our current and targeted OEM customers who require just in time (JIT) delivery.”
When completed, the 120,000 square foot facility is expected to house manufacturing and office space, including tooling design, manufacturing and repair, product prototyping, technical service, and customer service. “With a moulding capacity for 20-40 metric tons per month, which we expect to increase to 100 metric tons in the near future, we will initially mould products designed for automotive energy absorption and safety, automotive light-weighting and automotive sound absorption,” explained Pontiff. “We will also produce packaging products for complex automotive parts for transport as well as consumer and industrial protective packaging.” Looking to the future, Pontiff said the company has plans to expand the facility to produce the actual raw material used to mould its various products, as well as for other manufacturing capabilities to support new markets. The site will also be used to warehouse other products imported for sale within the Americas.
The Kenton facility is projected to eventually provide up to 50 area jobs. “One of the characteristics we looked for in our original search for a geographic location was a small community with a good, stable workforce, and one that has ready access to shipment via highway and rail,” said Pontiff. “Kenton offered everything we needed plus the locale and state have offered tremendous support enabling an easy decision to locate here.”
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