Volume 35, Number 7, July 2000


Azon Completes 7,000-square-foot Manufacturing Facility in Michigan

Kalamazoo, Mich., is the home for Azon’s newest polyurethane prepolymer production facility. After two years of construction, the 7,000-square-foot building is complete. The new facility houses a 750-gallon reactor, with heating and cooling equipment and two smaller reactors holding 150 and 250-gallon capacities. A quality control laboratory, raw materials and finished goods storage and office space are also included in the new building.

In addition, Azon says the new facility is an example of its long range expansion program, which also includes the recent construction of an 8,800-square-foot research and development laboratory. The new lab includes development space for new products and support for Azon’s current thermal barrier operations.

According to the company, expansion projects such as these support Azon’s strategic plan to diversify its product mix “using its expertise in urethane chemistry as the foundation for growth.”

In addition to thermal barrier systems, other marketing concentrations at Azon include Warm Light® spacers, water stop grouts, vibratory bowl linings, aggregate screenings, mold and tool production and dunnage. The company says future markets may be addressed as they are identified and resources become available.

Polaroid Corporation to Market SPD Films

Polaroid Corporation of Cambridge, Mass., acquired a worldwide, non-exclusive license to manufacture and sell suspended particle device (SPD) films to Research Frontiers (SPD films’ originator) present and future SPD end-product licensees. SPD light-controlling film users include manufacturers of windows, sunroofs, sunvisors, rear-view mirrors, instrument panels and navigation systems. The license also allows Polaroid to make the chemical emulsions used to make SPD film in its own SPD film production or for sale to other Research Frontier-licensed manufacturers.


Graham Begins Production in Newly Acquired Plant

York, Pa.-based manufacturer Graham Architectural Products Corp. has begun production in the 119,000-square-foot facility it recently acquired from another window manufacturer, not named by Graham.

According to George Thiret, president and chief executive officer, the addition of the new plant brings the company’s manufacturing space to approximately 300,000-square-feet. This represents a 60 percent increase in manufacturing capacity. Graham also retained 80 plant employees from the previous occupant.


Two New Jersey Facilities
Combine for Arch Aluminum

Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc. of Tamarac, Fla., has consolidated the Pennsauken, N.J., and Cherry Hill, N.J., plants to form a new facility in Bridgeport, N.J. The new 85,000-square-foot plant will include a 102- by 168-inch custom tempering furnace. According to the company, the plant will be the region’s only full-service facility with single-sourcing capabilities. Robert Maciejewski Jr. has been named general manager of the new Bridgeport facility.


Foreign Expansion: Allmetal Establishes First Overseas Plant

Establishing its first overseas plant, Allmetal Inc. of Itasca, Ill., has opened a subsidiary operation in Saxony, Germany. Allmetal GmbH will initially employ 20 people and will have two production lines in the 50,000-square-foot facility. As business expands, the facility can accommodate up to ten production lines.

“Europe is the largest market for the insulating glass business which represents a core business for Allmetal,” said Phillip Collin, president. “In order to maximize an opportunity to gain more market share, the time has come to establish some roots in Europe and expand into its marketplace.”

The new plant becomes the eighth facility for Allmetal with seven manufacturing plants in the United States.


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