Volume 48, Issue 7- July 2013


Kuraray Expands Poval Facilities with New Houston-Area Facility
Kuraray is constructing a new plant in La Porte, Texas, that will manufacture Poval resins. The plant is expected to have a production capacity of more than 40,000 tons in its first phase and operations are slated to begin in early 2015. Kuraray plans to add an additional 107 jobs over the next two years to the Houston Bay Area.\

According to the announcement, with the new plant, the company will be able to supply Poval to customers with global needs and provide the ability to second source materials from its own facilities to meet the increasing demand.

Wasco Opens Reno
Manufacturing Facility
Wells, Maine-based Wasco Skylight Products Inc. opened a new 57,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Reno, Nev. The facility will produce both standard and custom skylights for the commercial and residential markets, and expands the company’s distribution west of the Rocky Mountains. Wasco will continue to make its own vinyl extrusions for skylight frames in Maine and ship them to Reno for assembly.

Plant manager Michael Jones and customer service representative Jeff Binette have relocated to Nevada.

Dow Corning, Crystal Solar
Develop PV Solutions
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Corning and Santa Clara, Calif.-based Crystal Solar, a solar energy venture company, are working together to supply high-performance, silicon-based materials for photovoltaic cells and modules. The two companies also intend to assess options for developing high-performance building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions for building and construction, focusing on both commercial and residential applications, according to a jointly issued release.

Dow Corning officials say they can provide access to high-quality trichlorosilane, specialized silicon-based materials and supply chain consultancy to support the manufacturing approach developed by Crystal Solar to produce monocrystalline ultra-thin silicon epi-wafers for use in solar panels.

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