Argotec Unveils New World Headquarters and Manufacturing Operation
September 17, 2009

Bruce Wilby, president and chief executive officer of Greenfield, Mass.-based Argotec Inc., unveiled the company's new 95,000 square foot world headquarters and manufacturing plant. The addition increases the company's total operation at the Greenfield Industrial Park to more than 150,000 square feet.

"The new plant provides not only increased capacity and improved quality for existing customers, but also permits us additional flexibility to explore new markets and applications," says Wilby. "It will create greater efficiencies throughout our entire production process, letting us focus more of our resources on research and development."

Company co-founder and co-chairman Steve Wolkenbreit adds, "We purchased the building from GBI Realty Inc., the real-estate arm of Yankee Candle Company in Deerfield, Mass. They used it as a 65,000 square feet distribution warehouse. We expanded the office portion and added 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space on the back end to make room for what is today the cleanest, most modern, polyurethane film extrusion operation in the world."

According to the company's announcement, the new plant will house 11 extrusion lines, two blown film and nine flat-die. Seven of the flat-die lines are used for aliphatic TPU film production and will be housed in an 8,000-square-foot hard walled clean room, with each individual extrusion line additionally enclosed in its own Class 10,000 soft walled clean room environment. Much of the production from these extrusion lines will be used as optical interlayer films for bonding glass and polycarbonate into high-strength, impact-resistant, laminated glass composites.

To support its new facility, the company will convert its Greenfield Street plant to raw material and finished goods storage. It will also rededicate its Adams Road operation as a stand-alone research and development center with its own, dedicated technical staff.

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