Argotec Unveils New World Headquarters and
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
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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