Thermoplastic fantastic: Sekisui SPI opens third facility


Sekisui Polymer Innovations, LLC (formerly known as Kydex) has picked up the keys to a third manufacturing facility, a 375,000 square foot building set on 56 acres in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, located two miles from company headquarters. The thermoplastic sheet manufacturer’s other facility is the former Allen Extruders, LLC site located in Holland, Michigan.

“This expansion is part of our commitment to further invest in the Kydex and Allen thermoplastic products portfolio. It is one of the reasons we merged the two businesses to become Sekisui SPI in 2014,” COO and president Ronn Cort explained. “This is the next step of Sekisui Chemical Company’s multi-year, multi-million dollar investment strategy into the North American plastics business.”

Cort continued, “As an US$11 billion global company, Sekisui has choices of locations and industries in which to invest. Strengthening our position in Pennsylvania is a direct reflection of our confidence in the North American plastics manufacturing renaissance. SPI is now well-positioned to make long-term investments in our customers, markets, employees, and communities while continuously improving our commitment to customer service, responsiveness, quality, innovation, design, and color.”

This purchase prepares SPI to expand product lines, production assets, and development plans into other global growth markets. The two other locations will continue to expand and operate 24/7 to support the ongoing growth of their customers and markets.

The company will continue to expand its designLab and FSTLab in response to increasing demand for customer collaboration early in the design process.

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