After Ireland, GW Plastics expands Vermont facility to meet demand for medical molding and assembly

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The Royalton facility houses some of GW Plastics’ most sophisticated technologies, including 3D printers for plastic and steel as well as robot-assisted injection molding.

In response to its growing medical device business, advanced contract manufacturing and injection molding company GW Plastics Inc. (Bethel, VT) announced the expansion of its Manufacturing and Technology Center in Royalton, VT. GW Plastics has broken ground on a 30,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate the growth of its thermoplastic injection molding and medical device contract assembly business.

GW Plastics will add a new 13,000-square-foot Class 8 cleanroom capable of housing an additional 30 injection molding machines. The expansion also includes an additional 17,000 square feet of warehousing space. GW Plastics expects to add more than 30 new jobs and invest over $10 million in construction, new technology and equipment.

The expanded facility will accommodate immediate growth for GW Plastics’ thermoplastic molding business and will allow the company to expand affiliate GW Silicones’ cleanroom molding operations.

GW Plastics first established its Royalton facilities in the late 1980s with the relocation and expansion of its Mold-Making Division, followed by its Process Development Center. The company further expanded its Royalton site with a thermoplastic molding plant in 1999 and silicone molding facility in 2008.  

This announcement marks the fifth expansion in Royalton. GW Plastics Royalton was the company’s fourth thermoplastic molding facility to launch after its headquarters in nearby Bethel, VT, and advanced operations in San Antonio, TX, and Tucson, AZ.

GW Plastics is an exhibitor at the co-located PLASTEC East and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East event in New York on June 11 to 13. Stop by booth 1715 and say hello. The event is part of the largest annual design and advanced manufacturing trade show and conference on the east coast. Visit the event website for more information and to register to attend.

GW Plastics has grown its manufacturing footprint in Royalton into the company’s main Manufacturing and Technology Center. Today the 24-acre campus houses GW Plastics’ Product Development Center, Process Development and Training Centers, Mold-Making Division, GW Plastics Royalton molding facility and GW Silicones. The Manufacturing and Technology Center houses some of GW Plastics’ most sophisticated technologies, including 3D printers for plastic and steel as well as robot-assisted injection molding and contract manufacturing. With the latest expansion, the Manufacturing and Technology Center will cover 90,000 square feet of advanced manufacturing space.

The company also recently announced another expansion at its Sligo, Ireland, facility. GW established its first European location with the purchase of Avenue Mould Solutions in 2017, and announced in February of this year an expansion in response to increased demand in its medical device and drug-delivery business. Both expansions in Ireland and Vermont will enhance GW Plastics’ precision mold making, advanced injection molding and contract manufacturing capabilities around the world.

“On the heels of a major expansion in Ireland, we are delighted to announce this expansion in our home state of Vermont, reaffirming our commitment to growing in Vermont and the United States while serving the needs of our customers globally,” stated Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of GW Plastics. “We are proud of our team and our history of consistent growth in Vermont and around the world.”

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