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Bluestar Silicones expanding U.S. manufacturing, R&D in Charlotte, NC

Bluestar Silicones USA (East Brunswick, NJ) says it will acquire a large manufacturing facility in Charlotte, NC to expand its North American manufacturing and R&D operations, and will relocate its current manufacturing operations in Ventura, CA and Rock Hill, SC to the new site by mid-2013.

PlasticsToday Staff

February 28, 2011

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Bluestar Silicones expanding U.S. manufacturing, R&D in Charlotte, NC

Bluestar Silicones USA (East Brunswick, NJ) says it will acquire a large manufacturing facility in Charlotte, NC to expand its North American manufacturing and R&D operations, and will relocate its current manufacturing operations in Ventura, CA and Rock Hill, SC to the new site by mid-2013.

The Charlotte complex consists of 147,000 ft2 under roof situated on 19.4 acres of land. Bluestar Silicones, which was established in 2007 when China National Bluestar Corp. acquired Rhodia Silicones, says the new site, a former textile chemicals factory, provides growing room needed to support its global five-year strategic plan to become a leader in the silicones sector.

Bluestar Silicones will buy this facility in Charlotte, NC to provide growing room for its R&D and for manufacturing functions currently in California and South Carolina.

"In addition," says J. Christopher York, president of Bluestar Silicones North America, "this investment will greatly improve our day-to-day operational efficiencies to become even more responsive to market needs." The company intends to increase its staff in sales, marketing, and technical service, with employment projected to rise 25% at Charlotte in the next two years.

Existing manufacturing workshops will begin to be transitioned into the Charlotte site towards the end of this year. The company will use the opportunity to add a range of operational improvements to its processes, including statistical control and automated machinery wherever possible.

According to York, new process equipment will be purchased and installed at the new site for more localized manufacturing to support growth in key markets. Bulk storage capability at the new site is expected to improve efficiency and assure raw material feedstock supply.

The company says this investment will bring together R&D personnel from the Ventura and Rock Hill sites in a larger R&D laboratory space, while new pilot equipment and increased staffing will offer customers better technical responsiveness and support faster product development. 

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