South Bend, Indiana - - Royal Adhesives and Sealants llc has finished relocating manufacture of its epoxy and urethane adhesive products to its newly expanded South Bend manufacturing and research centre, the company said 26 April. In the move, the company said it has already added nine jobs, and will fill another 12 production, technical and administrative posts in the next year.
The new personnel will support production of its high-performance epoxy and urethane adhesives and electrical encapsulants business.
"By consolidating all of our adhesives production into a single, state of the art plant, we are positioned to be much more efficient and competitive," Ted Clark, chief executive officer of Royal, said, in the company statement, adding thatm "South Bend is a great location for us because we can ship more economically to our customers located throughout the US and Canada."
Indiana as a location also provides attractive investment credit incentives, Clark said.
Since early 2009, Royal has spent more than $4.3 million to expand the South Bend site, adding 8300 sq.ft (770 sq.m) in manufacturing, a 5100-sq.ft product development lab and a 22 500-sq.ft warehouse. The project was completed in less than 14 months, Royal said.
Randy Greenlee, vice president operations noted the value of support from the City of South Bend, St Joseph County and the State of Indiana, in getting permits quickly to "complete the expansion on time and within budget,"
Privately-held Royal Adhesives & Sealants specialises in urethane, epoxy, solvent- and water-based adhesives, sealants, and potting compounds used in a wide range of industrial applications.