Aurora Plastics Completes Texas Facility Expansion
Major renovation includes the installation of state-of-the-art equipment for enhanced capabilities.
STREETSBORO, OH, February 28, 2019– Aurora Plastics, a global leader in PVC compounds headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, unveiled the recent expansion and renovation of their 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in Pasadena, Texas. The investment marks the company’s continued commitment to expanding the services and products offered to customers in the Western and Southern United States and its focus to grow export business.
The renovated plant includes the latest in blending, controls and automation, enabling Aurora Plastics to provide the highest quality compounds and exceptional customer service to an expanded range of customers. The upgrades also include a new lab and product testing capabilities.
The plant will initially produce Aurora Plastics’ rigid PVC product line, AuroraTec™, and will continue to offer bagging and export services. Aurora Plastics sees this site as a strategic location for continued expansion to support customer growth and is evaluating further expansion in flexible PVC compounds and thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).
“Our team in Pasadena embodies Aurora’s mission to be our customers’ first choice in polymer compounds,” says Jeff Conard, senior vice president of operations, Aurora Plastics. “The employees drove this project, providing important insight into many of the renovation opportunities, while continuing to service existing customers.”
“Our Pasadena team did an outstanding job of delivering this important project in a very short period of time. We are excited to introduce this newest facility and its capabilities to our customers,” says Darrell Hughes, chief executive officer, Aurora Plastics.
The company unveiled the renovations with a ceremony on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Attendees included Aurora Plastics board of directors and members of its executive team, including: Conard and Hughes; Matt McDonald, chief financial officer; Matthew Kuwatch, vice president, marketing and business development; and Bill Trask, director of strategic sourcing. Mayor Jeff Wagner of Pasadena, TX, and other city officials also attended.
Aurora Plastics acquired the facility from JPI South in May 2018. Immediately, the company began investing significant capital to upgrade the space, equipment, and technology available, while working with the existing staff, who played a significant role in the renovation. It took approximately 11 months to complete.