HOUSTON and THOROFARE, N.J. (Oct 13)—Ausimont USA Inc., the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Ausimont S.p.A. of Milan, Italy, will break ground Oct. 24 on a new facility to house production of the company´s fluoroelastomers. The 20,000-sq.-ft. plant will sit on 243 acres in Thorofare and will neighbor an existing Ausimont facility. The company will hire 100 office and plant specialists in addition to the 200 presently employed in Thorofare. New state-of-the-art chemical reactors, mixers, extruders and packaging equipment also will be purchased. The fluoroelastomer operation will help Ausimont better serve its North American customers "without fear of production shortages or long leadtimes that hamper customer output," the company said.