WYANDOTTE, Mich. (Nov. 17) — BASF Corp. has created a subsidiary, BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises L.L.C., to manage all activities related to its spray-applied polyurethane foams in the U.S.
The new unit will operate out of the firm´s Minneapolis facility previously owned by Foam Enterprises L.L.C., which BASF purchased in March last year. Joel Johnson has been appointed general manager of the new unit, with effect from Jan. 1, 2006. He succeeds Dennis Holbert, who has elected to retire.
The move "concludes the phased restructuring of BASF´s Polyurethane Systems business unit," BASF said, adding it will close its spray-applied foam product development facility in Cartersville, Ga., by February.
BASF previously announced the closure of its PU systems production facility in Carrollton, Texas, by mid-2006, and has also closed its foam sales and training support facility in Hudson Falls, N.Y. The BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises sites in Minneapolis and Houston will absorb business activities previously based at these locations, the firm said.
The move is part of BASF´s restructuring program in North America, which aims to reduce fixed costs through a broad range of projects designed to optimize business and site operations, the firm´s statement said.
BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises will market BASF´s SPF product line under its current trademarks and formulations, including Elastospray SPF roofing, the Walltite insulating air barrier system for industrial/ commercial/institutional applications, the Enertite insulating air-barrier system for residential applications, and Zerodraft sealants for "hard-to-build" areas, the statement said.
The new unit also will continue to market the Foam Enterprises product lines, including FEcoat roofing systems, SprayTite commercial insulation systems, Comfort Foam residential systems and AmeriGlue adhesives.