NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (Nov. 12, 2012)—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is expanding its plant in Northborough almost two-fold and plans to relocate its Hudson, Mass., operation to the facility.
About 45,000 square feet is being added to the existing Northborough site, which currently houses TSS Trelleborg Aerospace, a producer of precision airframe seals for engine manufacturers and major airframers, a company spokeswoman said.
The expansion boosts the size of the factory, located in a large industrial park, about 40 percent from its approximately 100,000 square feet.
The cost of the project is estimated at about $7.3 million. The company did not say what it will do with the Hudson facility.
Once work on the expansion is complete, expected in the first quarter of 2013, the manufacturer will relocate its life sciences business from the 30,000-sq.-ft. Hudson plant to the Northborough addition, she said.
It will be named TSS Northborough-Life Sciences and continue to operate as a stand-alone business, according to the spokeswoman.
While she did not supply employee figures, the spokeswoman said the entire work force at the Hudson facility will relocate to the expanded Northborough site, located about 20 minutes from Hudson.
A business unit of Trelleborg A.B., Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is making the move to expand the operation's capabilities and capacity. It also will broaden the operation's footprint in the North American life sciences industry.
TSS Northborough-Life Sciences will produce a variety of silicone products for original equipment manufacturers and end users in the industry, including the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and patient care segments.
The new plant also will expand the company's precision liquid molding capabilities using silicone, and include clean room production operations.
“It's not just (about) expanding capacity, but also bringing expertise in liquid injection molding with liquid silicone rubber from our Switzerland facility to the U.S.,” according to James Hederman, product manager for Life Sciences in North America. “Trelleborg's drive is to broaden its serviceability and product offering in North America.”
He said the addition will make the plant one of the most technically advanced facilities, featuring full automation, in the U.S.
Maintaining a strong presence in North America is critical to the life sciences operation, Hederman said. “Much of the R&D within life sciences is brought to market via North America and the U.S. However, the need within the life sciences industry is global.
“As a result, Trelleborg has seen the need to have the most technically advanced international facilities to address this marketplace. We have facilities in Switzerland, China, Bulgaria and Spain.”
Like the Hudson plant, the expanded Northborough site will continue to be an FDA, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered site and will have an ISO 7 and 8 clean room, the spokeswoman said. In addition, it plans to expand its quality certification to include ISO 13485, she said.