CLEVELAND—Portage Precision Polymers Inc. has opened a new compounding plant and headquarters in Mogadore, Ohio, to move into the custom silicone mixing field.
The custom rubber compounder's new facility gives the company 20 million pounds of custom silicone compounding capacity. The site also houses a full-service research laboratory for silicone testing and development, President and CEO Doug Hartley said at the International Elastomer Conference and Exposition, held Oct. 7-10 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
Portage Precision's second factory features a 200 gallon Sigma Blade Tilt mixer and 2TE Twin Screw Dump extruder for small and large batch mixing, according to Plant Manager Erick Sharp.
The site's research operation is staffed with silicone technical specialists to provide silicone compound development and manufacturing for customers, Hartley said. The firm "has enjoyed strong market share in the custom compounding extrusion market in the U.S. for more than a decade," he said.
Hartley said the company is leveraging that market position, "along with our vast compounding experience and R&D capabilities, to expand into the silicone elastomer custom mixing markets in North America."