Portage Precision Polymers Inc. has expanded into silicone mixing with the addition of a new plant, machinery, personnel and greater expertise.
The custom rubber compounder, which operates a 179,000-sq.-ft. factory in Ravenna, Ohio, opened a silicone mixing facility in nearby Mogadore, Ohio, that spans 17,680 square feet and gives the company 20 million pounds of custom silicone compounding capacity annually. The site houses a full-service research laboratory for silicone testing and development.
Portage Precision relocated its headquarters to Mogadore from Ravenna because it has ideal office space available and the move frees up needed space at the Ravenna complex, President and CEO Doug Hartley said at the International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland.
The Mogadore site features a 200 gallon Sigma Blade Tilt mixer and 2TE Twin Screw Dump extruder for small and large batch mixing, Plant Manager Erick Sharp said. Its research operation is staffed with silicone technical specialists to provide silicone compound development and manufacturing for customers.
Combined, the Mogadore and Ravenna facilities employ about 75. The company currently serves industries such as agriculture, construction, oil and gas, railroad, automotive and piping, and the addition of its silicone line may expand that base.