CAMBRIDGE, Ohio—LMI Custom Mixing L.L.C. is about to get some breathing room.
The manufacturer of polymer compounds is investing $12 million in a 50,000-sq.-ft. addition to its operations in Cambridge. The move also will add a third mixing line, increasing capacity by 50 percent to 60 million pounds of rubber per year.
Construction is in progress and is projected to be complete by the second quarter of 2017. The expansion comes on the heels of a $2 million investment to add a 20,000-sq.-ft. finished products warehouse to the site, which was completed in 2015.
LMI General Manager Jim Nixon said the moves are in response to a significant amount of growth.
“It's not just one industry in particular,” he said. “A lot of our growth has come from our existing customers, so those that are satisfied with the quality and service that they're getting now. They have their own opportunities to expand their own businesses, and we've been able to support them with either an existing material or a new material that they need that we've had to develop to support them. We have some growth that's due to the industries and customers we've served already and also a few new areas we haven't had before. So it's a nice blend.
“We've always been a company that's been very adaptive to our growth and very responsive to our customer needs. That may mean an additional expansion here, an additional expansion elsewhere or growing through partnership or acquisition. We're going to continue to be the type of company that invests back into the business for the long-term needs of our customers.”