NOVI, Mich.—Toronto-based Siltech Corp. plans to start up an expansion to its silicone surfactants business this spring, Sales Manager Henry Perek said during Foam Expo, held Feb. 28-March 2 in Novi.
Siltech plans to start up eight stainless steel 6,000-gallon capacity reactors and another 10,000-gallon reactor for hydro silicates. The new reactors will complement the existing two 10,000-gallon reactors, and will enable the company to make surfactants for rigid and flexible foam, without danger of contamination between the two types, Perek said.
He added that his firm is moving into surfactants for flexible foam, while retaining its base business in rigid foam surfactants.
Perek said 2016 had ended well and 2017 had started "with booming optimism," which has grown since the election of President Donald J. Trump. Perek added that building owners had been delaying repairing properties, but now are more willing to spend money.
Founded in 1987, Siltech employs 130 people at two sites in Canada.