PAWCATUCK, Conn.—Davis-Standard L.L.C. hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of a 15,000-sq.-ft. addition to its Pawcatuck facility July 17. The new space houses manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies, enabling the company to move all blown film manufacturing from Gloucester, Mass., to Pawcatuck.
The dies are used for making highly technical multi-layer films for packaging and pharmaceutical applications, which are high-demand markets for Davis-Standard, according to a statement from Jim Murphy, president and CEO for Davis-Standard.
The expansion also is expected to bring more than 30 new manufacturing jobs to the site throughout the next two years.
During the event, Murphy welcomed Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy; Catherine Smith, commissioner for the state's Department of Economic Community Development; Connecticut State Rep. Diana Urban; Connecticut State Sen. Heather Somers; Stonington Second Selectman Mike Spellman and more than 400 employees.
Facility tours followed the ribbon-cutting.
"The facility addition is the culmination of our vision to bring world-class blown film die production to Pawcatuck," Murphy said. "All Davis-Standard blown film die production technology is now integrated under one roof, making us one of the largest manufacturers of seven to 11-layer blown film dies in the world."
The expanded facility is an example of the company's committment to the Pawcatuck community, where Davis-Standard also has its headquarters community. According to the firm, the facility is considered the "Center for Excellence" for Connecticut's extrusion technology sector.
In addition to the Pawcatuck facility, Davis-Standard has manufacturing facilities and subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe and Asia.