CLEVELAND—Soucy Techno Inc. invested about $35.3 million into an expansion of its facility to increase its custom mixing abilities and patented a new compound.
The expansion includes adding 80,000 square feet across two floors, bringing the Sherbrooke, Quebec, facility's total up to 180,000 square feet, Mary-Ann McCarron, sales and product development manager, said at the recent International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland.
The expanded area contains a temperature-controlled area for raw materials. It also includes a 270L internal mixer, giving Soucy three mixers to work with, she said. The company has a second 270L internal mixer and an 11D mixer.
Within the last year, Soucy has hired about 60 new employees, related to the expansion and growing business, McCarron said. About 10-12 of those hires were connected directly to the new development, adding a third shift. Of those 60 new hires, most came from the Elastomer Valley's training program. Soucy Techno has been a member of the Elastomer Valley group of rubber companies in Quebec that works together on development programs since its formation.
Soucy currently has about 200 employees, including a research and development department staffed with 12 chemists, McCarron said.
The firm patented a new rubber compound called Soucyprene, which incorporates Kevlar aramid fibers and nanotube technology to strengthen the compound. The material, which completed its development four years ago, came about in response to military requirements for continuous track pads.