LAVONIA, Ga.—Latexco U.S. unveiled plans for a new western production facility during an open house celebrating the recently completed expansion to its Lavonia facility Nov. 8.
The company invested $12 million to expand the 175,000-sq.-ft. Lavonia plant, which includes installation of its Pulse latex line, according to a Latexco news release. The line is produced with the SonoCore process, using radio frequency technology and dielectric heating for energy reduction and more eco-friendly manufacturing.
In the opening statements, Latexco U.S. CEO Ben Ducatteeuw said the new western production facility, to be located in Phoenix, would double Latexco's size and capacity. It will produce polyurethane and latex foam, and serve as the hub for Latexco's fulfillment services. The addition of polyurethane foam production capabilities will significantly increase product assortment and service options to customers, he said.
The expansion, which includes new equipment to increase foam fabrication services, is expected to be completed and in full operation by the first quarter of 2019, he said.
The event's opening ceremony included statements from Ducatteeuw, Brent Limer, Latexco chief sales officer; Bob Carstens, Latexco chief operating officer; and Ryan Trainer, president of International Sleep Products Association. William De Baets, consul of Belgium in Atlanta, attended to the event, and Lavonia Mayor Ralph Owens led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
After a tour, guests were served a product showcase, cocktail reception and dinner.