In response to our growing medical device business, GW Plastics is proud to announce the expansion of our Royalton, Vermont Manufacturing and Technology Center. We plan to break ground later this month on a 21,000 square foot expansion – scalable to 50,000 square feet — to accommodate the additional growth of our Thermoplastic and Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) injection molding and medical device contract assembly business. The expansion will also allow for improved workforce training and development facilities at our Technical and Training Center, where we conduct scientific injection molding training and manufacturing classes for our employees, customers, and local area high schools.
When complete, the expansion will be capable of housing an additional 30 thermoplastic and LSR injection molding machines and an enlarged Class 8 cleanroom for our affiliate, GW Silicones. GW Plastics expects to add over 70 jobs and invest over $10,000,000 in real estate and equipment over the next 3 to 5 years, responsive to customer demand. “In a year that marks GW Plastics’ 60th anniversary, we are delighted to announce this expansion reaffirming our commitment to growing in Vermont while serving the needs of our customers globally,” stated Brenan Riehl, President and CEO.
The State of Vermont offered a variety of incentives to assist us with this expansion. “We are delighted to partner with GW Plastics for this critical expansion,” commented Vermont’s Commerce Secretary Patricia Moulton. “GW Plastics continues to thrive in Vermont due to superb management and workforce. We look forward to another 60 years of growth for this advanced manufacturer.”
In the last year, GW Plastics has completed expansions in our Bethel, Vermont; Tucson, Arizona; and Dongguan, China facilities. We also plan to expand our San Antonio, Texas facility in 2016 as we continue to grow in the southwest with leading medical device and automotive safety critical customers.