Leading Contract Manufacturer Announces Second Expansion in Three Years for Advanced Manufacturing Facility
Vermont Business Magazine In response to its growing medical device business, advanced contract manufacturing and injection molding company GW Plastics, Inc. announced today the expansion of its Royalton, Vermont Manufacturing and Technology Center. GW Plastics has broken ground on a 30,000 ft² expansion to accommodate the growth of its thermoplastic injection molding and medical device contract assembly business.
GW Plastics will be adding a new 13,000 ft² Class 8 cleanroom capable of housing an additional 30 injection molding machines. The expansion also includes an additional 17,000 ft² of warehousing space. GW Plastics expects to add over 30 new jobs and invest over $10,000,000 in construction, new technology, and equipment. The expanded facilities will accommodate immediate growth for GW Plastics’ thermoplastic molding business and will allow the company to expand affiliate GW Silicones’ cleanroom molding operations.
GW Plastics 3-D steel printer.
GW Plastics first established its Royalton, VT facilities in the late 1980s with the relocation and expansion of its Mold-Making Division, followed by its Process Development Center. GW Plastics further expanded its Royalton site with a thermoplastic molding facility in 1999 and silicone molding facility in 2008. Today’s announcement marks the fifth expansion in Royalton since GW relocated and expanded its Mold-Making Division. GW Plastics Royalton was the company’s fourth thermoplastic molding facility to launch after its headquarters in nearby Bethel, VT and advanced operations in San Antonio, TX and Tucson, AZ.
GW Plastics has grown their manufacturing footprint in Royalton into the company’s main Manufacturing and Technology Center. Today the 24-acre campus houses GW Plastics’ Product Development Center, Process Development and Training Centers, Mold-Making Division, GW Plastics Royalton molding facility, and GW Silicones. The Manufacturing and Technology Center houses some of GW Plastics’ most sophisticated technology, including 3D printers for plastic and steel as well as robotically-assisted injection molding and contract manufacturing. With the latest expansion, the Manufacturing and Technology Center will cover 90,000 ft² of advanced manufacturing space.
Automation in Royalton.
This expansion comes soon after news of another expansion at GW Plastics’ Sligo, Ireland facility. GW established its first European location with the purchase of Avenue Mould Solutions in 2017, and announced in February with Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar an expansion in response to increased demand in its medical device and drug delivery business. Both expansions in Ireland and Vermont will enhance GW Plastics’ precision mold-making, advanced injection molding, and contract manufacturing capabilities around the world. GW Plastics is one of the few companies who can provide this wide of an array of advanced manufacturing capabilities on three continents.
“On the heels of a major expansion in Ireland, we are delighted to announce this expansion in our home state of Vermont, reaffirming our commitment to growing in Vermont and the United States while serving the needs of our customers globally,” stated Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of GW Plastics. “We are proud of our team and our history of consistent growth in Vermont and around the world.”
The world’s leading healthcare, automotive, and filtration companies trust GW Plastics to deliver their most challenging projects. For more information on how GW Plastics can address your manufacturing needs, please visit their booth #1715 at the MD&M East 2019 tradeshow in NYC this June 11-13.
Artist rendering of expanded plant. Images courtesy of GW plastics.
About GW Plastics:
Founded in 1955, GW Plastics has earned a reputation as an industry leader in precision tooling, injection molding, and contract manufacturing serving the world’s most successful companies in the healthcare, automotive safety-critical, and filtration markets. Specializing in complex injection molded thermoplastic and silicone solutions, GW Plastics excels at close tolerance mold building, precision injection molding, and contract manufacturing. With leading-edge technologies, a Six Sigma quality commitment, and a relentless pursuit of innovation, GW Plastics continues to attract and partner with market leaders who seek consistency of ownership, financial stability, professional leadership, business integrity, a high-tech standardized global manufacturing platform, and a highly-trained and experienced workforce.
Headquartered in Bethel, Vermont, the company’s standardized ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 16949, and FDA-registered, 21 CFR Part 820 compliant manufacturing facilities are located in Bethel and Royalton, Vermont; Grantham, NH; San Antonio, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Querétaro, Mexico; Dongguan, China; and Sligo, Ireland. GW is a Plastics News’ Processor of the Year and Sustained Excellence award winner.
Source: GW Plastics. Bethel, VT. 5.23.2019. For more information, visit their website.