Gelest Inc. has announced the completion of the final phase of a multi-year project to double the capacity of its Morrisville, PA, headquarters and production plant, which was necessitated by the increased world demand for specialty silane and metal organic molecules used in a range of applications.
The expansion will allow the company to produce more products at larger volumes, and its new state-of-the-art surface treatment operation will target the modification of micro-particles.
“The plant expansion effectively more than doubles reactor capacity and adds new capability in ultra-high-viscosity polymerization and micro-particle surface modification,” said Matt Edison, Silicones business manager and project manager of the expansion. “QC and bulk storage have also been expanded to support the new capacity. The expansion increases the physical size of the plant to 55,000 sq. ft., and the facility now fully occupies seven acres on the 21-acre site, leaving space for additional future expansion.”