Royal Adhesives and Sealants LLC has completed the relocation of its epoxy and urethane adhesive product line to its newly expanded South Bend manufacturing and research center. This expansion has already added nine jobs, with another 12 production, technical and administrative positions to be filled over the next 12 months in South Bend.  The new staff will support the production of its high-performance epoxy and urethane adhesives and electrical encapsulants business. 

“The completion of this project is a major milestone for the company. By consolidating all of our adhesives production into a single state-of-the-art plant, we are positioned to be much more efficient and competitive,” CEO Ted Clark said.  “Further, South Bend is a great location for us because we can ship more economically to our customers located throughout the United States and Canada, and it provides attractive investment credit incentives to build our business into the future.”

Since the announcement of its relocation plans in February of 2009, Royal has spent over $4.3 million on the expansion of the South Bend site with the addition of an 8,300-square-foot manufacturing area, a 5,100-square-foot product development lab and a 22,500-square-foot warehouse. The project was completed in less than 14 months, from the time of the initial corporate decision to full production.

“We received a great deal of support from the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County and the State of Indiana, enabling us to move through the permitting process quickly and complete the expansion on time and within budget,” said Randy Greenlee, vice president of Operations. “In addition, we were able to utilize local contractors for the construction and installation of the new production and laboratory equipment.”

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