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Manufacturing plant plans expansion

May 15, 2003|by TAMELA BAKER

tammyb@herald-mail.com

A Williamsport manufacturing plant on Wednesday announced plans to expand, a move expected to result in 12 new full-time jobs next year, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

Engineered Polymer Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp., will expand its facility with 30,000 feet of new manufacturing space and several new holding tanks. The expansion will allow the plant to produce new water-based polymers in addition to the solvent-borne resins it already manufactures.

The company employs 21.

Construction is expected to begin immediately, said Economic Development Director Tim Troxell. The new manufacturing process should be operating by next March.

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Troxell said the company considered relocating instead of expanding its holdings in Williamsport, "so there was the potential to lose them."

He said the company analyzed costs. "I can't tell you we were the lowest cost for them, but they felt better about doing business here based on their past experiences," he said.

Troxell said the EDC had been working with the company since last September to finalize its decision to expand in Washington County.

"Because EPS provides top-notch employment and is a solid community partner, it is important to the county that the company remain competitive in its industry," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said in a statement. "It has been a pleasure assisting the company with its expansion plans, thus preserving quality jobs for the citizens of Washington County."

EPS, founded in 1994, supplies polymers for architectural, industrial and building products. Its other plants are located in Marengo, Kankakee and Rockford, Ill.; Los Angeles and the Netherlands.

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