Kuraray Expands Poval Facilities
with New Houston-Area Facility
Kuraray is constructing a new plant in La Porte, Texas,
that will manufacture Poval resins. The plant is expected to have a production
capacity of more than 40,000 tons in its first phase and operations are
slated to begin in early 2015. Kuraray plans to add an additional 107
jobs over the next two years to the Houston Bay Area.\
According to the announcement, with the new plant, the
company will be able to supply Poval to customers with global needs and
provide the ability to second source materials from its own facilities
to meet the increasing demand.
Wasco Opens Reno
Wells, Maine-based Wasco Skylight Products Inc. opened a new 57,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility in Reno, Nev. The facility will produce both standard
and custom skylights for the commercial and residential markets, and expands
the company’s distribution west of the Rocky Mountains. Wasco will continue
to make its own vinyl extrusions for skylight frames in Maine and ship
them to Reno for assembly.
Plant manager Michael Jones and customer service representative
Jeff Binette have relocated to Nevada.
Dow Corning, Crystal Solar
Develop PV Solutions
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Corning and Santa Clara, Calif.-based
Crystal Solar, a solar energy venture company, are working together to
supply high-performance, silicon-based materials for photovoltaic cells
and modules. The two companies also intend to assess options for developing
high-performance building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions for
building and construction, focusing on both commercial and residential
applications, according to a jointly issued release.
Dow Corning officials say they can provide access to high-quality
trichlorosilane, specialized silicon-based materials and supply chain
consultancy to support the manufacturing approach developed by Crystal
Solar to produce monocrystalline ultra-thin silicon epi-wafers for use
in solar panels.
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