Extrusion systems supplier adding 15,000 ft2 for manufacturing in Pawcatuck.

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North America's leading supplier of extrusion machineryis expanding.  Davis-Standard, LLC has announced it will be adding 15,000 ft2 of manufacturing space and hiring more than 30 people over the next two years at Pawcatuck, Conn., its largest global site, which currently employs over 400 people. The expanded facility will house the manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies. It will also enable Davis-Standard to move all blown film manufacturing for its Gloucester Engineering product line from Gloucester, Mass. to Pawcatuck. The addition is slated for completion later this fall.

“As the largest extrusion machinery manufacturer in North America, this expansion is a necessity for our business,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard president and CEO. “Last fall we acquired Gloucester Engineering, which greatly strengthened our blown film product line through resources in sales, engineering and service. Bringing Gloucester’s manufacturing capabilities to our Connecticut site makes sense for several reasons. One of those reasons is to integrate technology; together we are now the largest manufacturer of seven to 11-layer blown film dies. These dies are used for making highly technical multi-layer films used in packaging and pharmaceutical applications. To that regard, this expansion aligns with our mission of offering customers excellent quality, value and customer service. The larger facility will allow us to do that.”

Davis-Standard has operated in Southeast Connecticut since 1848 and is one of the oldest and largest employers in the Southeast Connecticut/Southwest Rhode Island region. The expansion of the Pawcatuck site reinforces the company’s commitment to the local region, the company said. Through its long-standing position as a market leader, it is considered the “Center for Excellence” for Connecticut’s extrusion technology sector. In addition to the Pawcatuck facility, Davis-Standard has manufacturing facilities and subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

“We are pleased that a global leader like Davis-Standard is continuing to expand operations in our area,” said Diana Urban, Connecticut State Representative for North Stonington and Stonington. “Davis-Standard has a long-standing history of employment and profitability that is both unique and valuable to our local economy.”