Davis-Standard officially opened a 15,000-square-foot addition to its Pawcatuck, Connecticut, facility on July 17, launching a space that will house manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies and marking the move of such manufacturing operations from its Gloucester, Massachusetts, facility.
A formal ribbon cutting ceremony marked the occasion, and was attended by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Economic Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban, Connecticut State Senator Heather Somers, Stonington Second Selectman Mike Spellman and more than 400 employees.
“The facility addition is the culmination of our vision to bring world-class blown film die production to Pawcatuck,” says Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard president and CEO. “All Davis-Standard blown film die technology is now integrated under one roof, making us one of the largest manufacturers of 7- to 11-layer blown film dies in the world. These dies are used for making highly technical multi-layer films used in packaging and pharmaceutical applications, which are high-demand markets for us.”
Davis-Standard has operated in Southeast Connecticut since 1848 and is one of the oldest employers in the Southeast Connecticut/Southwest Rhode Island region. The expansion will bring more than 30 new manufacturing jobs to the site over two years.
The expansion of the Pawcatuck site reinforces the company’s commitment to the local region. 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.