INX has begun a $7 million expansion on its Research & Development complex in West Chicago, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed in July 2018 and will more than double the facility’s current space, bringing it to about 56,000 square feet.
The new construction in West Chicago represents continuation of an aggressive, multi-year capital improvements program. INX opened a new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Ohio, in 2015, completed expansion of its metal decorating plant ln Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016, and doubled the size of an existing manufacturing plant in Edwardsville, Kansas, earlier this year.
Since the West Chicago R&D complex opened in 1996, overall activity and the number of chemists working on site has increased dramatically as a result of significant business growth, says Rick Westrom, senior vice president of sourcing and R&D.
“We have experienced sales growth and production in many areas, and a major reason for this expansion is our commitment to global digital efforts,” he says. “A large portion is being dedicated to growing and supporting digital products across all product lines, as well as expanding our energy curable technologies.”
INX currently employs 62 people in West Chicago and will be adding more chemists after the new space becomes available.
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