NuSil Technology LLC, a Carpinteria, Calif.-based producer of silicone materials, has completed the fourth stage of expansion at its facility in Bakersfield, Calif. The newest building is NuSil’s fourth building on the 15-acre campus, and is part of a multi-year plan to expand to a total of seven buildings.
“The expansion at Bakersfield is a long-term strategic decision for NuSil to help facilitate and maintain the growth of the company,” said Scott Mraz, president and chief financial officer of NuSil, at the opening ceremony on Nov. 10. “Our goal is to increase capacity with the best available manufacturing technology, and we have made significant investments in new energy-efficient buildings and processes to accomplish this goal.” Approximately 150 NuSil employees and guests were in attendance at the ceremony.
This newest building totals 35,000 square feet and will primarily be occupied by quality assurance (QA) and an enlarged QA testing laboratory, providing extended floor space for research and development (R&D) at another onsite location. The intent is to more than double the footprint of R&D to enhance the continued development of new siloxane technology. Siloxane is a compound that can be used in lubricants, molded lenses for high-powered light emitting diodes, and other products. In addition, the building will serve as a corporate center for the Bakersfield facility’s human resources and engineering departments.
NuSil recently broke ground on the fifth phase of the expansion, with two new buildings and an additional 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space scheduled to be completed in 2013 and 2015. These buildings are hoped to increase production capacity to support growing demands across all of NuSil’s business units.