Lubrizol opened its new drumming facility and warehouse in Painesville Township, Ohio, as part of the Wickliffe, Ohio-based companys five year, $100 million investment plan announced in April 2015. The combined 180,000 square foot facilities cost $70 million.
More than half of all Lubrizol additives products worldwide [contain] at least one component manufactured at the Painesville Township site, the press release said. Increased manufacturing capacity and updated automated packaging capabilities should improve the efficiency and consistency of these components, the company said.
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The new drum filling facility will minimize the manual packaging of drums, reducing packaging time for a single batch by more than 50 percent and minimizing the number of times a drum is handled by more than 70 percent, said Lubrizol Painesville Township Plant Manager Craig Hupp. The new warehouse will allow all products to be stored indoors. Lubrizols new warehouse began shipping products on Oct. 2, with start-up at the drumming facility underway.
Future investments in the plant will include improvements and expansion for new intermediates and viscosity modifier technology at the plant, said Maureen Morreale, Lubrizols communications manager, in an interview.