Latexco US added a 75,000 sqf facility to its 100,000 sqfplant and headquarters in Lavonia, Georgia, a move that will enable it to double its production capacity for both polyurethane foam and its flagship latex products, the company said.
Those foam products, offered in a number of designs, provide the comfort and support in mattresses, pillows and toppers sold around the country.
The multimillion dollar expansion included the installation of Latexco’s newly branded Pulse latex line, produced with the company’s patented SonoCore process, which uses radio frequency technology and dielectric heating instead of conventional steam heating and drying for significant energy reduction and a more eco-friendly manufacturing process.
The new SonoCore line is next to the company’s long-running Dunlop process latex pouring line, which rolls out 380 feet of latex that is then cut into a variety of products for the bedding industry.
The expanded facility also includes s roll-packing equipment that quickly turns finished latex beds into boxed beds. The machinery pushes the compressed and rolled mattresses right into the boxes.
The company showed off its new facilities with an industry open house that attracted about 140 customers, suppliers, and local officials.
Ben Ducatteeuw, CEO of Latexco US, hosted the event and talked about the company’s commitment to boosting its capacity and service to support its growing roster of bedding customers.
His presentation included the announcement of a big move the company is making in the West, where it is relocating its California facility to a new plant in Phoenix that will go online at the end of the first quarter next year.
The expansions in the West and the East are part of a US$12 million investment that Latexco US is making in its operations, an investment that shows how serious the producer is about growing its business and boosting its service capabilities.