Structural composites maker Plascore invests $6M in Michigan expansion logo-pn-color logo-pn-color

Composite products manufacturer Plascore Inc. is expanding its headquarters site in Zeeland, Mich., with a $6 million, 80,000-square-foot facility that will create 35 jobs. Founded in 1977, the company produces composite panels and honeycomb cores for the aerospace, building products, ground transportation, marine, military and recreation industries. The panels and cores increase structural strength while decreasing weight. The company is adding capacity to meet demand for projects needing machined aramid fibers and aluminum products. The parts are coated with a heat-resistant phenolic resin and used for boat hulls, race car bodies, aircraft galleys, missile wings and helicopter blades. Olaf Huebner, Plascore’s vice president of operations, told Plastics News that the aerospace industry, in particular, once again is behind the facility investment. Machined aramid fibers are used to produce components for aircraft interiors, structures, engines and nacelles. The expansion comes two years after Plascore spent $6 million to increase its production facility for aerospace components by 73,500 square feet. A hiring spree followed and Plascore’s workforce grew from 300 to 415 employees...

New Website Features Indiana Limestone Company’s Innovative Thin Limestone Construction Panels

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — An innovative, versatile line of thin limestone construction panels from Indiana Limestone Company is detailed in a new website, https://lightlimestone.com. The site provides ample information on the company’s natural stone panels, highlighting their light weight, great strength, and modular versatility. Bonding a veneer of this distinctive limestone to an advanced, high-strength honeycomb backing, the thin limestone panel system expands and enhances the possibilities for using premier Indiana Limestone in architecture and construction. The website explains that Indiana Limestone Company’s panels are 80 percent lighter than solid stone slabs of the same width and length. This difference can enable great savings in structural requirements, labor, shipping, and construction-site equipment. The panels have 60 times the impact resistance of solid slabs they’re produced from. They deliver enhanced flexural strength and weather extreme freeze-thaw cycles well. According to the website, modular construction is another advantage the panels provide. Available in standard-sized units, the panels don’t req...