Eastman Chemical Company to Invest $11.7 M in Manufacturing Plant

May 31st, 2017 by Katherine Coig

Eastman Chemical Company has announced its plans to expand its performance films manufacturing capacity in Martinsville, Va., by way of an $11.7 million investment. This is in addition to its $40 million investment announced in September 2013.

The capacity expansion is expected to be complete in late 2017 and will increase capacity for both paint protection films (PPF) and window films with the addition of a new equipment line, according to the company.

The expansion marks the company’s largest film expansion to date, and it is expected to create 15 new jobs for the Martinsville Henry County community.

“This expansion positions Eastman to meet the great growth in demand for window and paint protection films we’re seeing from our customers around the world,” said Travis Smith, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s performance films business. “This investment further solidifies Eastman’s commitment to the window and paint protection films markets and to making our manufacturing site in Henry County a state-of-the-art facility that produces … quality films products.”

This news follows the recent launch of the company’s next generation PPF products.

“We see exciting growth potential for our portfolio of films and our dealer network,” said Darrell Reed, performance films commercial director for Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are making these investments in product innovation, manufacturing capacity, and marketing and support services to help our customers provide high-quality products to meet the needs of consumers and ultimately to allow our customers to further differentiate and grow their business.”

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