Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, celebrated the Grand Opening of Line 44, a new state-of-the-art polycarbonate line, with a two-day event on April 30th
and May1st. This new line will add the ability to produce optical, security and containment grade products, and sheets
or coils up to 104” wide untrimmed.
Palram began the celebration with a cocktail reception and dinner at the historical Hotel Bethlehem on April 30th. Various products made from polycarbonate were placed in a grand display. On May 1st
, guests were then
treated to breakfast and an informative presentation at the Hotel Bethlehem on the history of Palram, plans for the future, and the capabilities and potential directions for growth with Line 44. Speakers included Arnon Eshed, CEO of Palram Industries, Ron Dvir, President and CEO of Palram Americas, Mike Howser, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing, and Tim Cronrath, Flat Sheet Product Manager.
Guests were then transported to Palram Americas in Kutztown, PA for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon. A champagne toast was given while Matt Ehrig, Project Engineer at Palram Americas, cut the ribbon flanked by Ron Dvir and Mike Howser. During lunch, U. S. Representative Charlie Dent arrived and spoke on the value of Palram as a local employer.
After lunch, guests were given a tour of the polycarbonate plant and bused to the adjacent building to for the PVC plant tour. Palram commemorated the event with gift bags for all guests featuring an assortment of local treats, along with Palram swag.
This new line is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened the polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, over the ensuing years, built two large additions to the original plant, and in 2007, added an entire PVC manufacturing facility. Initial plans for the most technologically-advanced line in the Palram family began in October 2010, the infrastructure construction started in April 2011, with assembly of the line beginning in October 2011, production trials in December 2011, and Line 44 was finally completed with the installation of the clean room in March 2012.
Capabilities of this latest addition include up to 15mm thick general purpose polycarbonate sheet, co-extruded UV (1 or 2 sides), sign-grade sheets and coils, clear, whites and colors, fire-rated sheets and high optics sheets.
Line 44 will also help to create 40 new jobs and to assist in retaining 202 current positions. Palram has won The Morning Call’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2009 and 2011 for the “Best Place to Work – Manufacturing.”