Bluestar Silicones, a global integrated silicones supplier for PV applications and other industries, plans to officially open its new manufacturing and research and development (R&D) center in York, S.C., June 15.
As part of its five-year strategic growth plan, the company has relocated its two U.S. manufacturing facilities in Ventura, Calif. and Rock Hill, S.C., to a 226,000 square-foot building situated on 21.5 acres in York.
The York facility will become the central R&D center for Bluestar Silicones in North America, bringing R&D personnel together under one roof. The larger manufacturing workshops and laboratory facilities and new pilot equipment are expected to improve technical synergies and accelerate product development and support.
The company also intends to increase staffing in sales, marketing and technical service. Employment is projected to increase 25% in the next two years at the York facility.