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NC Groundbreaking Held for AkzoNobel Work

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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A groundbreaking ceremony took place earlier this month at AkzoNobel’s North American Wood Coatings facility at High Point, North Carolina, to kick off the company’s 50 million euro ($55.4 million) investment to upgrade the facility.

Originally announced in April, the changes include reorganizing manufacturing operations, the addition of automatic dosing unit technology to produce paint more efficiently, a new raw materials warehouse, a research lab and a technical application center.

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A groundbreaking ceremony took place earlier this month at AkzoNobel’s North American Wood Coatings facility at High Point, North Carolina, to kick off the company’s 50 million euro ($55.4 million) investment to upgrade the facility.

“This is a significant investment, which will further enable us to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” said AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker at the time of the announcement. “The U.S.is a key market for our Wood Coatings business, and our customers trust us to deliver world-class products and services.

“Investing in High Point will increase our comprehensive North American supply capability for wood finishes, which also includes our plants in Roanoke, Virginia; Salem, Oregon; Warwick, Quebec; and Port Hope, Ontario. It will enable us to remain ahead of market trends, so we can continue to provide the visionary service our customers have come to expect—and it will solidify our position as a frontrunner in the wood coatings industry.”

Known as the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World,” High Point has been home to AkzoNobel’s U.S. wood coatings activities since 1955. Covering 37 acres, it produces a wide range of products to serve the furniture, flooring and building products segments, as well as the company’s Chemcraft distributors.

“Global companies that do business in North Carolina time and again choose to expand their footprint here,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. “High Point has long been a manufacturing hub and area workers are ready to ramp up production to support AkzoNobel’s reinvestment plan.”

Construction is now scheduled for completion in 2021, with rolling projects underway.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Wood coatings

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