Web Industries, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer, is adding 20,000 square feet to its Denton facility to accommodate the growing demand for its materials.
The 50-year-old company makes multilayer insulation, which helps keep expensive equipment like satellites and MRI machines at a steady temperature. The company also does composite ply cutting and kitting for things like jet engines.
The two-phase $1.5 million project will be completed in 2020. The expansion is fueled by growth in the market of satellites, and this will help meet increased needs, said Kevin Young, vice president for corporate development.
“There’s a huge increase in demand now with the space race — it’s not just NASA anymore,” Young said. “We have companies launching satellites all the time and at a much higher frequency going up, so that’s one of the reasons for the expansion.”
The first phase of project is adding 10,000 square feet for production, cutting and assembly of the multilayer insulation blankets. This section is adding new automated cutting tables and industrial sewing machines to help improve and streamline processes, Young said.
The second phase will add a composite ply cutting and kitting area, expand administrative offices and add employee training facilities.
With the increases in automation, Young didn’t know exactly how many new employees would be hired on, although he does expect increases in staff.
“We’re adding equipment that’s highly automated to the facility, so even if we double the space, it doesn’t mean we’re doubling employees,” he said. “We have 30-plus employees now, and with the expansion, as we ramp up, we’re going to hire more.”
The Denton manufacturing facility is one of six the company owns in the United States, plus two in France and one in Germany. It also is working to build an additional facility outside Seattle to help support Boeing’s new 777X plane, Young said.
“We’re the No. 1 precision formatter of composite materials that go into commercial and defense for aerospace,” Young said. “This is just a continuation of our expansion to support our customers globally.”