FARREL POMINI held a grand opening & inauguration celebration for its new corporate headquarters facility in Ansonia May 4-5.
The two-day event featured a facility tour and demonstrations May 4 followed by a continuous mixer user seminar on May 5.
More than 65 customers and other guests attended the event, which included a detailed plant tour of the new company headquarters for continuous compounding systems.
On May 4, small groups of guests were given presentations at numerous departments within the company including offices, machine assembly, spare parts, rotor repair and refurbishment, R&D, automation, and the company’s processing laboratory and customer demonstration area.
The demo area consists of a CP550 Compact Processor equipped with automated upstream materials handling and downstream pelletizing, plus the company’s new CPeX™ lab-sized Compact Processor that was introduced at K 2016. At the end of the day a gala dinner celebration was held under a tent on the company grounds.
On May 5, technical presentations from FARREL POMINI and several of its partners were held. These included:
- Making economical high quality flame retardant compounds with UltraCarb on a Compact Processor/LKAB Minerals GmbH
- Feeding & conveying technology for the extrusion process /Schenck Americas
- Underwater pelletizing & pellet handling update/Gala Industries
- Leasing options for capital machinery buyers/LBBW Bank
- Continuous Mixer operation & maintenance efficiency for reduced running costs and improved ROI/FARREL POMINI
- Developments in Continuous Mixer technology for value-added compounding & masterbatch producers/FARREL POMINI
Opening of New Headquarters in Ansonia
In September 2016 employees were relocated to the new building, just a few miles from the company’s previous headquarters in downtown Ansonia, which had been home to the company for over 100 years.
The new purpose-built facility features numerous key improvements that enable improved efficiency in all of the company’s business processes.
“When designing the new facility, we looked at our entire company workflow, and set out to enhance synergy and communication to generate a more efficient model of interaction, collaboration and process improvement,” said Paul Lloyd, Business Unit Director at FARREL POMINI. “In addition, moving to a new facility has allowed the study and re-working of our machine assembly areas and processes, which can now be configured exactly in line with the requirements of building the Continuous Mixer and Compact Processor products. For instance, the assembly floor has been designed to minimize movements and streamlined testing of machines, a major inefficiency in our previous machine assembly.”
The new facility, located at One Farrel Boulevard at the top of a hill overlooking Ansonia and Connecticut’s Naugatuck River Valley, houses all FARREL POMINI employees at one site, on one level, a major improvement over the company’s previous location where employees were spread out over three separate buildings. Lean methodology was used to create the new facility layout for optimum efficiency.
For more information on FARREL POMINI visit the company’s website at www.farrel-pomini.com.