An Avon factory that makes reflective material for clothing, adhesives and traffic signs has built a 50,000-square-foot expansion less than two years after it was bought by a German company.
The factory, which had been known as Reflexite before the purchase, is now called ORAFOL Americas, and has a staff of 152. A year ago, the company employed about 145.
ORAFOL expects to hire 10 more workers by the end of the year. In 2008, it had 177 workers in Connecticut.
This is the first phase of several planned expansions over the next eight years, which are eventually expected to add 125,000 sq. ft. in additional space, and cost $90 million, including the new machinery in the additions. By 2020, executives project the company will have 245 Connecticut employees.
In a press release announcing Wednesday’s grand opening of the addition, ORAFOL Americas CEO Randall Mertz said: “Avon and Connecticut offer a supportive community, a strong local infrastructure, and an outstanding supply of highly skilled and talented employees. Our continued growth, including expanding our facilities, adding new equipment, and adding new jobs demonstrates our commitment to doing business in the state.”
The company also overhauled its heating and air conditioning systems and replaced lighting to conserve on energy consumption, and it received about $740,000 from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund to help pay for that work.