Expanding and Renovating
An extensive plant expansion for more manufacturing and warehouse space is underway at NewAge Industries. Forty thousand square feet is being renovated at our headquarters in Southampton, Pa., for more cleanroom suites, inspection areas and warehousing.
The need to expand arose primarily from the success of our AdvantaPure® product line. AdvantaPure's tubing, hose and molded components are manufactured for high purity, Single-Use biopharm and pharmaceutical applications such as vaccine production and cell culture media transfer.
Several million dollars is being invested in the project. The area within our building undergoing the renovations was previously rented to other businesses and even housed the local fire department, free of charge, while the firehouse was being refurbished. The space will consist of 20,000 square feet of ISO Class 7 clean rooms and an equal amount of area for warehousing.
Demolition of existing structures within the space was completed last fall, followed by painting, utility work and other preparations. Special clean room walls are now in place, and the miles of ducting needed for clean room operations is being installed. Other equipment installations – water service lines, chillers, power inverters, compressors, exhaust filtering units – are in process.
Our entire team, from manufacturing to quality and from engineering to facilities, participated in planning the project. Process flows, materials of construction and mechanical systems were all considered, and then considered again, to make certain that our facility will be able to produce and deliver high quality products to our customers.
We anticipate moving equipment from existing clean room manufacturing areas to the newly renovated space during the second quarter of this year. The move-in will occur in phases, with individual pieces of equipment being shutdown, moved, validated and restarted. The goal of this is to avoid any production stoppages or shortage of products due to the plant expansion.
For more information on the products that will be manufactured in the renovated space, see AdvantaPure's website. For details on NewAge's previous building renovations, including our solar power project, visit our green initiatives page.