An Enterprise Parkway company that specializes in custom silicone adhesives and sealants has doubled its space by moving to Cuyahoga Falls.
Twinsburg Township and the village of Reminderville, which share the revenue from a Joint Economic Development District where Silicone Solutions is based, will see a loss of 13 employees.
The expansion is mostly in response to sales growth resulting from the growth of solar power production in China, says company president David M. Brassard.
"We were way too tight [in Twinsburg]," said Brassard. "We needed a bigger place."
After 17 years at the Twinsburg address, Silicone Solutions moved from its site at 1670 Enterprise Parkway into a newly purchased and remodeled building at 338 Remington Road in Cuyahoga Falls on Dec. 17, 2012, according to Brassard.
The company hosted an open house Feb. 5 that included a breakfast, lunch and refreshments, said Brassard, who added that more than 50 people attended the event, including Mayor Don Robart and his staff.
The move was prompted by the firm's 250 percent sales growth in 2012 and in anticipation of doubling that figure this year, according to a company news release. Brassard noted the company needed to expand its operation and found a building that met its needs in Cuyahoga Falls.
The Twinsburg site gave the company 5,500 square feet, but the Falls location provides 11,500 square feet. The site was previously occupied by Ultra Specialties and before that Eagle Elastomers.
"It was a good location and well set up for what we needed," said Brassard, who added his firm has 13 employees.
"We are thrilled to welcome Silicone Solutions to Cuyahoga Falls," said Jennifer Syx, deputy director of community development for the city of Cuyahoga Falls. "They moved here as they grew out of their former facility. The Cuyahoga Falls location suited their needs for their current operation and the site will accommodate future growth."
Syx said the company did not receive tax or other financial incentives to relocate to Cuyahoga Falls.
Silicone Solutions produces custom silicone adhesives, sealants, coatings and gels. The company in 2012 exported more than 600 55-gallon, 450-pound drums containing the company's SS-109 adhesive to China, mostly by air. The SS-109 adhesive is used to assemble solar collectors that are being built in China.
He noted the strength of the company's silicone adhesive allows the solar collectors in China to be "hurricane-proof."
Brassard said that China's population is growing so fast that it is running short on power. As a result, solar collectors are being built by the Chinese government in large open areas to provide solar power.
"You can see [the solar collectors] from space," said Brassard.