Southampton, PA — Following nearly two years of planning, preparation, construction and validation, team members at NewAge Industries/AdvantaPure are now using new clean rooms to produce platinum-cured silicone tubing, molded components and Single-Use molded tubing assemblies. The products are manufactured for the biopharm, pharmaceutical and other clean application industries.
"This was a big undertaking," noted Ken Baker, CEO of the employee-owned business. "We needed additional clean rooms to manufacture more high-purity tubing and components to meet our customers' needs, but we didn't want to add a random room next to our other clean rooms. This new area was designed and built from the ground up, with a vetted, product flow-through design for raw materials, extrusion, molding, quality inspection and packaging."
The ISO Class 7 and 8 clean rooms were built in existing space at the company’s headquarters in Southampton, Pa., just north of Philadelphia. The manufacturing suites and inspection areas total 23,000 square feet, with another 20,000 square feet renovated for additional warehouse space.
NewAge invested $10 million in the project. Engineering, design and construction was performed by AES Clean Technology Inc. of Montgomeryville, Pa.
"Our intent was to move and validate our manufacturing equipment in phases to avoid any production stoppages or product shortages. We accomplished that, but we also decided to add more extrusion equipment and mold presses. This equipment expansion will help us meet our customers' current and future product demands," said Baker.
NewAge/AdvantaPure's key customers who have inspected the new clean rooms have approved them for production of their orders involving AdvantaSil™ platinum-cured silicone tubing and reinforced hose, Single-Use molded tubing assemblies, and BioClosure® container closure systems.
Learn more about the products manufactured in the renovated space on AdvantaPure's website at http://www.advantapure.com/. For details on the company's other building renovations and sustainability initiatives, visit http://www.newageindustries.com/green-initiatives.asp or contact an employee-owner by phone: 800-506-3924 or 215-526-2300; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 800-837-1856 or 215-526-2190; or at 145 James Way, Southampton, PA 18966.
About NewAge® Industries
In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures and fabricates thermoplastic and thermoset tubing and hose. The company offers one of the broadest product lines of tubing, hose, and fittings in the U.S., and its custom extrusion and fabrication services are unrivaled. NewAge Industries maintains an inventory of over ten million feet of tubing and hose and prides itself on same-day shipment of 98% of orders for its core product lines. In 2006, NewAge initiated an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) for the benefit of both its employees and customers.
The AdvantaPure® division of NewAge Industries is ISO 9001:2008 certified and specializes in high purity tubing, hose, single use process manifolds and systems, and other molded components for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, beverage, and chemical industries. All products are manufactured, stored, and shipped using the cleanest methods possible to ensure unsurpassed product purity. Automated product identification systems, including gamma stable RFID tags and labels, are offered by NewAge's Verigenics® division.