In response to growing market demand, Heraeus Epurio held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to announce a EUR 14.2 million (USD 15.9 million) expansion project of its Dayton, Ohio location. The facility is a global leader in the production of ultra-pure specialty chemicals that are in high demand in memory and logic chip manufacturing.
The expansion, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, will add 19,300 square feet to the site, doubling its production capacity. The additional space will enable Epurio to add new reactors, create additional clean room spaces and employ more high-skilled technicians.
The event included Epurio leaders, employees and local government officials. Heraeus Epurio Global Head Bernd Stenger and Epurio North America General Manager Neil Thiesing led the groundbreaking, with Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and Vandalia mayor Arlene Setzer in attendance.
“As a technology company, Heraeus actively responds to the big drivers of change in our times through our involvement in the global photoresist market. With the ever-increasing demand for low-metals, high purity products essential to chipmakers, this expansion is timely and strategic,” said Neil Thiesing. ‘We thank our Epurio team and the local officials in Vandalia for their invaluable support for this important project.”
Commenting on Epurio’s strategic investment in Vandalia, Bernd Stenger said, “We have seen stellar growth in our semiconductor-related business in Japan, Korea, and right here in the US, and we aim to sustain this through this expansion.” Stenger noted that Epurio’s investment strategy goes far beyond bricks and mortar, adding, “We are also committed to investing in new technologies, improving our analytical capabilities, introducing more automation, and training our personnel to become a more efficient facility overall.”
Heraeus Epurio was originally founded in 1980 as Daychem Laboratories and saw a period of massive growth as the semiconductor market started to rise. The focus on innovations in ultra-pure technology and the development of a global sales team led to the steady ascent of the business.