Davis-Standard to expand Connecticut manufacturing facility

Davis-StandardDavis-Standard, manufacturer of extrusion machinery in North America, is expanding its primary facility at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, USA. With the support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the State of Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development and local government, Davis-Standard will be adding 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 30 jobs in the next two years to its largest global site, which currently employs over 400 people.

The facility will house the manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies. It also enables the company to move all blown film manufacturing for its Gloucester Engineering product line from Gloucester, Massachusetts to Pawcatuck. The addition is planned for completion later this year.

“As the largest extrusion machinery manufacturer in North America, this expansion is a necessity for our business,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard president and CEO. “Last fall we aquired Gloucester Engineering, which greatly strengthened our blown film product line through resources in sales, engineering and service.

The company's Raven Blown Film Line
The company’s Raven Blown Film Line

Bringing Gloucester’s manufacturing capabilities to our Connecticut site makes sense for several reasons. One of those is to integrate technology; together we are now the largest manufacturer of seven to 11-layer blown film dies. These dies are used for making highly technical multi-layer films used in packaging and pharmaceutical applications. To that regard, this expansion aligns with our mission of offering customers excellent quality, value and customer service. The larger facility will allow us to do that.”

Davis-Standard has operated in Southeast Connecticut since 1848 and is one of the oldest and largest employers in the area. The expansion of the Pawcatuck site reinforces the company’s commitment to the local region. In addition, the company has manufacturing facilities and subsidiaries elsewhere in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Davis-Standard issues thanks to the following people for their support of this project: Governor Dannel P. Malloy; Catherine H. Smith, Department of Economic Community Development (DECD) Commissioner; Diana Urban, Connecticut State Representative; Paul Formica, Connecticut State Senator; and Rob Simmons, Stonington First Selectman.