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Davis-Standard expands Pawcatuck facility for blown film die production

Plastic and rubber extrusion machines manufacturer Davis-Standard has completed a 15,000ft² addition to its Pawcatuck facility.

The new space houses manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies, allowing the company to shift all blown film manufacturing from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Pawcatuck.

Davis-Standard, which has been operating since 1848, has been considered as one of the oldest employers in the Southeast Connecticut/Southwest Rhode Island region.

The expansion will bring over 30 new manufacturing jobs to the site in two years. 

Besides the Pawcatuck facility, the company has several manufacturing facilities and subsidiaries across the US, Europe and Asia.

Davis-Standard President and CEO Jim Murphy said: “The facility addition is the culmination of our vision to bring world-class blown film die production to Pawcatuck.

“All Davis-Standard blown film die technology is now integrated under one roof, making us one of the largest manufacturers of seven to 11-layer blown film dies in the world. These dies are used for making highly technical multi-layer films used in packaging and pharmaceutical applications, which are high-demand markets for us.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said "Davis-Standard has long been one of southeast Connecticut's largest employers and we are proud to support the growth of their global headquarters here in our state and the creation of new manufacturing jobs that come with it.

"Manufacturing is central to our success and a driving force of Connecticut's economy, and our state is committed to supporting this important sector and the growth of its workforce. We are excited to have Davis-Standard as a proud Connecticut-based international business."