Preparations at NewAge Industries are underway to expand and renovate 40,000 square feet of space for more clean room suites, inspection areas and warehousing. The company is using an existing area at its headquarters and manufacturing facility located just north of Philadelphia.
The need to expand arose primarily from the success of NewAge’s AdvantaPure product line. AdvantaPure’s tubing, hose and molded components are manufactured for high purity, single-use biopharm and pharmaceutical applications such as vaccine production and cell culture media transfer for harvest, filtration, fermentation, sampling and storage.
“AdvantaPure has come a long way in a relatively short time period,” said Ken Baker, CEO, of the division, which was started in 2002. “Our expertise in tubing, hose and fluid transfer solutions positioned us to advise our customers on how to meet their unique challenges in this highly technical market, and now we’re expanding to meet this demand and prepare for the future.”
NewAge will invest $9.5 million into the project. The area within NewAge’s building was previously rented to other businesses for several years — it even housed the local fire department, free of charge, while the firehouse was undergoing renovation — and more recently had been used for NewAge’s inventory overflow. The space will consist of 20,000 square feet of ISO Class 7 clean rooms and an equal amount of area for warehousing. Demolition of existing structures within the expanse was completed last fall, and then followed by painting, utility work and other preparations.
The project’s next stages involve clean room engineering, design and construction by AES Clean Technology Inc. of Montgomeryville, PA.
“Knowing the quality centric culture at NewAge Industries, we at AES were honored to be selected by NewAge for the design and construction of their new cleanroom facility,” stated Ralph Melfi, vice president of sales and marketing at AES. “During the ‘basis of design’ phase of the project, NewAge called on their entire team, from manufacturing to quality control and engineering to facilities, to participate in the project planning. Process flows, materials of construction and mechanical systems were all challenged and vetted out.”
NewAge expects to be able to move equipment from its existing clean room manufacturing areas to the newly renovated space during the second quarter of 2017.
Baker noted that because the company has multiple tubing extruders and presses for molded components, the move-in will occur in phases, with one piece of equipment being shutdown, moved, validated and restarted at a time. There will be no production stoppages or shortage of products due to the plant expansion.
This is not the first time NewAge’s building has undergone major changes. In recent years the company invested in new lighting, new windows, floor resurfacing, new motors for its manufacturing equipment and air conditioning units, a new roof and a rooftop solar panel array consisting of over 4,000 panels. These panels currently produce half of the company’s electricity needs.
(Source: NewAge Industries)