On Sept. 2, Syrgis Performance Initiators Inc. (Helena, Ark.) opened the doors at its new standalone laboratory. Expected to support its global organic peroxides manufacturing business and its global customer base, the lab is situated within the company’s Helena campus. The facility and a separate remote-controlled reactor will allow for R&D work on new organic peroxides as well as the ongoing development of innovative manufacturing processes.
According to Andy Harris, Syrgis CEO, this capital investment reflects Syrgis’ commitments to the reinforced fiberglass composite markets, to the State of Arkansas, and to quality technical manufacturing capabilities in the United States: “The new laboratory and reactor facility will provide Syrgis and our customers with additional tools to further differentiate ourselves in the organic peroxides marketplace.” Dr. Kevin Guigley, the company’s technology manager of organic peroxides, will lead the facility’s technical workforce.
The lab’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was part of a larger celebration held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the company’s presence in Arkansas. Harris, Arkansas governor Mike Beebe and several local political leaders joined in the event. The company produces both methyl ethyl ketone peroxides (MEKPs) and benzoyl peroxide (BPO) at the facility in Helena, with additional MEKP production in Köpmanholmen, Sweden. These organic peroxides are used to initiate the curing reactions of various composite polymer systems for a wide range of end-applications.