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Italian compounder to open first US plant

Lebanon, Tennessee —  So.F.Ter has started production at the new 100,000-square-foot plant in Lebanon: the Forli, Italy-based compounder’s first US site employs 50 and has a capacity of 50 million pounds on four twin-screw extrusion lines.

The plant will make compounds primarily based on polypropylene, nylon and polyesters, with new lines to make compounds based on thermoplastic elastomers to be installed next year.

Automotive will be the plant’s largest end market—and is the reason why So.F.Ter chose to locate in the southeast US, where many new auto plants have been built in…

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