American Nitrile Builds Grove City, Ohio, Nitrile Glove Manufacturing Facility
Production at the 527,000-square-foot industrial facility is expected to begin early next year. The company said it has raised capital from strategic investors and is proceeding with retrofitting its Grove City production facility, which was formerly a warehouse, and upgrading utilities for advanced machinery.
“American Nitrile is fulfilling a critical and rapidly growing need for medical and non-medical nitrile gloves made in the United States, while reducing our country’s vulnerability to the supply chain disruptions experienced during the pandemic. COVID-19 was a catalyst, but demand for nitrile gloves extends far beyond immediate needs,” said Jacob Block, founder and CEO of American Nitrile.
The company expects to have all 12 lines of Phase One running in 2022, with additional phases planned over the next three years. Phase One production is expected to yield up to 40,000 gloves per hour per line, or approximately 3.6 billion gloves per year. This will be more than any other domestic nitrile glove production facility.
“Our research shows that demand for nitrile gloves will continue to grow post-COVID-19 not only in healthcare but also in hospitality, retail and other sectors. We have multiyear customer contracts in place and look forward to being the supplier of choice for healthcare, government and industrial,” Block said.
American Nitrile has also secured assistance from JobsOhio in the form of a $3.5 million Economic Development Grant for fixed asset investments and infrastructure and is participating in a Talent Acquisition Services program managed by JobsOhio on behalf of the company.
“American Nitrile’s launch of its new manufacturing facility in the Columbus Region is an example of enterprising Ohioans seizing the unprecedented opportunity to on-shore PPE production and rebuild the U.S. supply chain here at home,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This cutting-edge facility will create hundreds of new advanced manufacturing jobs and produce essential medical gloves stateside with homegrown Ohio talent.”
Nitrile is made from Nitrile Butadiene Rubber, a synthetic substance with an allergy safe compound and similar feel to latex. To streamline and kickstart production, the company said it has secured an exclusive North America partnership with Luster Industries, a publicly listed, global industry leading OEM with responsibility for sourcing, manufacturing, installing, and maintaining the product lines.
The company will reduce its carbon footprint by eliminating the need for transpacific vessels for shipping and will also employ sustainable manufacturing processes that will revolutionize industry sustainability standards, including a state-of the-art water reclamation process that recycles 50% of wastewater.
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