Shawmut Corporation has unveiled new renovations at its Park Avenue Technical Center, one of the largest and most technologically advanced fabric finishing operations in the U.S., located in Burlington, N.C. The updates offer Shawmut customers easier access to the company’s advanced materials design and collaboration facilities and provide increased speed, agility and flexibility for custom solutions development.
The Park Avenue Technical Center renovations augment Shawmut’s existing 180,000 square foot facility with a new multi-story program and technical development center with state-of-the-art customer meeting and collaboration capabilities. The overall facility, which includes office, lab, manufacturing and warehouse space for the location’s 145 employees, features:
- A newly constructed office and customer experience wing
- A rapid color formulation center
- Technical, quality and color labs
- Investments in on-site customer collaboration and accelerated product development processes
The Technical Center supports several of Shawmut’s core markets, including military and protective, health and safety, and custom solution. The main output at the facility is automotive-related advanced materials. Shawmut is the majority supplier of laminated automotive headliner materials in North America and more than 50 percent of cars produced today for the North American market have headliner materials from the facility. In addition to headliners, the company also makes laminated materials for automotive pillars, sun visors, sunshades and panoramic roof roller shades, seating, door and trim laminations, package trays and parcel shelves.
Shawmut’s Park Avenue Technical Center is the company’s first ISO 14001 certified facility. It is 100 percent landfill-free, with less than one percent of the waste from the Technical Center going to a landfill, and instead repurposed through recycling and other external sustainability operations.