ITWC grows upwards
Malcom, Iowa-based ITWC Inc. rarely stands still, physically expanding seven times since it was founded in 1988. That doesn’t include capacity expansions or the addition of machinery, employees and technologies, all of which are a common occurrence at the company.
The reason is simple, ceo Walt Smith said: you can’t mark time, you’re either advancing or you’re retreating.
ITWC is always advancing, he said, as is Newton, Iowa-based Thombert Inc., an industrial forklift tyre manufacturer, where Smith also serves as ceo.
ITWC is doing it again.
The firm is adding two large reactors, he said at the PMA conference, 9-11 May in Las Vegas.
The company recently installed two 6000-gallon (22 700-litre) reactors at the Malcom facility, which will allow it to make tank-truck quantities in one batch, Smith said.
One problem: the reactors were taller than ITWC’s plant. Its solution: raise the roof. It added 10 ft (3 m) of roof height to accommodate the reactors.
With those moves, the company doubled the capacity of its most popular polyester prepolymer product line and created the opportunity to produce and ship full tank-truck quantities to customers.
The reactors are expected to increase the…