By: E&P Staff
Kodak broke ground last Friday on the 16,000-square-foot expansion of its plate manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ga., where the company will use a third production line to meet the digital plate supply needs for a variety of markets.
Completion is slated for the second quarter of 2009, and production on the new line will begin immediately.
The $15 million investment “will enable the company to more efficiently produce current and future generation digital plates,” according to a Kodak announcement.
Opened in 1990 by Sun Chemical to make Polychrome-branded plates, the facility has undergone several improvements to increase production quality and capacity. Kodak entered into a joint venture with Sun Chemical in 1998 to form Kodak Polychrome Graphics, which in 2005 became a wholly owned Kodak subsidiary.