Clarion's plant in Shippenville, Pa.

Clarion Industries announced that construction will be completed by mid-October on several major manufacturing initiatives. The $10 million in capital expenditures target energy efficiencies, innovation and quality technologies, as well as increased manufacturing production capacity.

“Clarion’s volume has significantly outpaced our expectations. Our new ownership group, that invested $26 million about 14 months ago, believes now is the time to invest aggressively to support our future growth opportunities,” said Tony Sturrus, president and ceo of Clarion Industries.

Improved plant efficiencies include upgraded environmentally smart designed manufacturing lighting and replacing the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) clean air environmental system. The company is also upgrading its innovation and quality assurance technology processes, including Clarion’s press capabilities and a new ‘rapid prototype’ system that provides an ‘on demand’ real life product marketing sample service for Clarion’s customers.  Production investments in Clarion Laminates are designed to prepare the flooring plant to handle the rapidly expanding volume.

Clarion Industries is the parent company of Clarion Boards, Inc. and Clarion Laminates LLC, which produce HDF panels and laminate flooring in a 660,000 sq. ft. facility in Shippenville, Pa.