Newpark Mats and Integrated Services (NMIS), a unit of Newpark Resources, Inc. and provider of advanced composite matting solutions, announced the completion of its new R&D center and manufacturing facility expansion in Carencro, LA. The new facility will advance product research and development of NMIS’ DURA-BASE Advanced-Composite Mat Systems, increasing production capacity to ensure product availability to meet increased demand for large-scale power utility applications.
The 50,000-sq.-ft. expansion has allowed NMIS to double capacity, guaranteeing inventory is on-hand for speedy deployment to customers in need of temporary roadways and stable work platforms.
“The completion of this project increases our ability to service multiple market segments including large-scale projects in the power utility industry,” remarked Jeff Juergens, president of Newpark Mats and Integrated Services. “At the same time, it’s a huge investment in the development of technologies and products that will help our customers for decades to come.”
In addition to expanding its manufacturing footprint, the facility’s new R&D technology center furthers NMIS’ commitment to developing environmentally sound technology and expanding product innovation. The more than $40 million dollar investment includes a dedicated technology facility, which enables product testing and advanced material science research to take place alongside production. The new plant supports the continued development of the DURA-BASE system and the recently released EPZ Grounding System.