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New technology sparks growth for plastics welder

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Genesis Plastics Welding plans to double the size of its Fortville facilities to 50,000 square feet and add to its staff of 49 people. The 20-year-old company will spend about $250,000 on the expansion.

Genesis is a contract manufacturer that uses radio-frequency technology to create heat seals in an array of medical, automotive and consumer products. Its products include blood-pressure cuffs, bladders and compression therapy sleeves. Its customers include General Electric, Camelbak and Skydex.

The Hancock County company says it’s growing because of a new technology that allows for RF welding plastics without the use of expensive—and often toxic—chemical additives. The company calls its proprietary technology ecoGenesis.

The additives in question, phthalates, make polyvinylchloride and polyurethane more flexible, but consumers are becoming more aware of their side effects.

Genesis plans to occupy its new space within six months. The company would not specify how many jobs it plans to add.

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