Manufacturing UpdateSept. 3, 2012
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Manufacturing: Plant expansions head toward completion
North Bay manufacturers EO Products, Biosearch Technologies and Anette's Chocolates are expanding their production plants this summer and fall.
Petaluma-based commercial general contractor McDevitt & McDevitt Construction received permits in late August and started improvements in a former Industrial Light & Magic building in San Rafael for a larger, higher-capacity plant for EO Products. Jim Ford of The Fifth Resource in Cotati is consulting on the project. [See "Manufacturing Awards 2012: Made in Marin: EO Products," July 16, and "EO Products still 'made in Marin,'" May 28.]
"Things are starting to progress rapidly," said Steve Fox, EO chief financial officer.
The Corte Madera-based maker of personal care products with ingredients deemed holistic worked with Marin Municipal Water District on a plan to reduce process water consumption by 80 percent. The system is set to be installed in early September. EO is planning to have moved into the new plant by Oct. 1.
"We’re very excited about our new facility," Mr. Fox said. An open house is in the works for late October.
Novato-based life science tools maker Biosearch Technologies is gearing up to start improvements on its 100,000-square-foot new headquarters and labs in south Petaluma and upgraded labs in Novato. The company plans to move the headquarters early next year. [See "Biosearch plans big Petaluma expansion," Aug. 13.]