Solideal Tire Corp. is looking at new facilities for its polyurethane tire manufacturing operation in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
The firm is contemplating moving the operation because it's on the verge of an expansion, which it can't do at its 10,000-sq.-ft. Muscle Shoals plant.
Its only alternative will be to find a larger home to handle the company's growing urethane tire production needs, according to Jack Straub, plant manager of the facility.
``We're looking at one building that has between 15,000 and 18,000 square feet of space,'' he said. He didn't say where that plant or other potential sites are located.
The subsidiary of Solideal International S.A. of Sri Lanka makes industrial forklift tires for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Mr. Straub said.
Lebanon-based Solideal Tire also recovers load wheels at the Muscle Shoals plant.
However, it may soon begin manufacturing load wheels, ``and if we expand into that we'll need a new building quickly,'' he said at the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association annual meeting, held May 1-5 in Atlanta.
The tire maker also would have to acquire additional equipment to handle the production of load wheels, he said.
``Business has been very good,'' Mr. Straub said. ``We saw no regression because of the recession. We've seen more and more growth each month.''
Last year the company cast about 365,000 pounds of urethane compared to about 160,000 pounds the year before, he said, adding that ``all of the polyurethane is used in tires.''
Solideal has been manufacturing urethane tires in the U.S. since 2000 but has had offices in the country since 1985. The company sells its tires primarily through its own stores spread across the U.S and Canada.