The latest phase of development of the Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MNW) in Mount Pocono is completed and was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, October 13, 2010. The 7,500 square feet of new space will improve packaging, warehousing and shipping activities and completes a three-year facility expansion which has more than doubled output, increased production space by 50% and added 45 new jobs. The extra space allows the main building to be dedicated to production and quality control with space to install two more production machines in the future.
MNW manufactures polypropylene roll goods for use in surgical masks, liquid and air filters, vacuum bags, oil absorption technology and consumer products. “We have seen an unprecedented increase in demand for our products over the last five years,” says Managing Director Keith Hayward. “Even during the recessionary year of 2009, we saw growth that required us to continue investing in improved and larger production machinery.”
A five-year plan to improve efficiency, maintain quality and more than double output was initiated in 2007 when MNW became ISO9001 certified, which is am international standard that provides the framework for Quality Management Systems as well as significantly expanded export business opportunities. New production machinery to increase capacity and the necessary infrastructure improvements, such as adding a rail spur and resin conveying system, were the heart of the expansion. Investment in two more melt blown production machines and significant upgrades to the existing melt blown machines required phase expansion of the facility.
With this expansion, MNW is well positioned to satisft the demands of a variety of expanding melt blown markets.
Monadnock Non-Wovens, a subsidiary of Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. of Bennington, New Hampshire, was established in 1999 to manufacture non-woven material for the fast-growing filtration, medical face mask, healthcare and homeland security markets.