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Fiberforge continues local, global expansion

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Courtesy of Fiberforge Corp.The RELAY (Rapid, Efficient Layup) Station 2000 technology, developed by Glenwood Springs-based thermoplastics parts manufacturers Fiberforge Corp., recently expanded to a research institute in Germany, part of the local company's continued global reach.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs-based manufacturer of lightweight thermoplastic parts, and the high-tech mechanical equipment that produces them, continues its expansion locally and globally.

Since opening its 24,000-square-foot production plant in the former Coors distributing warehouse on Devereux Road last spring, Fiberforge Corp. has already expanded from a workforce of about 25 to more than 40.

That number is expected to continue to grow to around 55 or 60 by the end of the year, Susan Goldberg, senior manager for marketing and sales for Fiberforge, said last week.

Many of those jobs are yet to be filled, she said. But the ramped-up activity for Fiberforge remains a bright spot in the still-lagging local economy.

Jobs currently being advertised by the company range from manufacturing, electrical, assembly and quality engineer technicians, to contracts administrator, purchasing clerk and vice president of marketing and sales.

Fiberforge produces lightweight structural parts made from high-performance advanced-composite materials for the military, as well as clients in the aerospace, consumer electronics, transportation and medical industries.

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Since 2008, the company has been working to design and develop lightweight floor coverings for the Sikorsky CH-53K transport helicopters used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It’s now one of the company’s major contracts, and a big reason for the rapid expansion.

Fiberforge also markets its patented manufacturing system worldwide.

Recently, the company’s RELAY® Station 2000, used to manufacture the composite parts, was installed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany.

The German institute will use the RELAY (Rapid, Efficient Layup) technology as part of its state-of-the-art thermoplastics research center to conduct research and development projects for various industries, including automotive and aerospace, according to a Fiberforge press release.

“Fiberforge’s innovative tape layup process opens up new possibilities for producing thermoplastic advanced composite parts in a fast and automated process,” Frank Henning, deputy director of Fraunhofer ICT, said in the press release.

According to Fiberforge’s Simon Jesperson, “Combined with our expertise in other thermoplastic processing technologies, Fiberforge’s RELAY Station will expand our portfolio in the research and development of methods, materials and process technologies for fiber-reinforced plastics.”

For more about Fiberforge, visit the company’s website at http://www.fiberforge.com.

jstroud@postindependent.com