ILC Dover opens Seaford plant

ILC Dover on Tuesday marked the grand opening of a new plant that will bring 115 jobs to Seaford.

ILC Dover is in the process of staffing Grayling Industries, which has launched operations at a 90,000-square-foot facility. Employees there will manufacture internationally recognized safety products for contamination control on asbestos abatement projects and industrial packaging products for shipping and storage of bulk liquids and dry flowable products.

The production lines and the equipment to operate them are in the process of being moved from Juarez, Mexico, to Seaford.

"These new jobs, at this new plant, usher in a new day for the city of Seaford and all of Sussex County," Gov. Jack Markell said. "ILC Dover must be applauded for bringing these jobs here from Mexico and not only doing right by Delaware, but also helping our country continue to pull business back home."

Frederica-based ILC Dover, known for making spacesuits for NASA, the airbag system for the Mars Rover and Personal Protection Equipment for military, homeland security and industrial users, purchased Grayling in December 2012 to complement its flexible containment products for the pharmaceutical industry.

Two lines are currently in operation at the plant. The Dry Bottleneck Line produces dry powder liners. Cell # 1 manufactures dry powder liners and D-Con disposable shower enclosures, a low-cost, sturdy and disposable decontamination shower solution for abatement projects.

While Grayling's manufacturing operations are moving to Delaware, the subsidiary's offices will remain in Alpharetta, Ga.

ILC Dover Chief Executive Officer William Wallach said the opening of Grayling Industries is a great example of how industry and government can work together in a way that allows for new jobs to be created.

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