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Polymer manufacturer bringing plant, jobs

PHILADELPHIA — AlphaGen Materials, a manufacturer of polymer ceramic coatings, will locate a plant in Philadelphia.

The announcement was made Dec. 22.

The plant will be located in a 235,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by U.S. Motors. The plant represents a $10-million investment and will create 200 new jobs.

The Mississippi Development Authority helped city officials to fund public infrastructure improvements,

Vinton, Iowa-based AlphaGen Materials manufactures a ceramic-metallic composite material used to improve performance and extend the useful lives of products made from fiberglass-reinforced polymers, concrete, metals and bio-materials.

The Philadelphia plant will supply specific mixes of ceramic composite materials for use in the company’s products.

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