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Avatar Announces Facility Expansion
      UNIVERSITY PARK, IL, July 25, 2005 – Avatar Corporation has begun a major expansion of its University Park, IL (southwest suburban Chicago) headquarters and production facilities. The $5.0 million project will add 64,000 square feet of production, warehouse and logistical space along with 8,300 square feet of expanded office and employee services areas.

      Avatar is a bulk pharmaceutical chemical manufacturer. The University Park Plant was commissioned in 1998 and is regulated by the FDA. A leader in the manufacture of specialty release agents and lubricants for the food and drug industries, Avatar’s accomplishments are recognized and supported by a growing number of the finest companies in the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries. For more information, visit www.avatarcorp.com

      Michael Shamie, President/CEO said, “This expansion reaffirms our commitment to the University Park Plant. This is the second phase of our mid-term growth plan and includes: 2 rail spur tracks, a 70’ truck scale, major capital equipment additions and increased detention for storm water management. We anticipate the creation of 20 new jobs from this expansion. This investment will facilitate our continued growth over the next 3-5 years.”

      Architectural design for the addition is provided by Heitman Architects of Itasca, IL http://www.heitmanarchitects.com/. Clayco Construction Co. of St. Louis, MO http://www.claycorp.com/ has been selected as the General Contractor. The new building will attach to the existing 40,000 sf structure and will be built with structural precast concrete and structural steel. The expanded facility will occupy 112,300 sf when completed in Feb. 2006.

For an architectural rendering of the expansion, please click here.

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