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Lehigh plans to triple production.

Naples, Fla. -- based Lehigh Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of engineered rubber powder, has announced that it will triple production capacity of its ultra-fine rubber powder and is in the final phase of its search for two new plant sites.

"Industries are embracing our rubber powder technology, which can lessen our nation's dependence on oil, and they are turning to us for technology and products that take on environmental sustainability," Dennis Gormley, CEO of Lehigh Technologies, says.

Lehigh is considering locations in Alabama, California, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee for the plants, which will be approximately 100,000 square feet. The company estimates that each site will employ from 75 to 100 workers.

Gormley says Lehigh plans to break ground in 2007 on the first of the two plants and in early 2008 for the other. Once the plants have been completed, Lehigh says it will have the ability to deliver more than 300 million pounds of its engineered rubber powder made from scrap tires to manufacturers in the auto, rubber, plastics and polymer products industries.

Lehigh Technologies currently has one production facility in Tucker, Ga. The plant generates no environmental waste of any kind and requires no air, water, pollution or other permits, according to the company.

To help Lehigh Technologies meet the demand for its engineered rubber powder, Addison, Texas-based The Staubach Co., a real estate advisory firm founded by NFL quarterback Roger Staubach, is leading the site search.

"With Lehigh, we're going beyond the traditional economic benefits of job creation and capital investment to include worldwide environmental benefits," according to Keith Scott, VP of Staubach's Business and Economic Incentives Practice. "Lehigh anticipates that its presence may encourage and attract other companies to set up camp nearby, helping to drive new green technology centers in the states currently under consideration."

More information on Lehigh Technologies is available from the company's Web site at www. lehightechnologies.com.
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Date:Jul 1, 2007
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