Bostik employee and Lithonia resident Charles Walker takes a sample of the hardwood adhesive manufactured at the Parker Road facility. Products from the Conyers plant are shipped locally, nationally and are exported. - Staff photos by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
CONYERS -- Keeping hardwood floors and ceramic tiles in place is the business of Bostik in Conyers.
The 137,000-square foot facility sits on about 8.6 acres of land on Parker Road and is primarily responsible for the manufacture of adhesives and sealants.
Bostik is an international company with locations in 37 countries. Its U.S. corporate headquarters is in Wisconsin, and the company has plants in Conyers and Calhoun, as well as in South Carolina, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California.
According to the company's website, Bostik is one of the largest adhesive and sealant companies in the world. Bostik designs, manufactures and markets adhesives and sealants that are used in a wide range of fields, from gas tankers and buildings to furniture and diapers.
The company boasts it is No. 2 worldwide in the manufacture of tiling, floor covering, waterproofing and decoration.
Bostik has had a presence in Conyers since 1990 and now owns five buildings and employs 90 employees that work on three shifts, five days a week.
"We make adhesives here; we are an adhesive factory," said Dennis Bowman, plant manager with Bostik in Conyers.
He said in addition to flooring adhesives, Bostik also makes sealants and adhesives for windows.
Bowman said the company sells its products to distributors, such as Floors & More, but also sells a number of private label products for larger retailers.
"We are also selling more product under the Bostik name," he said.
In some ways, the process for manufacturing the hardwood adhesive and sealant is simple.
The materials are first mixed in 1,000-gallon vessels and then transferred to 375-gallon mixing tubs where pigment and other ingredients are added. The adhesive is then placed in a press that squeezes the material into 5-gallon pails, which are sold to customers.
The same general process is used for sealants, except it is injected into tubing to be packaged for distribution.
Bowman said though, it's actually not all that simple.
"It's not simply blending," he said. "The actual process is more complicated in that the mixing and blending of the materials relies on chemical interactions."
Bowman said the Conyers plant ships about five or six truckloads of product each day, in addition to 30 smaller shipments of a pallet or two by domestic shipping.
"We ship locally, nationally and some of our product lines, we export," Bowman said.