M&H CONSULTING TO DEVELOP FIRST NBR PLANT IN 25 YEARS
(OCTOBER 2021) - M&H Consulting (M&H) was selected by Blue Star to provide project development support for a new nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant, the first of its kind built in the US in more than 25 years, and a new high-tech glove manufacturing complex. M&H assisted Blue Star with initial planning, cost estimation, and permitting activities for the NBR plant and is providing continuing project development support with project management, facility design, engineering, supply chain support, execution oversight, construction and inspection management, and operational readiness support.
NBR is a synthetic rubber that is a key ingredient in producing disposable nitrile gloves used for laboratory, examination, and medical applications. Demand for nitrile gloves and other PPE (personal protective equipment) became acute in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing PPE production and repatriating critical supply chains are key parts of the US government’s overall strategy to improve preparedness for future pandemics and medical emergencies. The facility will be located in Progress Park, an industrial complex outside Wytheville, Virginia. When fully operational, the plant will be capable of producing approximately 90,000 metric tons per year of NBR. The facility is expected to start production in August 2022.
M&H Consulting is also providing project development support for Blue Star-AGI, Inc., to develop a vertically integrated nitrile glove manufacturing operation on the same campus. This initial, advanced, eco-conscious, efficient, automated, and AI-driven glove manufacturing facility will be capable of producing between 5 to 8 billion gloves annually.
“We are pleased to partner with Blue Star to develop these urgently needed facilities,” said M&H Consulting President Lisa Costello. “M&H Consulting and our partners have extensive experience in managing large facility projects. By integrating seamlessly with the Blue Star project team from the earliest phases, we have been able to provide a complete functional solution for developing these projects.”