DERRY — Tri-K Industries Inc. is in the process of renovating its new space at 20 A St., where the company plans to double its space and expand its production and laboratory facilities.
The global cosmetics ingredient manufacturer’s proteins division is located at 8 Willow St. in Salem, which has about 19,000 square feet. The new facility, which the New Jersey-based company bought last September for over $2 million, has about 40,000 square feet.
The company’s associate director, Kathy Felson, said they have outgrown their current space, and they have ambitious plans for growth.
“Our goal is to become the biggest cosmetic protein supplier across the globe,” Felson said.
She said the new building had the high-bay and docking infrastructure they needed — it doubled their space and has room for expansion.
In May, the company contracted with Northpoint Construction Management in Hudson to begin renovations. Felson said the company’s overall investment in the building is millions of dollars, but declined to say how much the renovations are expected to cost.
Felson said the goal is to make a state-of-the-art facility. Tri-K also will be expanding and upgrading its quality control and analytical laboratory, research and development lab, and adding a new microbiology lab down the road.
About a dozen mixing tanks, some as big as 2,600 gallons, will be transferred to the new building, along with filter presses and other heavy equipment. The company also will be purchasing a new boiler, cooling tower and filter press.
Felson said the company produces 80 different special protein products, such as hydrolyzed soy or hydrolyzed silk, for use in shampoos, lotions, conditioners and creams. In hair products, Felson said, the proteins help to give hair more strength and body.
“They’re great film-formers,” Felson said.
The ingredients are shipped to over 40 countries, she said, with 40 to 50 percent of overall sales being outside of the United States.
“This plan is going to be a focal point for Tri-K manufacturing,” Felson said.
The company is headquartered in Denville, N.J. Its Indian parent company, Galaxy Surfactants, has seven manufacturing plants in India and one in Egypt, according to Felson. This is the company’s only manufacturing facility in the U.S., and the only one producing proteins. Galaxy, founded in 1980, supplies performance and specialty products to over 1,000 customers in over 100 countries, according to its website.
Tri-K employs 22 people in New Hampshire, Felson said. The company plans to gradually hire more in the years to come.
Currently, the company ships through third-party distributors, with airfreight out of Logan Airport in Boston and ocean freight out of New Jersey, though Felson said it would be nice if they could use the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport more.
The Derry building is located not far from where a new Exit 4A will be built off Interstate 93 in the next few years. Felson said that was not part of the original plan, but it’s an “added bonus.”
Felson said the goal is to move into the Derry facility by December and host a ribbon-cutting ceremony in January next year.