For the third time in four years, Intralox is expanding operations at its Hammond, La., location. This time, the company said it is more than doubling its footprint with a $60 million expansion that will create 425 direct jobs as Intralox expands its molding and assembly operations.

Intralox said the expansion supports its growth and enables increased production. The facility, set to be complete by the end of 2022, will bring the Hammond plant’s total footprint to over 400,000 square feet while increasing belting output by 50%. The expansion will also allow Intralox to double its raw material inventory storage — critical for risk mitigation against material shortages.

The Hammond facility produces modular plastic conveyor belts, which are used in food, industrial and e-commerce industries. Belts and components produced at the state-of-the-art facility are shipped to Intralox assembly facilities across the world. This major U.S. expansion comes as Intralox celebrates its 50th year in operation, the company said.

“This expansion is critical to support the strong growth we’ve experienced in the last few years. With the new facility, we will rapidly increase our production and assembly capacity,” said Intralox President Edel Blanks. “We look forward to expanding our local workforce with the added benefit of meeting the increased demand of our customers around the world.”

Intralox said it invested over $300 million over the past five years in a significant expansion of its global footprint, which includes new facilities in Baltimore, Australia and The Netherlands and multiple expansions to its global headquarters in Harahan, La.