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Parker opens Parflex Polymer Innovation Center  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Parker Hannifin Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio; www.parker.com), a global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the formal opening of its world-class Polymer Innovation Center at the Parflex Division in Ravenna, Ohio. The Parflex Division designs and manufactures thermoplastic and fluoropolymer hose, tubing and accessories that provides unique solutions for application market segments such as transportation, medical/life sciences, oil and gas, construction and marine. The Polymer Innovation Center is a 24,000 square foot facility within the Parflex headquarters that consolidates the division’s research and development activities into one location. It will also be used to pilot and prototype innovative new products. The Polymer Innovation Center was made possible through a $2.3 million funding commitment from Ohio’s Third Frontier Research and Development Center Program and a $15 million investment from Parker. The University of Akron and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation have collaborated with Parflex on the project. The center is expected to create 34 high-technology and engineering jobs. The facility currently employs more than 300. The Polymer Innovation Center is charged with creating, testing and proving…
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