AUSTIN, TX - Reactive Surfaces, Austin, TX, will open the doors of its new coatings manufacturing plant in Hattiesburg, MS, starting in July 2012. The company will maintain its corporate headquarters in Austin, TX, and continue to build its bio-based additives elsewhere, but the new plant will expand the company’s manufacturing capacity to include coatings. The first of these functional coatings will be clear overcoats for military vehicles containing its OPDtox® self-decontaminating enzymatic additives.

According to founder and CIO Dr. Steve McDaniel, “We have decided to expand our self-decontamination functional additives offerings to include military coatings incorporating these additives. We intend to extract greater value from this highly profitable business with the dual offerings and to make them immediately available to military customers for testing and adoption. We expect this endeavor to be successful and to be followed by others of our bio-based additives being placed into functional coatings directly available to the end consumer. We are now in both the functional additives and the functional coatings businesses.” 

The new facility will be housed at the University of Southern Mississippi’s newly constructed 60,000-square-foot accelerator.