Dixon’s Specialty Product Division has opened a new, dedicated engineering and manufacturing facility in Chestertown, Md., expanding R&D and manufacturing capacity by 30 percent.

Dixon, a leading manufacturer and supplier of hose fittings, fluid control products and accessories, has opened a new manufacturing facility dedicated to its newly renamed and expanded Specialty Products Division.

The 44,000 sq. ft. facility, located in Chestertown, Md., is the new home of Dixon Specialty Products (DSP). Previously known as Dixon Specialty Hose, DSP is the division of Dixon that is currently responsible for the engineering, development and manufacturing of various specialty products that include ball joint armor and other armored hose products, PTFE hose and fitting components, plus King Safety cables.

The new divisional manager of DSP is Taylor Goodall. Goodall has been employed by Dixon since 2003, most recently serving as vice president of distribution for the company.

Goodall says the new dedicated facilities for DSP mean represent approximately a 30 percent expansion for R&D and manufacturing. The expansion also includes the installation of two new CNC machines plus a vertical milling machine.

The division is also in the process of adding new staff. “One of the key reasons for this expansion is to devote additional effort to the development of our swivels product line,” Goodall said in a prepared statement. “We are exploring new offerings in terms of product sizes and high-pressure performance to support more field applications.”

Among the key markets served by DSP are steel mills, oil-field equipment operators, wastewater treatment plants, and pulp and paper mills, among others.