Momentum Technologies Laboratories Inc. in Uniontown has expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. The additions, which included new equipment, took about a $1 million investment, said Rodney Armstrong, director of laboratory services at Momentum. The company also added a natural rubber and natural latex testing lab of about 1,200 square feet within its Uniontown facility, which totals about 7,000 square feet. The balance of the space is used for construction product testing, including polymer modified asphalt, roofing materials and coatings and below-grade coatings, Armstrong said. Among the new equipment in the natural rubber and latex (NR/NL) lab are a new rubber process analyzer, a Mooney viscometer, a Wallace plastimeter, a tensile machine, a compounding mixer and a mill. For latex, there’s also a centrifuge, a mechanical stability tester, a viscometer and an atomic absorption metals tester. Momentum hired two new technicians for the expansion, bringing the NR/NL lab employee count to four, and a total of eight for the labs, Armstrong said. The company is in contact with the University of Akron to bring in interns...