SALISBURY, N.C. (Feb. 24)—Carolina Rubber Rolls has consolidated its roll-making capabilities and services into its Salisbury facility, making it a leaner operation poised to build profits.
The consolidation involved moving Carolina's roll-making machinery from its 30,000-sq.-ft., rolls-only Greenville, S.C., plant to Salisbury. HBD Industries Inc.—Carolina's parent company—also produces industrial rubber bands and hose at the 250,000-sq.-ft. facility.
Carolina actually made more rubber rolls at the Greenville site than in Salisbury, but several factors led the company to consolidate. First, the two sites are only about two hours apart by car, and with a large portion of the division's customers based in the Southeast, Carolina didn't give up geographic proximity to its markets.
There also was room to expand at the spacious Salisbury facility, plus on-site access to HBD's many services, including research and development and technical support. Lastly, in-house cost cutting allowed Carolina to avoid a price hike on its products.