BEDFORD, Va. (Oct. 5)—Rubatex International L.L.C., the revamped Rubatex closed-cell rubber foam business previously owned by RBX Corp., reopened its doors Oct. 1.
RBX, which has sold off all its manufacturing businesses after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, closed the Bedford facility in April. German rubber maker Sedo Chemicals Neoprene GmbH now owns Rubatex, which opened with about 20 employees at the 200,000-sq.-ft. plant. The deal was finalized Sept. 27.
The Bedford factory is being run by Sedo and Rubatex personnel—including Rubatex CEO Claus Goyer, who came over from Sedo, and Plant Manager Larry Brookshier, who held the same position when RBX was the parent.
"We want people to know we're open and operational," Brookshier said. "We're anxious to serve our customers with our high-quality Rubatex products."