SALINE, Mich.—Renosol Corp. has expanded its Bay City, Mich., manufacturing plant and added machinery to increase its capabilities, capacity and flexibility.
The polyurethane product molder picked up another 15,800 square feet by taking over the remaining space at the facility it occupies when a co-tenant moved out. The additional space gives Renosol a 47,000-sq.-ft. plant.
Because of the expansion, the firm was able to revamp its operation, reconfigure its manufacturing pro-cesses, purchase production equipment, add a break room for employees, and refurbish offices and the property's exterior, the company said.
Several recent polyurethane equipment purchases will give Saline-headquartered Renosol added capacity and greater manufacturing flexibility, according to the firm, which molds numerous urethane products, each of which requires different polyurethane foams.
Equally important to the company, a spokeswoman said, the expansion allowed it to move its plastisol compounding operation to Bay City from a plant it closed recently in Clare, Mich.
The firm has custom-formulated plastisol compounds since the early 1980s, and offers color matching capabilities that meet automotive industry standards.
The spokeswoman said Renosol now has the capability to make a wider variety of urethane goods, from flexible to rigid foam integral skin products, and energy absorbing, structural, and high durometer and density dunnage foams.
The Bay City facility, with a work force of about 24 headed by Plant Manager Dennis Resseguie, is regularly upgraded, the spokeswoman said, and Resseguie has proved adept at utilizing the range of talents of the production crew.
For instance, renovations to the facility's office area were completed entirely using Renosol personnel, and the production area at the site was not only reconfigured by workers but they routinely refurbish and build specialized production machinery from the floor up, she said.
“I marvel at my team's creativity and energy every day,” said Resseguie. “Our production staff is as solid as they come. We don't have turnover problems, and we don't have quality issues at our customers' facilities.”
He said the company's technical team knows the business and has a great deal of experience in manufacturing.
“The engineering team is by far the most creative I have worked with. These guys can design a production line and then go out and build it,” he said.
Renosol was part of Hoover Universal until 1981 when it was spun off and became a stand-alone business. It produces parts and materials for noise, vibration and harshness damping and energy absorption, as well as flexible, elastomeric and numerous other foams.
The firm also custom-formulates plastisol molding and dipping compounds, material handling dunnage, and racking systems. It serves the marine, automotive, industrial, packaging and sporting goods industries.