LAS VEGAS (Oct. 17, 2011)—Ram Enterprise Inc. has launched construction of a central manufacturing and service facility in Elko, Nev., to replace a much smaller site it has been operating out of since 2000 in the city.
The material handling specialist's new factory will span more than 47,000 square feet, according to Tim Horn, who earlier this year became president of the Elko-based company. The firm's current 8,700-sq.-ft. facility will close and probably be sold when the new plant begins operating in mid-2012.
Ram broke ground on the new structure Sept. 30. Financial details of the project weren't disclosed.
Ram, primarily a service company and manufacturer of Imtech lagging products and molded rubber goods, is expanding to new quarters to centralize the manufacturing and service ends of its operation.
To prep for the move, the company sold its Cleating Resources division in Portland, Ore., to Beltservice Corp. of St. Louis, Mo., in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, Horn said. He discussed the project while attending NIBA—The Belting Association's annual conference Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Las Vegas.
Cleating Resources was founded by Ram in 1992 to fabricate lightweight and food-grade conveyor belting, primarily with cleats for corrugated sidewalls. It serves distributors across the U.S.
Ram sold the division to focus on its core businesses, material handling and service, and product manufacturing, Horn said.
The product manufacturing unit also operated out of the Portland facility when the sale was made. Once it was completed, the production was moved to Ram's small plant in Elko, which had previously been a major service center and headquarters.
But that was not a long-term solution, Horn said, and the new facility became a necessity.
The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and employs about 150, also operates four other service centers.
They are spread strategically in Arizona, Utah and Nevada to serve the mining, power generation, aggregate, chemical and industrial industries.
Ram built the original manufacturing machinery for its Imtech operation when the business was launched. If additional presses are needed at the new plant, the firm will build those, too, Horn said.
The company started out with just some used conveyor belts in 1991, which were resold in the material handling market. Horn said Ram has expanded into being a diversified company and intends to grow further.
“We've become a single-source supplier of high quality products and services” for the markets the company serves, he said. “I guess you could say we've grown a little.”
Its products include rubber and ceramic lagging systems, thick rubber liners to protect belts, cold bond adhesives, rubber wear and abrasion goods, and dust containment systems.
On the service side of its business, Ram does conveyor belt installation, repair and maintenance, process and mine maintenance, including pulley repair and replacement and wear and abrasion product installation and repair; along with various construction services.
“We always want to be the experts in what we do,” Horn said. “That's what we constantly strive for.”
Ram has been changing “since we came out of 2008 and 2009 lean and mean, and now we're in a growth mode.”