Bringing Steelastic and RMS together under one roof facilitates combining various resources—including sales, engineering, production and others—to make them “more efficient from both a sales and marketing perspective as well as project execution,” he said.
They moved from much smaller sites in Akron and their combined work force of about 100 was not impacted. “We are fortunate to be able to bring our resources together to provide our customers with the top level services they have come to expect from Steelastic and RMS,” Massary said.
Steelastic and RMS, along with Rome, N.Y.-based Bartell Machinery Systems L.L.C., form the Heico Tire and Rubber Group of Heico Companies L.L.C. Steelastic was pur-chased by Hei-co in April 1992 and not long after that, Heico acquired RMS and Bartell to create the tire and rubber group.
Together, RMS and Steelastic supply machinery for the tire component prep sector of the tire market. Steelastic makes radial belt and body ply systems, bead apexing systems, cap strip systems and inspection systems. RMS produces extrusion systems, roller die head technology, air spring building systems and hose building systems.
They primarily serve the passenger radial, truck and bus radial, off-the-road tire, aircraft track, industrial hose, air spring and conveyor belt industries.
“We sell to every major tire manufacturer and have equipment in 60-plus countries around the world,” Massary said. “In total, we have sold more than 800 machines in our 40 years of doing business.”
He said the move to larger quarters will afford the company more manufacturing capacity. It will provide newer manufacturing tools and flow that generate greater efficiencies, he said, adding “we will also have a new fully functioning lab that will house our latest technologies.
“The lab area will allow us the opportunity to accelerate our research and development process and work closer with customers to develop manufacturing and tire technologies.”