DES PLAINES, Ill.—Rahco Rubber Inc. doesn't go out of its way to keep a low profile, but it also doesn't break out the band when it does something notable.
“We just aren't wired that way,” admitted Steve Anton, president of the precision rubber component manufacturer, custom compounder and engineered sealing solutions provider that is owned and operated by brothers Steve, Jim and Jack Anton.
Formed by their father, Bill, and two partners in the early 1970s, the firm figures if it does the job the company is supposed to do, everything else will fall into place nicely. Especially with its customers, and that's what counts.
That focus has led to steady but significant growth over the last few decades, which in turn has spurred management to reinvest heavily in the company, Steve Anton said in a recent interview.
In the last year alone, Rahco purchased four new high tonnage vacuum presses for low waste flashless molding; two of the latest model 500-ton Rep injection presses, expected to be delivered in July or August; a state-of-the-art optical comparator, which was installed in June; an ERP system; and mold maintenance equipment, according to Dennis Askew, the firm's business development manager.
In addition, the company reconstructed its website, completing the project in early July.
Combined, the firm invested more than $1 million in upgrades at its 60,000-sq.-ft. plant in Des Plaines, he said.