BARBERTON, Ohio—Preferred Compounding Corp. plans to move its headquarters staff to a new location to free up room at the firm's production plant that it has occupied for more than three decades in Barberton.
It plans to move its management, commercial and finance personnel to a facility 15 minutes away from the factory in Copley, Ohio. It will lease the second floor in the four story building for its staff.
“We've grown into the second largest custom rubber compounder in North America with compounding operations in Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee and Mexico,” according to Ken Bloom, president and CEO of Preferred.
In addition, he said, “as the leading value-added compounder, we've significantly increased our technical, quality and production staff at each location over the past decade to support our customers. We are simply out of room in Barberton.”
Bloom said moving the headquarters staff to an existing office building is the most cost effective and least disruptive solution to the space problem.
The Barberton plant has separate buildings for black and color compounding. Plant production, technical, quality and customer support staff will move into the office space vacated by the headquarters crew. That will free up more space in the plant for production.
More than 100 employees work at the Barberton facility.