WADSWORTH, Ohio—For the first time in its history, Goldsmith & Eggleton L.L.C. began 24-hour operation at its Wadsworth reprocessed rubber manufacturing facility on Jan. 3.
G&E, a global supplier of reprocessed elastomers to custom rubber compounding firms, also added 16 employees to accommodate the new 24-hour shift, according to Rob Eggleton, business manager, elastomers-processed, of Channel Prime Alliance. CPA is G&E's sales and customer service partner.
Eggleton said G&E operates two plants in Wadsworth, one for all its reprocessed rubber products, and the other for carbon black masterbatches. The 24-hour shift change and resulting increase in production capacity affects the reprocessed rubber product lines, which saw a growth in demand in 2016, he said.
"The marketplace has been welcoming our products," he said. "We've made inroads in Asia, and that includes India and mainland China."
Eggleton declined to discuss G&E's sales or capacity figures, but he credited CPA with increasing the sales of G&E's products in CPA's existing market segments in Asia.
CPA has been serving as G&E's distribution partner since the two companies aligned in 2013. G&E's product portfolio is being sold to markets new to G&E, thanks to CPA's network, Eggleton said.
The round-the-clock production shift in Wadsworth is expected to bring quicker turnaround for customers.
"We didn't have enough shifts to fill these orders," Eggleton said.
G&E manufactures a full line of reprocessed elastomers, including blended butyl, EPDM, SBR, halogenated rubber and SBR masterbatch. The firm's carbon black masterbatch line was not part of the initial plan for production increases, but Eggleton said that G&E's goal is eventually to add shifts and employees on that line, as well.
In 2014, G&E invested in new machinery and equipment upgrades so that it eventually could expand capacity and product options.
Both G&E and CPA belong to Ravago Holdings America, which chose to align G&E's manufacturing assets with CPA's distribution network.
Ravago acquired G&E in 2012, while CPA has been a Ravago company since 2004.