DUBLIN, Ohio—The Thermoid brand has been around since 1883, and the team at HBD/Thermoid Inc. is working hard to ensure the venerable name remains a force in today's competitive industrial rubber goods business.
"We like to say it's 130 years of innovation," said Christopher Denick, president of what is the Rubber Products Group of Dublin-based parent HBD Industries Inc. "Our roots are extremely important, and we are committed to continue obtainable growth."
Thermoid—as it's known in the market—employs 500 and operates five manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that produce a variety of rubber goods, including industrial hose, ducting, V-belts/timing belts, conveyor belting, and industrial rubber bands and budding strips. They go into an equally wide range of markets such as aerospace/aviation, material handling, mining, petrochemical and power transmission, among others.
Denick was brought in as Thermoid president about two years ago, following a 28-year career at Parker-Hannifin. He started in Parker's hose and fittings business in Canada, had a three-year stint as plant manager at a hose factory in Fort Wayne, Ind., served as plant manager for two sites on the metal side of the business, and also got experience in sales.
In Thermoid, Denick saw a chance to lead a business that was doing well to the next level. It was smaller than Parker and he saw the chance to make a positive impact. "Thermoid allows the possibility of making a great deal of changes in a short amount of time," he said at his Dublin office.