DES PLAINES, Ill.—Rahco Rubber Inc. has grown steadily in 2017, and during the last eight months has poured about $1 million into its operation to add machinery and make other moves to support the gains it has made.
Included in the company's investments are two high tech V710, generation G10 Rep presses; a 700-ton Benchmark 750 vertical injection Desma with matching 12 cavity double deck precision mold; a 110-ton hydraulic Wabash press; a Micro-Vu automated metrology system that automatically dimensionalizes and certifies components to sub-pixel accuracy; a 40-ton Wabash press with state-of-the-art control system for research and development efforts; and a high tech dry ice cleaning system, according to Dennis Askew, business development manager of the Des Plaines-based company.
Overall, the company has experienced about 7 percent growth, he said, and it has received ISO 9001:2015 certification and an extension of the company's ISO 9001:2008 certification.
A manufacturer of custom engineered precision molded rubber components, a sealing products provider and a formulator of advanced polymer materials, Rahco has been a family-owned business with the Anton family at the helm for 45 years.
The firm operates out of a 60,000-sq.-ft. plant in Des Plaines that features nearly 50 presses and compounding machines along with fully equipped research, development and quality control labs.
That's a big leap from Rahco's three employees and four machines housed in a 5,000-sq.-ft. facility when the company was launched in 1972.