It was a big year for Ace Products and Consulting.
The Ravenna, Ohio-based company added 3,500 square feet to its operations, bringing the total to 10,500 square feet. The move is designed to offer testing capabilities to bridge the rubber and silicone markets in addition to providing industry education.
Speaking of education, Ace grew on that front, too. The firm launched its education center iLearn and hired Christie Robinson, the Rubber Division's former training and development director, to run the program.
The institute is designed to further the education and development of technical employees, students and company training. Housed at the firm, the center has a classroom and hands-on laboratory space.
And there's plenty more room to grow—Ace is housed in a 172,000-sq.-ft. industrial park on 72 acres of land.
Another double down
Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics Co. L.L.C. recently doubled its operations in Watertown, S.D., again—this time bringing its manufacturing footprint to 68,000 square feet.
It's the second time the company has doubled in size since CEO Robb Peterson founded the operation in 2014, in the wake of Minnesota Rubber & Plastics relocating its South Dakota operation to Mexico. The latest project should be operational by the spring of 2019.
The firm's primary business is rubber soles for Vibram, but it also produces other rubber products for the automotive, agriculture and heavy off-road industrial industries.
It was asked to represent South Dakota at the White Hose as part of President Trump's Made in America Product Showcase in July. The event highlighted manufacturing companies from each state across the U.S.
Philpott reshores production
Philpott Solutions Group disclosed plans to shift operations back to the U.S., shutting down its operation in China and relocating those jobs to its new facility in Aurora, Ohio.
The move is driven by Philpott's desire for quality. The firm found that the parts it was sourcing from China were not up to par from a quality standpoint and had to be inspected by a facility in San Diego. This, in turn, negated the upfront price savings from manufacturing in China.
The situation became intolerable, leading Philpott to regain control of the quality process.
Kent grows headquarters