ODESSA, Fla.—A leading rubber products distributor and aspiring fabricator in Florida is investing $2 million in the coming months to construct two new facilities, a move the company said addresses its corporate growth and client demand.
The Conveyor Consulting and Rubber Co. first opened a U.S.-based location in 2014 in the heart of Pasco County and has outgrown its current facility, said President Ron Fernandes. At 20,000 square feet and 12,000 square feet, respectively, the two new facilities will be located near Interstate 75 in a visible location, with an expected move-in date of 2021. The expansion will increase capacity by about 50 percent.
The new, larger building will house a belt shop, storage and other areas, while the smaller facility will include areas for fabrication and metal working, assembly of conveyor belts and more, Fernandes said.
CCR is a full-line distributor and installer of conveyor belting and components, industrial rubber products and steel and other specialty metals. Fernandes credits some strategic decisions and the hiring of experienced professionals for Conveyor Consulting and Rubber's consistent double-digit growth over the years.
"It comes down to good products and better service with technicians who really know their job," he said. "We're still considered pretty new in this industry, so many of our clients have given us a chance to prove ourselves and the reputation we've created is that we don't take shortcuts. That's why we get (repeat business)."
With nearly 20 employees, CCR now has branches in Miami, Fla., and Toledo, Ohio, as well, Fernandes said. While much of the company's revenues up to this point have been from distribution and installation work, he sees fabrication as a major area for growth. As a result, he expects to hire around six other fabricators and mechanics by 2021.