COLUMBUS, Ohio—A Georgia-based rubber sheeting manufacturer is investing in a new manufacturing plant and distribution center in Columbus, where it will consolidate a number of its operations as part of a multi-million dollar investment.
RM Biltrite L.L.C., of Sandy Springs, Ga., will renovate a vacant warehouse in Columbus, where it will manufacture its products and distribute imported materials for its worldwide clients. The warehouse is expected to open this summer, and 40-50 new employees will be hired. Positions will include managers, technicians, machine operators, logistics employees and warehouse staff, along with other skilled workers, said Nate Robbins, the company's executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Local media reports in Columbus estimate RM Biltrite's investment at $11.5 million, between real estate and industrial equipment. Although Robbins would not disclose an exact number, he did confirm that the property will include the renovation of an existing structure that ultimately will be about 180,000 square feet.
The center will be used to consolidate current operations from three other owned or leased sites in the Chicago and Boston metro areas, along with a site in Kentucky.
RM Biltrite distributes thermoplastic rubber, industrial sheet rubber, mining and aggregate rubber, masticated rubber, transit flooring and anti-skid flooring, among other products. The company produces thermoplastic sheeting, while all rubber products it markets are imported.
The company first was established by CEO Philip Franklyn in 1987 as a manufacturer of horse trailers.
The equine or agricultural market remains one of the company's largest industries, but over the years it has expanded to serve clients in defense and military, electrical production, automotive, industrial applications, mining and public transit.
During that time, the company distributed industrial rubber products from manufacturers in Asia. In early 2018, Franklyn's company purchased the thermoplastic division of the Boston-based Biltrite Corp., and the company was given its current name.