By: Frank Antosiewicz
June 4, 2012
AGAWAM, MASS. (June 4, 1:30 p.m. ET) — For upstart Kolcor Technologies LLC, an appearance at NPE2012 was the signal that its company is ready for business — selling screen changers.
“We formed about a year ago and we spent the time designing our product. We didn’t sell anything until the NPE show, so that was our coming out party,” said President Christopher Kowal, in a telephone interview.
He said that although the company is new, it draws from many years of experience from dealings with original equipment manufacturers and plastic companies. Kowal owns a machine shop — J-K Tool Co. Inc. of Agawam, and Kolcor is located in the same building.
The company’s screen changers were designed by industry veteran Del Trott and include a patent-pending all-metal seal, remote operator station and rugged sliding safety guards.
Sales manager Randy Joubert said that while many visitors to the NPE booth had not heard of Kolcor, “the company brings together people with more than 100 years of combined experience in engineering, manufacturing and the sales of melt filtration equipment.”
Joubert said the first sale, of a hydraulic screen changer, was to a California compounder.
Kolcor offers manual and hydraulic screen changers and is responding to requests for 8 to 10 inch changers that should be ready in about a month.
He said that “we did no advertising before the show, so no one knew who were until the day of the show.”
Kowal said the changers are designed, manufactured and made in the United States.