Rotomolder Trilogy opening site in Ohio for contract work

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: August 29, 2012 6:00 am ET

Trilogy Plastics' Stephen Osborn, left, and Bruce Frank stand with the first of two Ferry rotomolding machines that will be dedicated to contract manufacturing in the company’s new plant. (Plastics News photo by Bill Bregar)

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ALLIANCE, OHIO (Aug. 29, 1:25 p.m. ET)  — Rotational molder Trilogy Plastics Inc. is opening a second plant in Alliance, its headquarters city, which will focus on longer-running, contract-manufacturing jobs that require dedicated finishing and assembly.

Trilogy is renovating 65,000 square feet of space in a section of a former warehouse used by a local distributor of heating and air-conditioning products. The total building, which has sat empty for several years, has 105,000 square feet of total manufacturing space and 30,000 square feet of offices.

Trilogy President Stephen Osborn said the rotomolder may use part of the additional space for mold storage and warehousing.

Initially, the plant will run two Ferry RS 2600 four-arm, independent-arm rotomolding machines. Both have 102-inch swings. Production was set to begin in mid-August on the first machine. Ferry Industries Inc. is scheduled to deliver the second machine by early September, Osborn said.

Trilogy has upgraded the plant’s electric and water service and added a sprinkler system.

Osborn said it makes sense to separate out contract manufacturing from custom rotomolding. He declined to identify any customers.

“The reason we built it is because we have customers that we want to set up dedicated lines for, and dedicated processes. We do special things for them.” Osborn said.

For example, for one customer, Trilogy will handle the entire production. “We’re going to do some molding. We’re going to bring in some other parts. We’ll do finishing. We’re going to do assembly, and we’re going to ship to their customers,” he said.

Work for another customer will include specialty robotics, finishing equipment, special molding processes. “Those parts will go through that whole process, and then we’ll ship complete truckloads to their warehouses around the country,” Osborn said.

The new dedicated-customer plant will do some existing work that Trilogy now does at its headquarters factory. Osborn said the company hopes to win new customers as well.

Some large companies, when they need rotomolded parts, set up a one-machine operation in-house. But Osborn said that is usually not cost effective, and they have to learn a new process for a machine that may be used only occasionally, he said.

“One of the big benefits is they have our engineering department’s expertise,” he said. “If they want to get into rotomolding, they either have to hire an outside consultant or they have to hire a plant manager or somebody that knows a lot about it. They don’t have to do that here.”

Osborn declined to say how much Trilogy has invested in the new building, located a few miles from its main plant in Alliance.


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