By: Catherine Kavanaugh
August 4, 2014
Plastics extruder Reschcor Inc. is building an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bristol, Ind., just nine miles away from its current location, to accommodate business growth and its work force of 80 employees.
The privately held company makes custom profiles up to 24-inches wide as well as rigid and flexible tubing up to 8 inches for a variety of markets ranging from agricultural to lighting to windows.
The business has outgrown the capacity of its current 51,000-square foot plant in Elkhart, Ind., according to President Tom Reschly, who said he has been looking at relocating for about four years.
“The biggest thing about building from the ground up is that we can maximize efficiency with our work-flow layout,” Reschly said in a telephone interview. “We’ll get our lines laid out the way we want them. Right now our building is a little choppy. The second thing is to upgrade our process equipment.”
Reschly would not comment on how much money the company will invest in the new building and equipment but he did say there are no immediate plans to go beyond the 16 current extrusion lines.
“The site we’re building on is 30 acres and we have designed the building to be able to double over the next five to seven years,” he said.
Over the next three to five years, Reschly also will add 15-20 jobs. The company’s products end up mostly in the markets for building and construction, agriculture, and decks and rails.
“We think building and construction is still kind of in its infancy of coming back so that’s a growth area along with those not in our top three,” Reschly said, pointing to the appliances, electrical, lawn and garden, medical and signs and displays markets.
The new facility also will have training rooms and a place for employee meetings. Reschcor ranked fourth in Plastics News’ latest list of Best Places to Work for keeping its line of communication open with all employees and offering family friendly benefits, such as flexible schedules and generous longevity rewards. In honor of a 20-year work anniversary, employees get all-expenses paid trips worth $2,000, $500 cash and 24 extra hours of vacation time.
The company was named partly after the family — Jim Reschly is vice president of operations — and partly with the word “core” to reflect core capabilities and core values. Reschcor offers five extrusion processes that use more than a dozen kinds of plastics materials.
Company officials had a ground-breaking ceremony recently at their new location. They expect to move into the new complex with production on the main floor and a two-story office in December 2015.
Reschcor will be among several businesses moving to a new industrial park in Bristol. Another plastics company, Lami Plast Inc., also is constructing a plant there, according to The Elkhart Truth newspaper. Lami Plast made fiberglass parts for recreation vehicles in Elkhart until a February fire destroyed its 55,000-square-foot facility.