STOW, OHIO - Citing Northeast Ohio's position as a rotational molding center, equipment maker FSP Machinery Co. (Canada) Inc. is opening a branch office in Stow. At the same time, FSP also is introducing its Roto Flow independent-arm machine.
FSP President Peter Friesen said the branch makes FSP more available to the rotomolding industry. The company has purchased 4,400 square feet of space - 1,800 square feet for offices and 2,600 square feet for a demonstration area.
Richard Fair, the newly named branch manager, has more than 25 years of experience in rotomolding machinery, most of which is with McNeil machines in Akron, Ohio. When McNeil & NRM Inc. sold its rotomolding machinery business to Ferry Industries Inc. in 1994, Fair went to work at Wheeler Boyce Co., a mold maker that serves rotomolders. He joined FSP in January.
FSP, Ferry and Wheeler Boyce are located in Stow.
FSP's Stow branch will handle sales and service and, eventually, be a warehouse for spare parts.
FSP will continue to manufacture machines at its headquarters in Winkler, Manitoba, and nearby U.S. plant in Walhalla, N.D. Both plants recently have been expanded, Fair said.
Fair said FSP has sold its first Roto Flow to Strong Industries Inc. of Williamsport, Pa. Strong installed the machine in August. The machine can mold a part with a diameter of up to 12 feet.
FSP, best known for its single-station clamshell machines, is branching out into turret, independent-arm and shuttle machines. The company also makes material handling equipment such as the Roto Flow Dry Blender and Easy Dump Gaylord handling machine.
Fair said FSP has sold about 300 clamshells.
The Roto Flow independent-arm machine has four arms. A tubular outrigger shaft made of high-carbon steel encloses and supports the weight of the shaft that turns and supports the mold. At the end of the arm, gears and bearings are fully sealed, similar to a transmission housing.
Unlike other machines, which use the floor surface as a support, the Roto Flow has a structure that is totally self-supporting, Fair said.
Bifold doors on the heating and cooling stations save space. The cooling chamber has a full stainless steel floor. Water is channeled to a central holding tank.
The new FSP office address is: 1337 Commerce Drive, Unit 4, Stow, Ohio 44224; tel. (216) 686-6366, fax (216) 686-6368.