For some, the complex Herbold granulators saga has come full circle. Domenic Antico and two of his colleagues who last year left the German-owned, since-dissolved Herbold Granulators USA Inc. to run New Herbold Inc., now have returned to work for a new U.S. company started by their former German bosses - brothers Karlheinz and Werner Herbold.
The newly formed firm, based in Smithfield, R.I., began operating May 1 as Resource Recycling Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Herbold Zerkleinerungstechnik GmbH of Meckesheim, Germany. Antico has joined Resource Recy-cling as president, and brought with him technical manager Mike Valliere and office manager Beth Caparelli. All three previously worked for both Herbold Granulators USA Inc., which was liquidated last December as part of its Ger-man parent's bankruptcy, and for New Herbold Inc., a competing, 4-month-old granulating firm in Sutton, Mass.
Meanwhile, New Herbold - itself a unit of a German parent company - has filled its leadership vacancy by naming Charles Pollock as president and general manager. Pollock joins New Herbold from the Davis-Standard Division of Crompton & Knowles Corp., where for the past 14 months he worked as a sales engineer for recycling-related extruders. Be-fore that, he worked for the old Herbold company and Antico, selling Refakt GmbH recycling systems in the United States, and worked many years designing and selling recycling equipment at John Brown Plastic Machinery.
New Herbold's parent, Neue Herbold Maschinen- und Anlagen-bau GmbH, recently started in a new, 27,000-square-foot facility in Sinsheim/Reihen, Germany. The employee-owned firm will continue to supply spare parts and plastics size-reduction equipment such as granulators, pulverizers, guillotines and bale breakers.
The Sutton headquarters of New Herbold Inc. comprises offices and a warehouse with test facilities, said Pollock, who is interviewing for a sales manager. The U.S. firm - which plans to exhibit at Plastics Fair Chicago in Rosemont, Ill., June 11-13 - employs three full-time staff now, and Pollock said he is working to rebuild a network of sales representatives.
Meanwhile, Antico and his colleagues, operating out of a leased 5,000-square-foot facility in Smithfield, await delivery of some test machines from Germany. They also plan to sell spare parts and standard machines off the shelf. The 43-employee Herbold Zerkleinerungstechnik, based in Meckesheim, sells used size-reduction equipment and assembles new machines using components made for it under private label by companies in Germany and the former Eastern Europe.
Resource Recycling Systems recently signed Tex America Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., as its sales representative for the southeastern United States, and is close to signing Paramco Inc. of Barberton, Ohio, to represent it in part of the Midwest, Antico said in a telephone interview May 22.
As for his decision to leave New Herbold after a few months, Antico will say only: ``It just didn't work. People can make you promises, but what can you do if those promises aren't kept?''
Pollock, meanwhile, is concerned about customer confusion in the market. Callers to Resource Recycling Systems are greeted by someone identifying that company as ``Herbold.''
``Domenic is using the Herbold name, and he shouldn't be,'' asserts Pollock. ``We're trying to put a stop to it.''