PHOENIX - ReedSpectrum has begun manufacturing started at its new Phoenix facility, and last week purchased a German color house. Few details were available on the acquisition of Zipperling Kessler & Co. The firm, based in Ahrensburg, is similar to Reed-Spectrum in scope, according to a company spokeswoman.
ReedSpectrum's Phoenix plant, which began production June 28, operates three twin-screw production lines along with blending equipment and a custom color-matching laboratory using a proprietary computerized matching system that operates within the ReedSpectrum system nationwide.
Tom Maloney, formerly a ReedSpectrum site manager, has been named Phoenix business manager. He also will be responsible for expanding the company's market presence throughout the Southwest region and Northern Mexico.
``The settling out is behind us now, and we're in an expansion mode,'' Maloney said, referring to Spectrum Color's merger with Reed Plastics more than three years ago.
ReedSpectrum is a unit of Clariant Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., which is owned by Clariant Ltd. of Muttenz, Switzerland.
ReedSpectrum closed a Reed plant in Dallas and moved all the equipment and personnel to the Spectrum plant in Lawrenceville, Ga. The opening of the Phoenix facility represents the company's desire to bring its custom color concentrates manufacturing closer to its customer base in the region and expand business.
``We felt a plant in this area was necessary to continue outgrowth and get closer to customers, while at the same time support ReedSpectrum's global growth efforts,'' Maloney said. ``It will also give us a stronger foothold in this region.''
ReedSpectrum's Phoenix plant currently occupies about 25,000 square feet of a 40,000-square-foot facility, and will expand there as needed.