The Page 1 article ``New molders reject old machines'' in the Oct. 14 issue is very misleading. In fact, the information only applies to those 10- to 20-year-old machines that are not remanufactured or upgraded. Those that are remanufactured and upgraded will meet or exceed new machine processing specifications. They also have the same service and warranty period as new machines, and can be financed or leased back with the same ``deals'' new machine purchasing offers. The major finance/leasing advantage is: Because overall costs are lower, so are the monthly payments.
These overall savings allow freed-up capital for purchasing new tooling, auxiliary equipment and plant improvements, so the molder is capable of providing the production and quality demands of customers at lower costs than purchasing new machinery.
I suggest Ms. Goldsberry and her guests familiarize themselves with the advantages that remanufacturing can provide before writing or responding to the article. This way your readers are presented with what I feel was your publication's intention - providing a well-informed, factual article.
Steven R. Schroeder, Epco Division. John Brown Plastics Machinery, Fremont, Ohio