CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO — Linden Industries Inc./EMB's new $1.5 million factory is just four miles away from the place where Linden started out in 1985, but officials say it's light years ahead in terms of operations.
Peter Tilgner founded Linden at a 16,000-square-foot plant in Peninsula, near Akron, Ohio. Because the ceiling in the old building was just 15 feet high, Linden was forced to lease space elsewhere to build some of its big reaction injection molding presses, which can stand more than 20 feet tall.
Last year, Linden moved into the new 26,000-square-foot building in a Cuyahoga Falls industrial park. The building has a ceiling height of 22 feet, and an overhead crane for moving equipment.
While the old plant was land-locked, Tilgner said Linden has enough land now to nearly double the size of the plant in the next five years.
Linden makes RIM machines, metering and mixing machines, and mixheads for processing polyurethane. Customers use the equipment to make products including office furniture, mattresses and automotive headrests, seats, and bumper fascia.
Linden also retrofits pumps and mixheads and specializes in computerized plant control systems.
Theron Sherman, sales manager, said Linden has 41 employees. ``If current projections prove true, we'll be bringing people on, both in engineering and on the shop floor,'' he said.
In 1998, Linden acquired Quality Craft Machine Inc., a Cuyahoga Falls machine shop that manufactures mixheads for Linden and other equipment manufacturers.
In the last two years, Linden has expanded into equipment for applying coatings and paint with no solvents. Linden is selling the machines to several industries, including automotive and the paper industry, Sherman said.