WEST UNITY, OHIO — Operating a state-of-the-art facility, Trinity Specialty Compounding LLC is turning a profit after just a year of operation. The company focuses on toll and custom compounding for wire and cable, building and construction, electronics and electrical, consumer products and other applications.
"Our niche is flame retardants, specialty additives and specialty polymers," said Timothy L. Walkowski, president and chief executive officer.
Trinity was formed in November 1998, and began operations in April 1999 in a leased, 22,000-square-foot building in West Unity. Walkowski, who has worked in the industry for 15 years, said that he started the company by installing $1 million of new capital equipment.
He said that it took nine months for the new enterprise to become profitable. Walkowski said that he expects to reach about $3 million in sales for the year. He currently employs six.
Trinity manufactures a variety of products ranging from olefin-based compounds and concentrates to those using engineering resins. Most of the products use additives for formulations in halogenated and nonhalogenated flame retardants, chemical foaming agents, ultraviolet and thermal stabilizers, slip and anti-statics.
The operation consists of a continuous processor equipped with a multiple gravimetric feed system, an automatic screen changer, an underwater or strand pelletizing system, and an in-line, 7,000-pound continuous blender. It also has an advanced metal- detection system.
As to the future, "we will let the market dictate," Walkowski said.
"We're strong on wire and cable and we tend to excel because of the relations we have. In general, we're in high-tech and high-quality market segments. Where we go from here, I'm not sure, but we will let the market drive for us."