Yorke Kann Rotomolding is starting up its machinery production facility in Guttenberg, Iowa, an official confirmed at Rotoplast `02.
The operation, a joint venture between rotomolding specialist Alan Yorke Engineering Ltd. of Northamptonshire, England, and waste-disposal-equipment firm Kann Manufacturing Corp., will parlay the strengths of each partner, said Bill Blaiklock, a rotomolding veteran helping the venture market its machinery. Yorke has a 15-year track record in rotomolding machinery for Europe.
Kann provides U.S. heavy- equipment manufacturing expertise gained by assembling waste-collection trucks, boats and truck hoppers.
Compared with cube ovens and open-flame systems, the machines promise natural-gas savings of up to 50 percent and a 25 percent or better productivity gain, according to Blaiklock. They rely on an aerodynamic oven design and sturdy construction that minimizes maintenance.
Yorke Kann is starting a year after the partners confirmed the joint venture was imminent. To help smooth the way of its introduction, Kann recently sold its small rotational molding plant in Manchester, Iowa, to prevent any conflict of interest with rotomolders that might purchase Yorke Kann equipment.
Blaiklock said Kann's experience with manufacturing large, metal structures containing hydraulics and other dynamic systems complements Yorke's rotomolding track record in Europe.