Two longtime Northern California plastics processors have merged and combined operations in a recently improved, 62,000-square-foot facility.
The new operation - Stoesser-Gordon Plastics - has opened in Santa Rosa, Calif., with about 100 employees, 39 injection molding machines and annual sales of more than $12 million. Parent company Stoesser Industries Inc. moved 96 miles from Mountain View, and Gordon Manufacturing Co. Inc. relocated 23 miles from Petaluma. Gordon Manufacturing merged into Stoesser Industries in an exchange of stock Oct. 31.
Two executives split key roles. Bob Stoesser now is president of the new firm's marketing and engineering, and Ralph Gatto is president of finance and operations. Stoesser was president of Stoesser Industries, and Gatto was president of Gordon Manufacturing.
Stoesser Industries acquired the Santa Rosa building in February for $4.5 million and started talks with Gordon principals in April. The companies began collaborating at midyear.
Infrastructure improvements cost about $1 million and include an updated Class 10,000 clean room.
Twenty-four Stoesser employees are relocating while about 30 Gordon employees and temporary workers continue with the business. Local hiring is filling other positions.
Stoesser-Gordon Plastics has engineering capabilities and an updated quality-assurance and testing laboratory. The site has electric overhead cranes for quick mold changes, real-time monitoring systems tracking productivity and automated materials-handling systems.
William F. Stoesser founded the family-owned Stoesser business in 1948 as a tool and die shop. Stoesser Industries employed 65 and operated 28 presses for making medical, consumer, food-processing and automotive parts. The firm achieved ISO 9002 registration in 1994 and will bring that quality measurement to the new site.
Gordon Blumenfeld started Gordon Manufacturing in 1962 in San Rafael, Calif., and relocated the business to Petaluma in 1982. He continues as an investor and chairman of the Stoesser-Gordon Plastics operating unit. Gordon Manufacturing employed about 45 and operated 17 presses for making pool and spa, ergonomic, medical and electronic products.