Scioto Technologies Ltd., an Ohio company that makes downstream equipment for pipe extrusion, has purchased corrugator maker Cullom Machine Tool & Die Inc.
The merged companies now have a new name, Modern Machine Corp., and are preparing to move into a 40,000-square-foot building in Columbus, Ohio.
Gary Karr, who founded Scioto Technologies 14 years ago, becomes president and chief executive officer of Modern Machine. He said the company will focus on vacuum corrugators for pipe ranging in diameter from a quarter inch to 72 inches, and a line of continuous vacuum forming machines, which work like corrugators to turn out hollow, custom products at very high volumes.
Modern Machine also will make auxiliary equipment such as coilers and drilling machines.
The deal was announced July 24. Terms were not disclosed.
Heinrich Dickhut founded Cullom Machine in 1979, and it grew into a major producer of pipe corrugators. Dickhut is retiring from the company in Cleveland, Tenn. A sister company, Cleveland Tubing Inc., was not included in the deal.
Scioto Technologies began in 1989 as a small firm in Marysville, Ohio, supplying robots and automation for the automotive industry out of an 8,000-square-foot plant.
After picking up work in the pipe industry, the company moved to a 20,000-square-foot building in Columbus. Karr said he recently purchased the 40,000-square-foot building and plans to move Modern Machine there by the first of September. The company employs 15.
Scioto Technologies entered the pipe market by supplying downstream equipment, such as cutoff saws and trimming stations, for Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., a major extruder of corrugated polyethylene pipe based in Columbus. Karr said ADS was adding bell-and-spigot pipelines nationwide.
Later, Scioto Technologies built corrugators for another pipe company, and came out with a line of downstream equipment.
Cullom introduced a line of continuous vacuum forming machinery at NPE 2003. The new company brings the strength of Scioto Technologies' automation experience, he said.
By bringing a series of vacuum corrugator molds down over an extruded tube, the machines turn out a string of parts that have to be trimmed and finished. Downstream automation is important.
``It has a lot of potential because of the speed [at which] we can make parts,'' Karr said. ``Certain parts, we can probably make them 30 parts per minute.''
The company already has an order to build a continuous vacuum forming machine to make automotive boots from a thermoplastic elastomer.
Initially, Karr said, the company will concentrate on machines for producing open-ended parts, like the boots.
But he said Modern Machine may get into closed-end parts in the future, such as bottles and other parts now made by blow molding.
Other executives at Modern Machine are David Cyphert, vice president of engineering and new product development; and Scott Romines, general manager of manufacturing.