Magnat Rolls Inc. of Easthampton, Mass., and Fairview Machine Co. of Chicopee, both manufacturers of process rollers, have merged and will consolidate their equipment and workforces into Fairview's 80,000-square-foot Chicopee facility.
The new company, Magnat-Fairview Inc., will employ about 75.
``Some people have chosen to retire, but all were offered a position,'' said Glenn Geddis, vice president and general manager.
Paul Schultz, president of Webex Inc., Magnat-Fairview's parent firm, said the companies have joked about this merger for some time.
``It's been one of those things where everybody knows everybody in the business, and we'd kid around like, `Are you buying us or are we buying you?' '' he said in a July 18 telephone interview.
Geddis is the man in charge, Schultz said. ``Glenn runs the show. You can call him the czar if you want.''
Schultz estimated that 40-50 percent of the firms' customers are tied directly to the plastics industry.