CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 5:40 p.m. EDT) — Engineering consultant Oak Tree Consulting LLC of Dundee, Mich., formed an alliance recently with Jabezco Industrial Group Inc. of Jackson, Tenn., to help thermoplastic compounding companies with their expansions or upgrades.
“We're combining engineering, design and construction so we can manage the project from end to end,” Subodh Sharma, Oak Tree president, said at NPE 2006, held June 19-23 in Chicago.
He said the plan is to provide an expert that can step in to help with small projects like the setup of a machine, or with a major project like an expansion including a new line. The firm emphasizes on-site interaction with project participants.
Oak Tree was formed in June 2002 by Sharma, who has 25 years in the plastic industry. He worked 11 years at Ticona Celstran Inc. in Winona, Minn., where he was a leader in long-fiber thermoplastics.
Sharma has a staff of three, as well as affiliates who work on a project basis. Jabezco has about 55 employees and has worked with Sharma to complete projects in the past.