Ronald Mark Associates Inc. is widening its film and sheet offerings with the addition of a new PVC extrusion coating line.
The line went into production in June, according to Les Satz, owner and chief executive officer, and allows RMA to make widths up to 10 feet, 6 inches.
``It is a major purchase and a major step to bring us into the modern world of manufacturing,'' Satz said in a recent telephone interview.
He said RMA has a line that produces widths up to 5 feet, 2 inches, but has noticed a trend toward even wider film. The company has been involved with film, sheet and supportive fabric since the late 1970s, and that experience allowed it to design and build a unique custom line that will handle the wider widths.
``Our investment puts us on the map,'' he said, noting that the new line can make film for roofing, tenting, geomembranes and military applications.
The line will provide new opportunities, he said, especially in the roofing and military industries. Future plans range beyond PVC to include acrylic alloys, thermoplastic elastomers and other thermoplastic materials.
Satz said RMA will add seven or eight employees to the 75 it now employs at two 45,000-square-foot facilities, in Hillside and Pitman, N.J. The firm is based in Hillside.
The company has a specialty film and fabric line, makes Kinon-brand decorative surfaces for the architectural and design industries, and supplies caviar beads and decorative particles for flooring, apparel and crafts. It can produce films 2-120 mils thick. It also does trading of PVC raw materials and grinding.