At its factory in Stow, Ferry Industries Inc. is finishing up its largest-ever four-arm rotomolding machine, with a 20-foot swing, for Rotational Technologies Inc.
The Claremore, Okla., molder, known as Rotek, is expanding its building to house the RS-6000.
Rotek General Manager Jeff Gettinger said the Ferry carousel machine replaces a rock-and-roll machine that was damaged by a fire last year. Rotek will use the new rotomolder for its captive molding work, including floats and tanks for boat lifts for parent firm HydroHoist International Inc., also in Claremore. Rotek also plans to do more custom molding.
The Ferry will be installed in October and begin production in November, Gettinger said in a telephone interview. It will be Rotek's third rotomolding machine and its largest one by far.
``This will nearly double our output,'' he said of the RS-6000.
To accommodate the machine, Rotek is expanding its 30,000-square-foot factory by another 10,000 square feet, Gettinger said.
After a fire damaged the rock-and-roll machine, Rotek officials contacted Ferry to build a machine that could boost the company's production.
Rotek molds large, flat decks measuring 12 feet long and 5 feet wide for the HydroHoist dock platforms than move up and down into the water. The company's custom molding markets include the oil and gas industry, and airlines.
Gettinger said the new machine will allow Rotek to mold larger parts, or fill the spider with lots of smaller molds.