Ro-An Industries Corp. is adding a service testing center that will help the 46-year-old, family-owned packaging machinery maker handle research and development and meet demand for customized lines.
President Joseph Cervera said Ro-An, headquartered in Middle Village, N.Y., is renovating an existing building to develop the new facility, which is scheduled to open April 1.
Cervera would not say how much the company has invested in the project.
Ro-An Industries builds machinery to make plastic bags and pouches sold around the world. The company builds everything in-house. Its lineup includes 45 styles of high-speed bag and pouch equipment, including zipper and bottom-seal sealing systems, and wicketing bag machines.
All of our products are made here in the USA. We're very proud of that, Cervera said.
The company employs 120 worldwide, including 85 in Middle Village. Cervera declined to reveal sales.
His father, Angelo Cervera, founded the company in 1963, working out of a tiny office. Ro-An expanded from his custom-built machines for packaging converters to a full line of standard equipment. But Joseph Cervera said many customers want Ro-An to supply complete systems, including customized downstream items such as equipment to add drawstrings and zipper profiles.
People want to deal with one source, he said.
Ro-An is proud to be family-owned and offering American-made products in an era of increasing private-equity owner- ship of U.S. machinery manufacturers, and outsourcing of work to low-wage countries.
The new facility also will support R&D, so Ro-An technicians can design and test technologies without disrupting production in the main factory.
Ro-An Industries remains a family affair. Angelo Cervera is semi-retired from the company he founded, and serves as chairman. Angela Cervera, Joseph's sister, is vice president.