Fabri-Form Co., a thermoformer and custom fabricator in New Concord, Ohio, will add capacity at its plant in nearby Byesville a project due in part to a state development grant.
Fabri-Form recently was notified that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded it nearly $163,000 in matching funds to expand its Paylode line of plastic cargo protection spacers and void fillers designed to displace expendable dunnage in rail, intermodal and truck shipments.
In an April 20 telephone interview, John Knight, Fabri-Form's chairman and CEO, said two new granulator machines and six productions molds will be added to the Byesville plant. About 15-20 new jobs will be added as well, he said.
One of our core businesses is return packaging, and that market has gone almost entirely to reprocessed materials, which makes sense because not only does that product become returnable and reusable, it's made from recycled materials, Knight said.
The materials-handling market has become dominated by plastic pallets, and with some components reaching the end of their 20-year shelf lives, there's plenty of plastic to be collected, reground and reused, according to Knight.
We see the industry as becoming healthy because of new environmental laws and a push in the industry to go green, and we fit well into that green slot, he said.
Fabri-Form's Paylode clients include food products manufacturer J.M. Smucker Co. of Orrville, Ohio, and supermarket giant Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati.
In addition to material handling, Fabri-Form has a big presence in thermoformed parts for the heavy-truck industry a market that is making a slow comeback after nearly two years of downturn, Knight said.
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