F&D Plastics Inc. was appearing at its first trade show ever as an exhibitor at massPlastics, and company representatives were anxious to spread the word that F&D is now a woman-owned minority business.
The family-owned color and additive concentrate company from Leominster, Mass., shook up its management team this year, naming Jean Rosbury CEO. Her husband, Roger Rosbury, remains president, while their son Darren is executive vice president.
We wanted to diversify and get into other areas of business, explained the new CEO.
She said she and Roger have been married 43 years and she's been general manager for about 10 years.
Reconfiguring the company doesn't change much of what they do, because all three have worked together, but could significantly help in gaining more business from original equipment manufacturers, she said.
For me, personally, it is exciting because it is a new challenge and something I personally appreciate.
F&D has been gearing up for more business the last 15 months. It added four twin-screw machines last year that were divided between its Lachine, Quebec, and Leominster operations. The company is looking at a possible Midwest acquisition and has added salesman Tom Barry to cover New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Darren Rosbury said the firm has also added 10,000 square feet of warehouse space locally. F&D has a 37,000-square-foot facility in Leominster and 30,000 in Canada. The company has about 100 employees overall.
For us this is a springboard to look at trade shows. So far, we've been well-received with existing customers. Some new customers didn't know that we've been in existence since 1967, he said.
He said sales are strong and have been up about 20 percent each month in 2011 compared with last year.
MassPlastics was held March 15-16 in Fitchburg.