Pelletizing equipment maker Bay Plastics Machinery Corp. has nearly doubled its manufacturing space by leasing a second factory in Bay City, Mich.
The company's new 11,000-square-foot building is across the street from its original, 12,000-square-foot factory.
Jason Forgash, executive vice president, said the company moved its assembly operations to the new building June 1. The machine shop remains in the original building.
Bay Plastics makes pelletizers and related equipment such as water baths, strand dryers and water slides. Forgash said the company makes spare parts for any brand of pelletizer.
Forgash said Bay began experiencing a big pickup in business in the fall and the extra space will improve productivity.
“We've run out of room in our current facility,” he said. “Our business has just grown over the last year, to the point where we weren't able to contain it in one building.”
Bay's employment sank to 12 in 2009, during the recession. Forgash said the company now employs 26, and added seven new employees so far this year.
In other news this year, four members of the Forgash family are running Bay Plastics. Anthony Forgash Jr. — now in his 50th year in the plastics machinery industry — is president and CEO. His sons are active in the company. Jason joined as sales manager in 2005, then was promoted to executive vice president in 2010. Then, earlier this year, Bay hired Jim and Jeff Forgash as vice president of sales and vice president of parts and service, respectively.
Bay Plastics Machinery was created in 1997 by four former employees of Conair Jetro.
In 1998, a year after it was founded, Bay Plastics created a partnership with German pelletizer maker C.F. Scheer & Cie. GmbH + Co. KG. But in 2008, C.F. Scheer moved into insolvency reorganization and Scheer sold its pelletizer business to Reduction Engineering Inc.
Bay bought out Scheer's stake and became an independent company again.
The Forgash name goes way back, to 1948 when Anthony Forgash Sr. opened Jetro as a tool and die shop. He hired his son in 1961. The company did a lot of repair work for Dow Chemical Co. in nearby Midland, Mich., and young Tony figured out a way to make a better pelletizer by welding Stellite hard-facing material onto the cutting edges of the rotor.
Conair bought Jetro in 1974. Conair's Jetro division increased its market share to become the major brand in North America.