Republic Machine celebrates 100 years
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Industrial shredding equipment maker Republic Machine Inc. has reached the century mark.
The company began in 1911 in Louisville with the opening of Republic Welding Co., a 15-man automotive machine shop. George Sotsky and a partner acquired RWC in 1970, and the company began moving from an automotive focus to engineering and heavy-machinery manufacturing.
According to Republic Machine, much of the company's fast growth — from $450,000 in annual sales to more than $40 million by 2002, can be attributed to Sotsky, an electrical engineer determined to improve the way machines work.
In 2004, most of the Republic brands were sold to employees and outside investors, Sotsky and his partner retained ownership of Republic Machine, which produces industrial shredders for the recycling market. Sotsky, president and CEO, said the company designs shredders for specific applications.
“We look at problems that keep our customers from shredding carpet, pipes and other products in an efficient and cost-effective way,” Slotsky said. “Then we develop, via state-of-the-art engineering technology, a mechanical way to resolve the problem.” For example, the company's engineers re-engineered a pipe shredder to handle pipes up to 60 feet long, so customers do not have to cut long lengths of pipe before shredding. Tel. 816-868-5111, email jasonb @republicmachine.com.
Printing equipment maker Inkcups is 10
DANVERS, MASS. — Inkcups Now Corp., a Danvers maker of equipment for pad printing, screen printing, inkjet printing and laser engraving, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The company began 10 years ago in Ben Adner's basement, with a single product: the Versa- Cup ink cup. Soon, he brought aboard Elaine Brown, the operations manager, then Bob Taylor, the production manager, followed by Mike Bissel as vice president and Paul Strunk, national sales manager.
Tel. 978-646-8980, email [email protected]
Dynamic Conveyor marking 20th year
MUSKEGON, MICH. — Dynamic Conveyor Corp. in Muskegon — known as DynaCon — is celebrating 20 years in business.
DynaCon offers customers the opportunity to configure, or reconfigure, conveyor lines, as opposed to fixed-position steel conveyors, according to President Jill Batka.
The company uses lightweight, high-impact plastic units that interlock like Lego building blocks. “Over the past 20 years, reconfigurable conveyor technology has become essential for companies who need to move a lot of products on a continuous basis, and reconfigure production lines quickly,” Batka said.
Tel. 800-640-6850, fax 231-798- 9583, email [email protected]
Arburg celebrates as Allrounder turns 50
LOSSBURG, GERMANY — Arburg GmbH + Co. KG is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Allrounder injection molding machine — an innovation launched in 1961 as an injection press with a pivoting clamping unit and an interchangeable injection unit.
The Allrounder was the world's first injection press that could operate in seven positions, so it enabled early multicomponent molding. Lossburg-based Arburg is celebrating the anniversary with a series of 30 events around the world.
Karl Hehl invented the Allrounder principle, which broke from the use of a rigid construction: a rotation point with a screw drive and equal axis distances that enabled both a horizontal or vertical arrangement of the clamping and injection units.
Tel. 49-0-744-633-3295, fax 49-0- 744-633-3413.