Koba Corp. President Joseph Koelmel recently retired at age 82, but the horticulture supplier of containers and accessories continues to follow the lead of its founders.
Koelmel and Franz Bach Sr. started the company in 1966 as a toolmaking operation but by 1968 decided to do injection molding as well. Bach is replacing Koelmel as president, and members of both families continue to stay involved in the Middlesex-based company.
Koelmel's son Gordon is the sales manager, while his daughter-in-law Joan is manager of in-house sales and transportation. Franz Bach Jr. is operations manager while his sister Ursula is finance manager.
The company supplies greenhouses worldwide and has expanded its facility to more than 30,000 square feet.
Bach Jr. said Koba is planning to add three retrofitted Demag presses by the fall. The newer machines will be 230, 250 and 400 tons and two will replace older presses, giving the company a total of 21 injection molding machines, ranging in size from 110-500 tons of clamping force.
The company also replaced three machines last year.
“As my father says, when the economy is down, our business is up,” said Franz Bach Jr.
He added that Koba continues to do research and development on tooling and expand its number of molds.
Bach Jr. said the company added three molds last year and plans to add three more.