As thermoformer Fabri-Form Co. of New Concord, Ohio, undergoes a leadership change, officials also are settling on a site in Mexico to establish thermoforming operations.
Newly named President Rob Zachrich answered questions during an Oct. 6 telephone interview. He said the company plans to be in light production by the end of the year. Officials are deciding between Saltillo and Monterrey, Mexico.
“There is a good concentration of existing and new potential business for industrial thermoforming” there, he said.
Fabri-Form was founded in 1943 by Jack Knight. The company primarily serves the heavy-truck and reusable-packaging industries and has increased its market share, Zachrich said.
Over the past year, Fabri-Form has added capacity and different capabilities. Its Bluffton, Ind., site welcomed a twin-sheet thermoforming machine. Fabri-Form also has been adding to its downstream operations, specifically at its Pekin, Ind., facility.
In addition, “We're making investments in improving throughputs and efficiencies in Byesville, Ohio,” Zachrich said. “We're really gearing up for growth and being cost-effective. Each of its main markets is growing very strongly right now and internal growth has been significant.”
The company is focusing on growth in new markets, too.
“A lot of investment, attention and effort is coming from entering new markets that we're working on right now,” he said.
Fabri-Form manufactures parts for markets including agriculture, appliances, automotive, heavy truck, consumer products, industrial, lawn and garden, and shipping pallets. The firm ranked No. 35 among North American thermoformers in Plastics News' most recent survey, with 2010 sales of $50 million.