Solon, Ohio — Plastics Machinery Group, which buys and sells plastics equipment, is moving its machinery from a Cleveland-area warehouse into a steel fabricating plant, giving PMG more space and the ability to run machines, President and CEO Donald Kruschke said.
Solon-based Plastics Machinery Group bought Loveman Steel Corp. in nearby Bedford Heights, Ohio, at the end of last year. Now PMG is moving its machinery from the company's current warehouse in Berea, Ohio, which Kruschke said is "very, very tight" on space.
"It's packed," he said. "Basically standing room only."
Buying Loveman Steel is a major upgrade — 72,000 square feet, with six big overhead cranes and high ceilings. A big plus: an electrical system with 2,500 amps, which will enable PMG to run machines for prospective buyers in a showroom environment.
The 15,000-square-foot Berea warehouse lacks adequate power to run industrial equipment, and it does not have cranes. PMG had to buy special forklifts to move equipment in the cramped space, Kruschke said. And when someone from PMG wanted to show a piece of equipment, it turned into a half-day event, and a 30-mile drive each way. Once a machine is sold, that's more time.
"We've got to be there when trucks show up. And it's another half day. If the trucks are late, it's a full day," he said.
"So that was a massive, colossal waste of time," Kruschke said. PMG also has warehoused some machines on the West Coast.