The growth and evolution of Bay Plastics Machinery Co. is on display at K 2022.
The 61-year-old, family-owned firm from Bay City, Mich., has come to the sprawling show to gain a greater foothold in Europe, as well as showcase two new pelletizers for the plastics, chemical and feedstock industries. The strand pelletizers — one that can produce up to 25,000 pounds per hour and another lab pelletizer for use in the testing phases, producing as little as 10 pounds per hour — can be designed specifically to customer requirements.
"We design, engineer and manufacture in-house," said Jim Forgash, vice president of sales. "We are truly a custom manufacturer of equipment, and this separates us from the big guys. Our claim to fame is that we are going to specialize it. We help develop options with our machines … whether they are for under-the-hood car components, compound bows or helmets."
And the interest thus far at their booth has been "very good," Forgash said Oct. 19.
"We have high expectations," he said. "Business for the last three years has been on fire. … We have had record year after record year after record year. Now that everyone is getting back out into the world again, this [expo] will help our efforts even further."
Jim's brother, Jeff, vice president of sales for parts and service at Bay Plastics, noted that he is "excited about the opportunities in Europe and its expanded market."
"I think it's the quality of workmanship that we bring," he said. "Being a third-generation owner, we take extra pride in being a family business. Quality is of utmost importance. … We will always err on the side of our customer relationships, almost to a fault."
BPM has 52 employees across three sites — all of which are located in Bay City — that together comprise about 45,000 square feet of manufacturing space.