Roembke DMT LLC more than tripled its size in California with the purchase of a 24,000-square-foot facility in Corona to house additional equipment and employees as the recently merged business looks to grow its presence in the aerospace market.
The company was formed earlier this year when Roembke Mfg. & Design Inc. of Ossian, Ind., bought Diversified Manufacturing Technologies Inc. of Placentia, Calif., in part to better serve its West Coast customers.
The deal kept DMT owners Mike McMillian and Tim Baber in place, added Greg Roembke, owner and president of the Indiana firm, and sent the trio looking for a larger facility in the state.
The former 7,000-square-foot DMT site in Placentia, Calif., was at capacity, Roembke, now a co-owner of Roembke DMT, said in a phone interview.
"It would've been difficult to add any more machines," he said. "The only option to add extra capacity was to start alternate shifts. With DMT's goal for growth, we searched for a new building and luckily found one in a newer industrial park in Corona."
DMT makes rubber and plastic molds and machines precision parts for the aerospace, military, medical, automotive, electronics and commercial markets while the Roembke side of the business makes liquid silicone rubber, rubber and plastic molds and offers LSR cold decks, automated molding and downstream solutions.
With estimated annual sales of $10 million in 2020, Roembke Mfg. & Design ranked No. 55 in Plastics News' most recent ranking of North American mold makers.
Roembke said sales are closer to $20 million following the merger and factoring in a related business he owns called DF Automation.
For Roembke DMT, the owners see opportunity. They bought and installed a new bridge mill and have another on order for the Corona site.
"It will be delivered at end of the summer, hopefully. That new bridge mill will focus on the expansion of our aerospace business," Roembke said.
In the meantime, the new owners expect to complete the move from Placentia and be back in business in Corona in the first week of June.
"We will accomplish all machine moves from disassembly to machines cutting steel with less than one week of downtime," Roembke said.
The company will be hiring skilled machinists and mold makers.
"We're looking to add people in the manufacturing area and across the board," Roembke said. "With the growth expectation we have, I'm sure we will be adding to our engineering department as well. Sales have been great and it has been a good merger."