Adhesives’ headquarters in South Bend, IN.
Royal Adhesives and Sealants LLC has announced plans to
invest $4.3 million in its South Bend,
IN, operations by adding
manufacturing and warehouse space. The project includes the purchase of
approximately $3.2 million in equipment, as well as the creation of 28 new jobs
for which the company will receive a local tax break and state grants.
“We talked to the City of South Bend and the State of Indiana to find out what
kind of benefits we might be able to get for making this expansion, hiring more
people, etc.,” said Royal Adhesives and
Sealants CEO Ted Clark. “South
Bend has approved a tax abatement for three years,
which was an important commitment we wanted to get from the city in support of
our expansion. We’ve also received employee training grants from the state that
we’ll use to train both existing and new operators in things like
problem-solving, 5S* and statistical process control. And we may also develop some specific curriculums
related to the processes we’re bringing into South Bend.”
Clark explained the construction of a new 8,300-square-foot production plant
and a 22,500-square-foot warehouse as part of Royal’s core strategy to
consolidate the six acquisitions it has made in the last five years in its
biggest plant in South Bend.
“We bought a business in Bellville,
NJ, called Hardman Adhesives that
has a facility that is larger than it really needs to be to do the production
it is currently doing,” he said. “So we’re moving epoxy and urethane adhesives
production from a 30,000-square-foot area to an 8,300-square-foot area, and
we’ll be able to produce the same amount of material - and probably even more -
by installing a much more efficient manufacturing flow.
“It’s expected to take nine months to get the buildings built, to get the
equipment in, and to get the customer qualification work done,” Clark added.
“We’ll continue to produce in Bellville until we’re up and running in South Bend.”
Equipment purchases for the new product plant include mixers, pilot mixers,
raw-material storage tanks and testing equipment.
5S is a philosophy and a way of organizing and managing the workspace and work
flow with the intent to improve efficiency by eliminating waste, improving
flow, and reducing process unevenness. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5S_(methodology)
About Royal Adhesives and Sealants
Adhesives and Sealants is a manufacturer and marketer of high-performance
adhesives, sealants, encapsulants, potting compounds, and mirror mastics. These
products are used in a variety of markets, including aerospace and defense;
assembly; automotive and recreational vehicle; electrical/electronic; filter;
marine; general industrial; flexible packaging; and paper converting. The
company, which employs 116 people at its South Bend, IN, operations, produces
the brand names Hardman®
, and Gunther®
For more information about the company, visit www.royaladhesives.com