News 2017-12-14T15:47:05+00:00

PD&F Supports Local Students and Manufacturing Sector

This past Fall and Spring Primex Design & Fabrication was proud to partner with three students from the Ivy Tech Richmond Campus on industrial design projects. PD&F offered the students the opportunity to participate in real-world product design by creating new products using the unique Bubble-X™ extruded sheet material. Professor Patrick Piper supervised the students on behalf of Ivy Tech. Debbie Robinson and Shannon Davis coordinated the projects for Primex.

The objective of the partnership was to expose Ivy Tech students to the vast opportunities in the manufacturing sector by allowing them to design, create and plan the marketing of new products using the Bubble-X material.

Tyler Moore – graduating this Spring with an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Tyler has created an alternative solution to the typical application of plywood to windows as protection in hurricanes. The use of Bubble-X with a unique attachment system is a lighter weight and less expensive alternative to plywood. 9.5mm Bubble-X is less than 50 percent of the weight and half the cost of ½ inch plywood. With the attachment system, a custom-sized sheet of Bubble-X can be applied to a window in seconds without the need for nailing and disfiguring the window trim. Additionally, due to its durability and water proof characteristics, the Bubble-X sheet is reusable, while plywood gets wet and needs to be discarded after every use.

Shannon Stump – graduating Fall of 2017 in Engineering Technology. Shannon has designed a new lightweight and foldable pet carrier system. The carrier can be manufactured in virtually any size. The prototype carrier has been tested to 37 pounds. The carrier is durable, reusable, and easy to clean. Since the carrier is foldable, it takes up substantially less space on retail shelves than existing molded pet carriers.

Roger French – pursuing a degree in Engineering Technology. Roger has created an indoor/outdoor sign system. Bubble-X is durable and 100 percent recyclable and can be printed or laminated. Most outdoor signs are currently produced with corrugated plastic material which is not as durable and shows lines in its surface, presenting a less appealing appearance. Bubble-X’s surface is totally smooth. Roger’s sign system, which includes a tubular steel frame, is easy to change out and can be scaled to 4 X 8 foot panels. He is also designing a frame system that can be applied to long haul trucks without adding much weight.

At a luncheon on May 25 the students will present their projects to a panel that will include Primex Plastics President Mike Cramer, and a representative of Primex’s parent company, ICC Industries. After evaluation and testing, Primex Design & Fabrication will manufacture and market the selected products.

Woodruff / O’Neil Announce Name Change

Woodruff Corporation, the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, and O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, have announced a change of their names to Primex Design & Fabrication and Primex Color, Compounding & Additives, respectively. Both companies are divisions of sheet extruder Primex Plastics Corporation, a subsidiary of ICC Industries.

 “The new names are more indicative of who we are, what we do and our relationships with our parent company, our customers, employees and suppliers,” said Doug Borgsdorf, Primex’s Business Unit Director for Woodruff and O’Neil. 

 Though the new names don’t become official until January 1, 2017, both companies are using Pack Expo 2016 (Chicago, November 6-9) to launch what they call the “one company” concept. “We want to use this opportunity to introduce our various constituents to, not only the new names, but the important changes in the way we interface with the market,” said Borgsdorf.

 “The new names reflect an emphasis on the synergies between Woodruff, O’Neil and Primex in delivering total solutions to our customers, from materials through recycling,” said Primex President Mike Cramer. But it’s more than one-stop shopping. It’s involvement at the project development stage, ensuring all of Primex’s assets are employed to solve customer challenges and offer the best solutions. According to Cramer, these resources include technical development at Primex’s John J. Farber Technology and Innovation Center, centralized quality control, faster delivery and a single point of contact for the entire process. “All of our Business Managers will be cross trained and well versed in the entire Primex family of services and expertise, allowing them to offer our customers a more comprehensive approach to their needs,” said Tim Schultz, Primex Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

 An additional benefit to the changes include customer access to Primex’s vast inventory and local distribution network. These encompass five U.S. locations and one in Europe, providing just-in-time (JIT) materials for manufacturers along with 24/7 technical support.

 “The name changes allow our companies to approach the market with one unified brand, one that has stood for high quality, innovative products since 1965,” said Schultz.


New Primex Fabrication Shipping Sleeves Provide Recyclable, Reusable System for Durability and Reduced Weight

Richmond, Indiana – Primex Design & Fabrication (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, has announced the release of Bubble-X® Sleeve Pak durable sleeves for shipping. 

Primex Fabrication will be exhibiting the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak system at Pack Expo 2016 booth E-6782, November 6-9 in Chicago.

Bubble-X-Sleeve-PakCombined with a matching pallet and cover, Sleeve Pak is the perfect lightweight, returnable, reusable and recyclable solution. Primex’s high density bubble board delivers protective rigidity along with moisture and chemical resistance. All surfaces of the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak can be screen printed to ensure brand integrity. 

Since Primex Sleeve Paks can be folded flat, they require minimal space for storage and return shipment. Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is made from 100 percent recyclable polypropylene and comes in a variety of standard sizes and colors. 

Bubble X’s unique twin-sheet plastic co-extrusion creates double-walled, three-dimensional board that is 20 times stronger than corrugated paperboard construction. No other process nor material produces this exceptional strength to weight ratio. According to Primex Design & Fabrication Business Unit Director Doug Borgsdorf, “our product is the only one manufactured in North America, thus allowing us to produce custom sizes, colors, wall thicknesses and other properties for our customers and provide rapid delivery for very specific applications. 

TS Tech Americas of Reynoldsburg, Ohio purchased nearly four thousand Bubble-X Sleeve Pak systems including pallets this past June. The Sleeve Paks are used to ship automotive seat frame parts from Mexico to an assembly facility in Ohio. Corporate Manufacturing Administrator Geoffrey Gay needed a custom size and color to match existing containers used by the facility. “We needed a durable, lightweight solution to reduce shipping costs and ensure we could stack the containers three high,” said Gay. 

Primex Design & Fabrication designed the perfect solution for TS Tech, printed the containers to match existing packaging and, because of U.S.-based manufacturing, beat the customer’s delivery expectations. “We can now fit 90 containers in a 53-foot van. By using Bubble-X products, we can reduce the total number of trucks by nearly 40 percent,” said Gay. 

The Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is part of an entire shipping solution which includes pallets, covers and customized internal components such as foam inserts and dividers. Primex Fabrication can custom-formulate the Bubble-X board to include characteristics such as UV protection, anti-stat and vapor inhibitor.

Standard Sizes

40″ x 40″
40″ x 48″
44″ x 44″
44″ x 54″
45″ x 48″

Technical Specifications



Woodruff Cited for Contributions to Local Growth


May 3, 2016 – The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County had its annual meeting Monday, where it celebrated 2015 — a year of growth for the area’s workforce — and gave a glimpse into what the region can expect for the
rest of this year.

In 2015, the EDC completed 12 major projects totaling $27.59 million. The projects accounted for the creation of 232 new jobs and the retention of nearly 100 others. The economic development body also celebrated its outgoing board members, Lee Elzemeyer, Brett Guiley, John Meredith and Bill Quigg, during the event at Forest Hills Country Club on Richmond’s south side.

“It was a fantastic year for us, and we are really thrilled by the developments that we were able to help bring together,” said Valerie Shaffer, president of the EDC. “There’s a lot of potential here, and I think we’ll continue seeing growth in Wayne County in the near future.”

Shaffer said the past year’s accomplishments are more greatly enhanced by the ongoing work being done to bring new developments to the Wayne County area. This includes Omen USA, a subsidiary of an Israeli company that anufactures auto body parts, which announced in January it would move to the area, as well as ongoing efforts to bring a pet food processor to the area through Project Dove.

She said even after those kinds of investments are agreed upon, the work continues behind the scenes.

“It’s not like everything stops after the announcement is made,” Shaffer said. “We still work closely with the companies and do all we can to make sure the process is seamless. They’re making an investment in our community, so we make just as big an investment in them.”

Shaffer said the county development group also is working with Jay and Randolph counties to create a web platform for those seeking career opportunities.

“Each county sits along the U.S. 27 corridor, and that’s a really great place to operate and maintain businesses, we think,” she said. “We’re really looking forward to bringing more talent to the area — and helping (those counties) do the same thing.”

Highlights from 2015 include:

  • Two Jason Industries subsidiaries, Janesville Acoustics and Osborn International, announced significant investments in the area. Janesville announced a new facility in Richmond with 87 new jobs and an investment worth $12 million while Osborn moved its Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters to the area through an investment of $1.87 million and the creation of 37 jobs.
  • Perpetual Recycling Solutions signed on to invest $5.2 million in new machinery, building improvements and employee training.
  • Suncall America Inc. planned to purchase equipment to increase its product line and build a 10,000-square-foot addition to accommodate the new machinery. Its investments are expected to be worth about $3.6 million.
  • Innomark Communications, formerly Grafcor Inc., expanded its business in Richmond. The project created 33 jobs and retained 17. The company also planned to invest about $1.5 million in building improvements, relocation and installation of equipment, and the purchase of new IT equipment, as well as employee training.
  • Ahaus Tool & Engineering has expanded its assembly area. The project resulted in nearly $700,000 in investment and created 11 jobs.
  • JM Hutton and Company Inc. expanded its product lines with a new equipment purchase. An investment of $657,000 led to the retention of five jobs.
  • Noble Order Brewing Co. planned to add 10 jobs and invest more than $570,000. The craft brewer also recently opened a Zionsville, Ind., tap room, which was not a result of the EDC’s efforts but was noted as another sign of growth for the Richmond-based company.
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. pledged to invest more than $500,000 to build a training center at its facility to provide basic and advanced manufacturing skills for all employees.
  • Woodruff Corporation purchased a new water jet cutting line. It planned to invest more than $400,000 and create six jobs.
  • Contact Industrial Tooling (CIT) planned to invest more than $300,000 to build a 10,000-square-foot addition onto the company’s existing facility.
  • Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center built out three nurses stations, purchased and installed new computer and IT equipment, and saw enhanced training programs for new employees. The $186,000 investment led to the creation of nearly 20 jobs.