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.
Woodruff Grows Management Team with New Plant Manager
Richmond, Indiana, February 17, 2016 – Woodruff Corporation, the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of Todd Gray as plant manager at the company’s Richmond facility. Woodruff, a division of Primex Plastics, is headquartered in Richmond, Indiana.
Gray, who most recently was the production manager NSK Corporation’s Liberty, Ind. facility, will be responsible for all manufacturing operations and personnel and will report to operations manager Chris Helms. Gray was with NSK for 19 years, where he quickly rose through the ranks and directed a team of 140.
“Woodruff is expanding rapidly,” according to Helms, “and we needed a seasoned professional like Todd to keep us moving forward. We are concentrating on new solutions for our customers and we required someone with Todd’s experience in a high-volume environment”.
According to Primex Plastics HR Director Darin Dubbs, “The need for a well-rounded production veteran was significant in our search. We feel we now have the right person to solidify our management team at Woodruff. This recruiting process is consistent with our ongoing efforts to continuously improve our human capital throughout our organization”.
“Woodruff is known for the quality of our products, but I see a lot of opportunity to expand our operation and offer our customers solutions they haven’t even thought of yet,” said Helms. “To aid our expansion, we are adding two new pieces of die-cutting equipment and an in-line converting machine which improves our ability to get products to the market much faster.”
With a recent emphasis on sustainability, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce waste by deploying reusable and recyclable packaging. Woodruff offers instant green solutions and cost savings to anyone shipping raw materials, components or finished goods.
From pellet to package, Woodruff does it all! Packaging, shipping containers, logistics, storage and point of sale, are just a few of our specialties. As part of the Primex Plastics “One Company” family of companies which includes O’Neil Color & Compounding, Woodruff offers a full production lifecycle from raw materials and design through prototyping and recycling. For more information, call (800) 935-2990 or visit www.primexfabrication.com.
Woodruff Corporation Joins Reusable Packaging Association Efforts
Tampa, FL, Nov. 18, 2015 – Woodruff Corpororation has joined the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), adding their expertise to the association’s mission of expanding the use and value of reusable packaging systems. Woodruff Corporation designs and manufactures reusable, returnable, and recyclable corrugated plastic packaging.
“We are dedicated to helping the market understand the value, efficiencies, and environmental impact of reusable packaging,” said Doug Borgsdorf, Business Unit Director of Woodruff Corporation. “We believe that partnering with the RPA will help us broaden the reach of our message while supporting the RPA’s efforts to educate the marketplace.”
The growth in RPA membership expands the association’s scope and knowledge base in the transport packaging market, enabling RPA to more broadly represent and serve the common interests of the reusable industry. “We are thrilled to have Woodruff join our advocacy for reusable packaging systems,” said Tim Debus, RPA President. “The RPA team is excited to work with them on our industry initiatives that demonstrate why reusable packaging is the preferred choice for higher-performing, lower-cost, and more sustainable supply chains.”
About Woodruff Corporation
Woodruff offers a full line of custom packaging, handling, shipping, and storage solutions for virtually every industry. Its products include containers, product protection, material handling, and point-of-sale displays made from corrugated plastic, foam, and other materials. As part of the Primex Plastics “One Company” partnership, consisting of Woodruff, Primex and O’Neil Color & Compounding, Woodruff offers a full range of materials, compounds, and configurations for virtually every packaging need from raw materials through recycling. www.primexfabrication.com
About the Reusable Packaging Association
The Reusable Packaging Association is the trade organization for suppliers and users of reusable packaging products and services. RPA represents the common business interests of material providers, manufacturers, poolers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers who benefit from the environmental, improved handling, and economic attributes of reusable packaging. The RPA serves as the collective voice of the industry and promotes the adoption of reusable packaging throughout supply chains. For more information, visit http://www.reusables.org or call (813) 358-5327.
Woodruff Installs Precision Cutting Capabilities for Plastic Containers
Richmond, Indiana – Woodruff Corporation, the leading manufacturer of reusable, recyclable plastic shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, is pleased to announce the addition of precision cutting capabilities to its Richmond, Indiana production facility. Woodruff is a division of Primex Plastics, also headquartered in Richmond.
Woodruff has created a separate facility within their plant centered on the Wardjet-2543 Pure Water & Abrasive Waterjet machine which features linear positional accuracy of +/- 0.08mm (0.003″) per axis, 5-axis cutting, drilling and tapping in a wide variety of materials.
According to Woodruff General Manager Doug Borgsdorf, “We are making a substantial investment in equipment and personnel in order to provide this new service for our customers. This will allow more capabilities and faster service for our complete packaging solutions.”
With a recent emphasis on sustainability, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce waste by deploying reusable and recyclable packaging. Woodruff offers instant green solutions and cost savings to any company shipping raw materials, components or finished goods.
For more information on Woodruff’s full line of products visit us at Pack Expo 2014, Lakeside Upper Hall, booth 6648 or www.primexfabrication.com or call 800-935-2990.