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

Primex Design & Fabrication Enhances Design Team

Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of James Orick to the position of design engineer. The addition of Orick to the product design team results from increased business and PD&F’s commitment to delivering quicker response time in developing customer solutions.

Orick will work with sales representatives in translating customer specifications into packaging and shipping solutions. He comes to Primex following 20 years with Georgia Pacific where he held positions in customer service, planning, design and production. Orrick will report to PD&F Operations Manager Chris Helms.

According to Helms, “James’ many years in positions of increasing responsibility will be an immediate asset to PD&F. We look forward to his contributions.”

“I know how important the design function is to our customers and I’m excited to be joining the Primex family during this important time,” said Orick.

Orick holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Wilmington University in Delaware.

The One Company Solution

Plastics Technology Magazine features an overview of Primex and its “One Company” family of products and services.

Primex has vertically integrated its color compounding, sheet extrusion, and fabrication businesses to provide a single-source solution to customers in a wide range of industries.

Primex Plastics: The name evokes a long history of innovation and tradition in sheet extrusion. That’s understandable. The company was founded in 1965 with the goal of becoming the leader in the custom sheet extrusion industry. It started in Englewood, N.J., with three extruders. Today, it runs 125 extrusion lines in six plants in the U.S. and Great Britain. Extruders ranging in size from 4.5 to 8 in. produce sheet at widths from 54 to 180 in. and in thicknesses from 0.006 to 0.5 in. Company-wide, it carries a raw-material inventory of 70 million lb. Headquartered in Richmond, Ind., the company produces about 500 million lb of sheet per year, employs 1250 people, and has annual sales of about $500 million. Primex is part of ICC Industries, a New York-based holding company that owns various firms in plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

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Primex Design & Fabrication Improves Prototyping Time with New Appointment

Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson to the position of sample department coordinator. She was previously a design engineer for the company for twenty years.  

Robinson will be responsible for the creation, production and delivery of prototypes and samples to PD&F customers. “Our design and rapid prototyping capabilities set us apart from our competition,” says Robinson. “We normally are able to design and deliver custom samples within a 24-48-hour window. 

Robinson’s position represents a critical touchpoint with customers during the initial phase of a new project. “I will be communicating with customers, answering questions and helping them with design solutions. With my 20 years’ experience as a designer, I have a good insight on what a customer needs in a finished product,” Robinson says. 

PD&F is committed to accurate functional prototypes. The goals are to provide a perfect solution to the customers’ design needs, faster turnaround and accurate prototypes the first time. The appointment of Robinson brings stronger, more experienced management to this function.

New CAD Table Speeds Time to Market

The addition of a Kongsberg C64 automated cutting table is helping Primex Design & Fabrication (PD&F) decrease time to market for its customers. The new high-speed table is capable of handling plastic sheet goods as large as 126” X 126” at thicknesses from 2 to 10 mm. This allows PD&F to complete both prototypes and finished products quicker and more accurately than before.

In conjunction with PD&F’s computer aided design center, Sample Coordinator Debbie Robinson is moving work from concept to production in record times, allowing the company to exceed customer demand and improve throughput. PD&F veteran Robinson was recently promoted to this position in order to manage work flow and ensure customer expectations are being met.

PD&F (formerly Woodruff Corporation) produces a wide range of plastic reusable, returnable and recyclable shipping, storage, point of sale, work-in-progress and internal protective packaging. According to Robinson, “most of our products are custom-designed for very specific needs, so our ability to go from customer request to sample and on to production quickly defines our competitive edge. The addition of this new cutting table greatly enhances that capability.”

As part of the Primex Plastics “One Company” family of companies, Primex Fabrication offers a full production lifecycle from raw materials and design, through prototyping and recycling. Through our “One Company” we can leverage all our resources, including technical development at our John J. Farber Technology and Innovation Center, centralized quality control, faster delivery and a single point of contact for the entire process. All our Business Managers are cross trained and well versed in the entire Primex family of materials, services and expertise, allowing them to offer our customers a more comprehensive approach to their needs.