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.
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.
Ray Schwartz and Justin Rosenbleeth Join the Primex Team
Primex Plastics Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Ray Schwartz to the position of product manager-protective packaging and Justin Rosenbleeth to the position of territory business manager for the Southeast.
Rosenbleeth has extensive experience in the plastics industry, having managed sales, production and engineering for compounders, a molding equipment OEM, molded products manufacturers and materials suppliers.
Schwartz has extensive experience in the reusable, returnable packaging industry as a solutions provider of plastic pallets, bulk containers, hand-held containers, and custom sleeve pack and interior dunnage products. He will primarily focus on selling for Primex’s Design & Fabrication division. His previous position was with ORBIS Corporation.
Rosenbleeth will work from Atlanta, Georgia and report to East Region Business Manager, Jeff Gusaeff. He can be reached at (404) 213-5879. Rosenbleeth is a graduate of Florida State University, having earned a BS in mechanical engineering in 1998.
Schwartz will work from the St. Louis area and report to Primex Vice President of Sales & Marketing Tim Schultz. He can be reached at (636) 445-0933. Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has extensive post-graduate course work and sales training.
Rosenbleeth says he looks forward to leveraging his vast experience in materials, extrusion, injection molding and equipment to help solve problems for his clients and expand Primex’s presence in the Southeast. He will focus mainly on selling for the Primex Color, Compounding & Additives business.
Last year Primex introduced the unique Bubble-X™ extruded board and the Primex Fabrication Bubble-X Sleeve Pak shipping container. “My experience working with customers in designing custom protective exterior and interior packaging systems is directly related to the need at Primex,” said Schwartz. “I’ve been selling reusable bulk container/sleeve pack products for much of my career, so I know I will be able to increase Primex’s presence in this market.”