R&B makes expansion plans


Less than a year after its sister moldmaking operation announced an expansion, R&B Plastics Machinery LLC laid out plans to expand its manufacturing space and add a tech center and a lunch room to its Saline, MI facility. Caroyln Reed, R&B's sales and marketing specialist, and Lawrence Weber, director of mechanical engineering, told PlasticsToday that a growing packaging market, driven by an ongoing push for new sizes, styles, and shapes, as well as continued strength in medical business and a resurgent automotive sector, are forcing the expansion for the supplier of blowmolding machines, trimmer systems, feedscrews, and, for the last three years, private lable single-screw extruders.

Reed said the increased business has also shifted the company into a hiring mode, which has it looking to add more field service technicians after recently bringing on a mechanical engineer and a new electrical specialist, as well as Davis-Standard veteran, Frank Kennedy. Kennedy will work for R&B as its sales manager of blowmolding products and MAX single-screw extruders.
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