Nearly two years removed from its last open house, auxiliary equipment supplier ACS Group hosted trade press at its New Berlin, WI assembly and manufacturing plant, highlighting how in the intervening years the company weathered 2009's recession and rebounded strongly in 2010, with 2011 off to a fast start as well.
"Starting in the fourth quarter of 2008, through most of 2009, I think everyone took a 40%-45% hit," Breslin said. "In 2010, we grew back 40%, and this year, equipment is up 60% across all product lines." Breslin said much of that growth can be attributed to a strategic decision in 2009 to focus available cash on new product development. It was those new products, including revamped chiller and blender lines, that have performed strongly for the ACS Group over that time, with four more new products announcements planned for coming weeks, including completely revamped portable chiller and desiccant drying systems.
Non-plastics activity is higher than plastics activity, according to Breslin, who noted that the company's plastics related sales now account for just under half of the ACS Group's business. Despite recent movement, the industry still represents its largest market. "I think the plastics side is in growth," Breslin said. "That's the overall feeling."...