“We’ll be a much different company five years from now,” says Channeled Resources Group president/CEO Cindy White.
Founded on waste web-materials recycling in 1978, CRG has slowly been moving toward becoming a full-fledged, pressure-sensitive label stock and silicone release-liner converter. Now, its journey toward manufacturing has taken a major leap with the startup of a new 65-in.-wide coater (above) at the company’s Maratech plant in Marathon City, WI.
Check out this Photo Album from my visit this week
during CRG’s Open House:
CRG began its transition to manufacturing with the 1994 acquisition of GMC Coating, its specialized, narrow-web operation in Toronto, Canada. GMC’s niche is individualized products, particularly printed, differentially-coated paper release liners. With that operation running 24/7, CRG needed the expanded capacity now available with the new Wisconsin line.
Thirteen slitter/rewinders at Maratech are the heart of CRG’s contract converting business, where p-s roll materials, tapes and release liners are reworked in a 24/5 operation. With equipment from 20 to 82 in. wide, the systems can slit webs anywhere from 3/4 to 80 in. wide. One highlight is a Kampf Machinery Conslit slitter for a HACCP-certified cleanroom.