Lauren International makes significant investments in Edgetech, LMI

June 3, 2009
COMMERCIAL : MARKETING

Despite the down economy, Lauren International, New Philadelphia, Ohio, parent company to Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, and LMI Custom Mixing, Cambridge, has made significant investments in equipment, information technology and processes over the past two years, according to a June 2 Edgetech release. As a result, in April, Edgetech achieved record-breaking sales.

“Continuous improvement initiatives have always been the backbone of Edgetech’s success,” said Mike Hovan, president, Edgetech I.G., in the release “At a time when many companies have cut back and allowed customer service to suffer, we have continued to make investments that enhance the customer experience by improving efficiency and product quality.”

Hovan credits the sales surge, in part, to the passing of the stimulus bill, which created a demand for high-performance products that contribute to energy savings, such as Super Spacer. He also credits Lauren International’s investment in LMI Custom Mixing.

“LMI is the premier, state-of-the-art mixing facility in the entire world,” Hovan said in the release. “It would be virtually impossible to duplicate the quality of EPDM rubber from LMI, which is used in a large portion of our Super Spacer products. Customers can be confident in the quality, consistency and durability of our products because of these investments and LMI’s earned reputation as a world leader in polymer technology.”

In 2007, Lauren International installed a $4.5 million, world-class polymer mixing system that more than doubled the company’s production capacity, according to the release. A year later, the company invested an additional $1.2 million in upgrading LMI’s original mixing line and system control software to improve production efficiencies and repeatability of batch quality.

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