EUGENE, Ore.-Tread rubber maker Oregon Rubber Co. has tripled its mixing capacity with the acquisition of two internal mixers and various mills, cooling conveyors and processing equipment. Oregon Rubber also purchased a 24,000-sq.-ft. facility in Corvallis, Ore., where it will move its custom- and internal-mixing operation by mid-year.
Presently, the mixing unit and the firm's tread rubber operation share a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant in Eugene, said Carl Sanders, president of the tread rubber unit.
Mr. Sanders declined to reveal the cost of the expansion, but said it was driven by business growth.
``Right now, we're so busy, we're mixing at other facilities and purchasing batches from outside,'' Mr. Sanders said.
With the expansion, the firm will have the capacity to mix 1,950 tons of rubber per month, about 40 percent of which will be used by its tread rubber unit.
Oliver workers approve contract
ATHENS, Ga.-United Rubber Workers Local 871 at Oliver Rubber Co.'s Athens tread rubber plant overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract March 18.
The pact included new work rules that reorganize all departments as craft centers and reclassify the workers as associates (the lowest rank), craftsmen and advanced craftsmen.
Oliver will pay workers depending on the number of tasks they can perform, said Local President James McKinney. Workers seeking higher wages can learn new tasks at the firm's training center.
In addition, the contract increases wages a total of 9 percent and boosts pensions by 10 percent.
Oliver management said they were satisfied with the contract.