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Ravago Supplying Key Materials for COVID Response

Materials distributed by the firm are used in many products used by medical responders treating COVID-19 patients.

Ravago Americas says it and its subsidiaries are positioned to meet the challenge of
materials demand related to COVID-19.

Orlando, Fla.-based Ravago’s distribution units include Amco Polymers, Burcham
International, Channel Prime Alliance, Entec Polymers, Genesis Polymers and Muehlstein; as well as its own chemicals and manufacturing units. In an April 13 news release, officials said that all of these businesses “are helping to meet the urgent demand for polymers and chemicals used in critical products for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 for protection of those on the front lines.”

Products using materials distributed by Ravago include test kits, diagnostic consumables, ventilator components and personal protection equipment (PPE), including face shields. Ravago’s chemicals unit also is providing ingredients used in hand sanitizers and other critical products to help slow the spread of the virus.

Officials said that Ravago “is in constant contact” with suppliers, warehouses and logistics teams to manage the changing dynamics of the outbreak while addressing high demand for polymers and chemicals from key medical OEMs and contract manufacturers.

“Ravago has been a key supplier to the medical and packaging industries for decades and we are humbled to do our part to help combat this pandemic,” CEO Jim Duffy said in the release.

“With our extensive network of distribution centers throughout North and South America, we are able to position essential products close to where they are needed for key medical customers to respond to intense market demand for diagnostic tests, medical devices and PPE as fast as possible,” he added.

Ravago employs 7,000 worldwide and sells more than 12 billion pounds of resins and
compounds per year. The firm’s compounding and recycling facilities have more than 2
billion pounds of annual production capacity.

Channel Prime Alliance is the exclusive distributor of G&E products.

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Goldsmith & Eggleton Announces Laboratory Renovation

New equipment, information systems
and streamlining enhances technical services and customer support

Goldsmith & Eggleton (G&E) is excited to announce the renovation of their polymer laboratory facility. As part of a modernization initiative at the G&E facilities, the renovation adds upgraded pieces of equipment such as an RPA Elite and 3 MV1 Mooney machines. Additionally, a new furnace and ash oven have been installed. The project will also entail a full renovation of the lab mill, physical remodel of the laboratory space and the updating of the information systems. The goals of the improvements are to adhere to the 5S philosophy, implement continuous improvements and assure that customers receive the highest quality product. The newly remodeled lab will also provide enhanced technical support services to G&E’s customers and sales team. “The quality of the lab and what it delivers to our business is critical. We had a vision to make the lab as efficient as possible through technology, and to park our new equipment in an environment that highlighted our recent investments,” said Gina Undicelli, a Chemical Engineer that carries the role of Quality Manager and oversees the lab operations and its systems. Another aspect of the renovation of the lab will be to modernize the information systems, infrastructure and data collection. The lab will be virtually paperless. All test results and reporting will be directly exported from the equipment to a database, eliminating written forms. Digitizing the processes reduces the chance of human error and aids in data storage and retrieval. The modernization will create efficiencies and streamline the operations of the lab.

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Goldsmith & Eggleton Honored to Celebrate 50 Years as a Part of the Rubber Industry

Goldsmith & Eggleton (G&E) is honored to celebrate 50 wonderful years as a part of the rubber industry. G&E started as a family business, grew with extremely dedicated employees, suppliers, customers and partners, and expanded our footprint within the Ravago Holdings America family. The company truly values all those close relationships and attributes its success to them – its people. Their continued loyalty and hard work ethic are the driving factors why G&E has been an enduring leader in the industry. Throughout the years, Goldsmith & Eggleton has evolved with the rubber industry, adapting to its changes and embracing the vibrancy of the industry itself. 

This success dates back to 1968 when Allan Goldsmith and Bob Eggleton formed G&E to service a growing market need for distribution of raw rubber materials. Shortly after the company was formed, Joe Fagan and Marvin Weintraub joined as equal partners along with Dick Data who served as Operations Manager. It quickly outgrew its first location in downtown Akron and relocated to Gilchrist Road on the east side. During that time, G&E opened branch offices in Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta and Barcelona, Spain, and business began to evolve from resellers of off-specification and scrap polymers to distributors of prime Rubber, Rubber Chemicals and Thermoplastic Resins.

In the mid-1980s, G&E began leasing a manufacturing complex in Wadsworth, Ohio, which became the company’s first serious entre into the reprocessing business. In 1991, a catastrophic fire at the Akron site forced the company to purchase and relocate to the site in Wadsworth, Ohio, where it continues to operate a Carbon Black Masterbatch plant and reprocessing facility today. In 2012, G&E was purchased by Ravago Holdings America, and subsequently has aligned with Channel Prime Alliance as their sole distributor. For 50 years, G&E’s family of dedicated employees and suppliers worked tirelessly to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction, giving our customers quality work, products and providing a welcoming family environment. This video truly exemplifies 50 years of G&E’s wonderful history through its people, expertly showcasing its legacy.

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Channel Prime Alliance and Goldsmith & Eggleton Your Channel to Rubber

WADSWORTH, OHIO—September 7, 2016—A union that began three years ago between Channel Prime Alliance (CPA) and its exclusive rubber manufacturing supplier Goldsmith & Eggleton (G&E) has resulted in the rubber industry’s preeminent raw materials distribution team. CPA is a full-service distributor of synthetic rubber polymers, reprocessed elastomers and Carbon Black Masterbatches.

“The value proposition to the rubber industry is total coast-to-coast coverage by an experienced sales force, comprehensive technical support and customer service, and an unparalleled product offering,” said Michael Fagan, CPA’s business director, rubber and elastomers. “CPA’s partnerships with our suppliers of Prime Elastomers, Carbon Black, TPU and TPV complement the G&E product line.”

Since the partnership began, CPA and G&E, both Ravago companies, have strengthened their portfolios, grown the number of sales representatives to 60 and broadened the company’s product offering. CPA, which is an industry leader in plastic resin distribution, now offers a broad portfolio of rubber polymers and elastomeric raw materials.

When the International Elastomer Conference (IEC) visits Pittsburgh, Oct. 10-13, the CPA sales team, along with the company’s principal suppliers, will be onsite at the CPA trade show booth 917. Each day a name will be drawn to win an electronic tablet, so those who stop by the booth are encouraged to leave a business card for eligibility. Winner must be present at the 4:30 p.m. drawing each day to receive prize.

“Come visit booth 917 at the IEC and see how CPA truly is Your Channel to Rubber,” Fagan said.

CPA’s Iowa-based headquarters is home to the sales and customer service departments, which coordinate the logistics and distribution of Plastics resins and Elastomers. G&E maintains its manufacturing facility in Ohio producing a full line of reprocessed elastomers and Masterbatches.

For more information, visit or call 800.321.0954.

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Goldsmith & Eggleton Proudly Accepts the Outstanding Business of the Year Award

Wadsworth, OH- The Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce proudly celebrated the 31st annual Rosie awards along with several local and community leaders on March 30, 2011. In attendance was Goldsmith & Eggleton taking home the Outstanding Business of the Year Award.

Vice President of Goldsmith & Eggleton, Rob Eggleton said, “I proudly accepted the Award from the Chamber on behalf of the 110 employee owners of G&E. I personally thank the Mayor, City Services Director and the Superintendent of Wadsworth Schools for creating a thriving environment for business and a great community in which to raise a family.”

The award was given in appreciation for the employee-owned rubber company which continues to support the Wadsworth community through its business leadership and dedication.

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G&E Promotes Two Key Executives

Goldsmith & Eggleton is pleased to announce that senior leadership has promoted two key executives to newly created director level positions.

Jeff Brabham has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Global Sales. In this position, Brabham will develop sales for G&E processed and traded materials to both domestic and international customers. In his previous role as Account Executive with the company, Brabham has been instrumental in building G&E brand recognition and increasing material sales to the emerging Asia Pacific marketplace.

Eric Davies has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Manufacturing Operations. Davies will continue to be responsible for all manufacturing and production operations, the physical plant and all maintenance duties. In this new position, Davies will also be involved in strategy development for machinery and capital improvements. Davies has served 18 years with G&E, working in virtually all operation areas of the company.

According to Michael Fagan, President of Goldsmith & Eggleton, “We are extremely proud of the employees that keep Goldsmith & Eggleton at the forefront of the rubber industry. These promotions recognize the extraordinary achievement and leadership that these two individuals have made in our organization.”