Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. Announces It Has Completed Its Transformation Plan
SARASOTA, Fla.—January 28, 2019—Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. (OTCQB: UNIR or the “Company”) today announced that it has completed plans for the transformation of its Earby UK manufacturing plant to a state-of-the-art vinyl sheet production facility. When Uniroyal Global purchased the former Wardle Storeys facility, it envisioned a manufacturing site with high-tech equipment to better service its existing customer base and to expand capacity to allow it to penetrate new markets with improved quality and price competitive offerings. Since the acquisition, the company has invested over $11 million (£9 million) on new equipment and upgrades to modernize the production floor. A viable business plan for the Calender Operations, which produces extruded thin films and represents 5% of consolidated revenues, could not be economically developed or modernized and a decision has been made to de-commission the equipment and no longer offer Calendered Film product. Uniroyal plans to minimize the impact on our employees affected by this closure by offering retraining programs and we hope to move them to other production areas within the facility. This plan will be implemented over an extended period to permit its existing customer base time to arrange for alternate sources of product or for them to switch to our Coated Fabrics solution from our state-of-the-art production facility.
“Our plan is to improve and align our assets within our marketplace and to better meet our current and future production requirements and demands of our customers,” said Howard R. Curd, Chairman of Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.
About Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.:
Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc. (UNIR) is a leading manufacturer of vinyl-coated fabrics that are durable, stain resistant, cost-effective alternatives to leather, cloth and other synthetic fabric coverings. Uniroyal Global Engineered Products, Inc.’s revenue in 2017 was derived 67.5% from the automotive industry and approximately 32.5% from the recreational, industrial, indoor and outdoor furnishings, hospitality and healthcare markets. Our primary brand names include Naugahyde®, BeautyGard®, Flame Blocker™, Spirit Millennium®, Ambla®, Amblon®, Velbex®, Cirroflex®, Plastolene® and Vynide®.
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