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Corbi Plastics / HQ: DeForest, Wis. / Average revenue: $40 million / Employees: 104 / Specialty: Plastic manufacturing and services / Jack Graham, president: “We’re the only company in North America that manufactures and provides services for reusable plastic packaging.” corbi plastics provides unique packaging services and products for clients including anheuser-busch. Plastic Innovation corbi is the only north american firm that makes and sells transport packaging. by kelly mccabe In Europe, it long has been common practice for companies to make, sell and service/clean dunnage – which are reusable plastic transport items, such as pallets, top frames and divider sheets. To meet this need in the United States, Orbis Corp. and the German company Cartonplast GmbH founded Corbi Plastics. “We started because AnheuserBusch (AB) saw what Cartonplast was doing for them in the United Kingdom, and AB wanted that very same system in the United States,” Director of Pooling Roy Hasenfratz says. 72 SPRING 2010 “We started shipping the material from Europe and pooling it for companies who made glass bottles for Anheuser-Busch. We later decided to start manufacturing here.” Today, Wisconsin-based Corbi Plastics is the only North American company that makes and sells transport packaging materials. President Jack Graham explains that most container companies own their own dunnage, but this new system attracted United States’ glass container makers – Anchor Glass, Longhorn Glass, Saint Gobain and O-I. Corbi supports 35 container plants supplying 200 filler companies in the United States. Corbi manages more than 10 million sheets in service and more than 75 million sheet trips per year. Graham says 80 percent of Corbi’s manufactured products are sold, and 20 percent are for its own use in serving the reusable plastic packaging pool. “There’s a big capital outlay to buy all that dunnage, and it’s a fairly long payback,” he remarks. “Our manufacturing plant is here in Wisconsin, and our reach is all over the United States and Canada,” Graham continues. “We also serve several plants in Mexico, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe.” The company has worldwide sales; for instance, one of its clients is Amcor Glass in Australia, which makes wine bottles for Yellow Tail wine.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010

Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
Juanita’s Foods
Les Plats du Chef
Gardner Denver
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
Club Car Inc.
Parkson Corp.
MKS Instruments Inc.
Amity Technology
Co-Operative Industries
Corbi Plastics
Elyria/Hodge Foundries Co.
Inteplast Group Ltd.
Willbanks Metals
Zotos International Inc.
Akron Foundry Co.
Alo North America
Bosal International
First American Plastic Molding Enterprise
MAC Equipment
Mayville Engineering Co. Inc.
Kurtz Bros. Inc.
Aesco Electronics
Code 3 Inc.
Columbia Marking Tools
Euro-Rite Cabinets
Fampec Technology LLC
Faubion Associates Inc.
Ginsey Industries Inc.
Imagineering Finishing Technologies
Imperial Woodworks Inc.
Innovative Lighting
Liburdi Dimetrics
MTC Transformers
Plastiques GPR
S.A. Robotics
Sunrise Windows
Positran Manufacturing Inc.
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010