The $1m expansion, at the Sanford, Maine facility, includes re-covering Rubb’s original 1983 steel shop with Thermohall® insulated cladding.
The current PVC shop will also be expanded to create a dedicated Thermohall® production area and house a new 48M PVC welding machine.
Rubb USA’s decision to expand was made after the company almost doubled its sales in the 2015-16 period. Seventy per cent of sales were related to Thermohall® projects and the company is anticipating a further growth of interest in this innovative product.
Rubb USA President Dave Nickerson said: “We need to expand to meet the market’s need for insulated building solutions. We are excited that our new production capacity will allow us to continue growing while becoming more operationally and energy efficient.”
Marketing Manager Chuck Auger added: “When complete Rubb will have 9,000 sq ft more production capacity. A significant part of our expansion is doubling the size of the ‘mezzanine’, which is the 2nd floor area above the welding shop. This area will become Rubb’s ‘Thermohall room’. Also, our venerable 34 years young original steel shop will be recovered and insulated with Rubb’s Thermohall® insulation system. This will help us save at least $20,000 per year in energy costs. We will be using the 34-year-old original steel shop as a hub for Rubb building innovations.”
Rubb USA is also working on some highly innovative energy saving modifications that could produce significant long-term results and energy savings. The company has also recently procured a FLOW water jet steel cutting and fabrication machine to improve steel production.