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Maratech builds giant new plant in

July 20, 2005

The Channeled Resources Group has opened a new processing facility in Marathon City, WI, a 200,000 square foot plant that has slitting and sheeting capabilities to serve suppliers of silicone release liners and pressure sensitive laminates. The plant, which houses the group’s Maratech company, offers 24-hour and 72-hour service to the coating and printing industry.
Channeled Resources was started in 1978 by Calvin Frost. His business was brokering waste paper. In 1989 he created Maratech, which converted non-recyclable waste products — coated, treated or laminated papers — into useable product for non-sophisticated applications. Over time, Frost bought testing equipment, better slitters, and started hiring people from the converting industry. One small warehouse in Wausau, WI, became four big warehouses. Large manufacturers of specialty papers and films began to look at Maratech as a solution to their waste problems.
The focus of the new converting and warehousing facility is on sorting through large manufacturers’ byproducts and segregating items for the best possible revenue stream for the many different materials that come in. According to Frost, it gives Maratech a work flow that allows for greater efficiency. “By consolidating four buildings into one, we believe we can increase our efficiency by up to 25 percent,” he says. “This will allow us to provide JIT shipping for both our international and domestic customers. And, from our employees’ point of view, they now have a state of the art facility with the best equipment for handling and converting roll products.”
One of Maratech’s old buildings will be filled by
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