ES ROBBINS BREAKS GROUND
ON NEW FACILITY
(MUSCLE SHOALS, AL – October 13, 2010) ES ROBBINS Corporation held its official groundbreaking ceremony today for an expansion of its corporate headquarters and primary manufacturing facility located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The $2.166-million expansion includes the construction of a new 53,640-square-foot building, which will be used primarily for warehousing and distribution. Approximately 25 new employees will be added over a three-year period as a result of this expansion.
“As a home-grown, local company, we are excited and pleased to be one of the few businesses in the United States that is expanding, hiring new employees and stimulating the local economy. This new capital investment will enableES ROBBINS Corporation to reduce costs and improve efficiency by expanding production capabilities and warehouse space, thereby allowing us to develop new business and hire more employees.” Edward S. Robbins, III, President/CEO
“We are excited to see the expansion at ES ROBBINS Corporation and the jobs being created in our community. It has been a pleasure to work with ES ROBBINS in the past and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the years to come. Congratulations to the management and employees in growing their business!” Mayor David Bradford, City of Muscle Shoals
"We are pleased that this existing industry in the Shoals has experienced growth during this tough economic recession; and we are excited that 25 new jobs will be added to our area. This is the kind of positive news we love to hear, and we wish ES ROBBINS the very best during this expansion." Dr. Joan Parris, SEDA Chair
ES ROBBINS Corporation, established in 1967, is a world-leading manufacturer of plastic products through its five divisions: ES ROBBINS Office Products, E S Robbins Consumer Products Group, Aleco® Food Service and Industrial, Centaur® HTP® Horse Fencing, and ES Robbins International Flexible PVC. In spite of a global recession, ES ROBBINS Corporation experienced explosive growth of 128% from 2006 to 2009 and has recently added innovative new products such as printed chairmats and deskpads and the new ecoKLEERTM chairmat. A new sales and distribution facility recently opened in Strasbourg, France, to serve the European market for ES ROBBINS Corporations’ products.
ES ROBBINS® Emerges as Chairmat Leader
with Rubbermaid’s Exit from Category
Muscle Shoals, AL (October, 2009)— On the heels of Newell Rubbermaid’s decision earlier this year to cease manufacturing chairmats effective at the end of 2009, ES ROBBINS’ extraordinary growth over the past three years has positioned the company as market leader in this office products/office furniture segment.
According to Ed Robbins, company founder and CEO, the achievement has been years in the making. “We have invested strategically – and continue to do so – to create unique patented product features, innovative patented merchandising solutions, and state-of the-art production systems. Fortunately, there have been key customers who value this commitment and understand that is what it takes to grow the business.” Robbins cites the factors above along with superior quality and exceptional customer service as the basis for ES ROBBINS’ success.
Much of the company’s growth has occurred in the face of extreme volatility in raw material pricing. “In that kind of environment, as in the current economic downturn, adding value to a product really enables a company to thrive,” Robbins said.
The response from the marketplace indicates that customers do appreciate what ES ROBBINS has to offer. United Stationers Supply Company has named ES ROBBINS their Preferred Supplier in the chairmat category for 2010. This distinction is awarded by United Stationers to those suppliers who excel in innovation, collaboration and customer service. This is the first time United Stationers has selected a Preferred Supplier in chairmats.
ES ROBBINS also serves the office products industry through three major big box retail stores, three major buying groups and a multitude of online and catalog companies.
ES ROBBINS’ holds 13 chairmat specific patents including the AnchorBar® cleat system that gently locks into carpet, providing superior hold and support, protecting hands, and allowing mats to be easily handled and moved. The company’s ergonomically-designed Crystal Edge allows the user to easily roll on and off the mat providing greater comfort and safety.
ES ROBBINS’ new line of specialty printed and laminated deskpads and chairmats offer designer styles and patterns that accent both professional and home offices. “This new technology allows consumers to personalize their workspace, we are excited about the endless possibilities” says Sally Staggs, Vice President of Sales. The mats are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be custom printed with graphics, images and logos.
Traditionally displayed flat, chairmats are difficult to shop and handle in a retail setting. With the addition of handles and hang tabs, ES ROBBINS chairmats are strikingly displayed vertically on a 360° display that allows customers to easily select and handle their chairmat. A collection of compact designs require a small footprint and feature informative graphics to ensure customers select the correct chairmat for their application. The addition of carry handles and hanging tabs to chairmats have proven a winner with consumers at retail.
All ES ROBBINS® chairmats are made in the USA from high quality materials. These chairmats are engineered for maximum clarity to complement modern office spaces and are suitable for all carpet grades from low pile and loop to plush as well as hard floors such as wood, tile and vinyl. “ES ROBBINS is a vertically integrated manufacturer; we control all aspects of our manufacturing process from formula development to packing and shipping. We want to set the standard to provide products that are long lasting, hard working and aesthetically pleasing,” stated Robbins. Most ES Robbins chairmats have a limited lifetime No Crack guarantee under normal use.
ES ROBBINS has over 40 years of experience as one of the largest manufacturers in the United States of chairmats, carpet protectors, and desk pads. Complete information on the entire ES ROBBINS’ product line is available at www.esrchairmats.com, by phone 1-800-633-3325 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about United Stationers, Inc. is available at www.unitedstationers.com.