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Roll-Kraft Names New Vice President

MENTOR, OH

Roll-Kraft, a leading provider of roll tooling to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry, with worldwide distribution, is pleased to announce the addition of Edward Alberts, Jr., to the management team, in the position of Vice President-Continuous Improvement.  His duties include identifying opportunities to reduce lead times, with particular emphasis on meeting the company’s goals of 100% on-time delivery and producing tooling that provides immediate out-of-the-box performance to Roll-Kraft customers.  He will interact with various leadership teams at each Roll-Kraft location to identify and implement improvements.

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Roll-Kraft Sets Industry Standard with 100% On-Time Delivery in December

MENTOR, OH  

Roll-Kraft constantly strives to make improvements to benefit customers and meet their needs.  The company is pleased to announce that during the month of December, 2015, 100% of its shipments were on-time deliveries.  This is a dramatic statistic that is unmatched in the industry.  In fact, on-time delivery statistics are readily available on the company’s website, with full visibility of month-to-month totals.

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Roll-Kraft Adds New Machine to Woodbridge, Ontario Facility

MENTOR, OH.

Roll-Kraft, a worldwide supplier of custom roll tooling to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry, has installed a DMG MORI NLX 2500 CNC lathe on the factory floor at Roll-Kraft Ltd. in Woodbridge, Ontario.

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Roll-Kraft Adds Information Technology Manager

MENTOR, OH

Roll-Kraft welcomes Carlos Carrasquillo to the position of IT Manager.  Mr. Carrasquillo will work closely with the current staff, with special focus on planning and managing the organization’s technology, increasing efficiencies, and preserving and maintaining critical data for the company.

Carrasquillo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Information Systems from Cleveland State University.  He has previously held positions as IT Manager at Exact Care Pharmacy and JumpStart, Inc.  He was successful in implementing technology to assure accuracy in pharmaceutical distribution, as well as implementing document management software for a paperless environment.

Roll-Kraft, a leading provider of roll tooling to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry with worldwide distribution (LINK TO http://www.roll-kraft.com/), has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.), and Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas). 

Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features an easy-to-use contact form.  


Roll-Kraft Announces Leadership Changes

MENTOR, OH  

Roll-Kraft has named Sanjay Singh as President of Roll-Kraft, effective immediately. He will oversee the daily activities of the company and be involved in all aspects of the business. Mr. Singh joined Roll-Kraft in 2013 as Executive Vice President. He has been active in sharpening the company’s focus on lean manufacturing, as well as leading the company to meet its goals of on-time delivery and first-time performance, on-site at the customer’s facility. Roll-Kraft’s up-to-date performance metrics are available to view at roll-kraft.com.

Former president, Chuck Gehrisch, has led Roll-Kraft for decades and will continue in his role as Chairman and CEO. The Gehrisch name has been synonymous with Roll-Kraft since its modest beginning in 1963, making Roll-Kraft a worldwide leader as a tooling supplier to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry.   

Roll-Kraft’s headquarters are located in Mentor, Ohio, and the company maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas) and Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.). 

Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance. The company fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features Dr. Resolve. Simply complete and submit an on-line form and Roll-Kraft will respond.

Mr. Sanjay Singh, Roll-Kraft President

Mr. Chuck Gehrisch, Roll-Kraft's Chairman and CEO


Roll-Kraft Achieves ISO Success

MENTOR, OH  

Roll-Kraft leads the industry in producing tooling for manufacturers of tube and pipe and roll forming products. Roll-Kraft has continued its stellar record of completing the annual ISO audit free of non-conformances. The ISO certification is an important identifier of companies around the world who have standards and processes in place designed to achieve excellence in performance. Internal auditors periodically review the work instructions and procedures throughout the year to assure compliance. 

Roll-Kraft has maintained its ISO certification since 1997.  In 2001, Roll-Kraft earned the “ISO 9001:2000 With Design” certification. In 2010, the company was recertified to the latest “ISO 9001:2008 With Design” and has continued that designation through the current audit. 

Roll-Kraft’s headquarters are located in Mentor, Ohio, and the company maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), and Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.). 

Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance. The company fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com. For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features Dr. Resolve.  Simply complete and submit an on-line form and Roll-Kraft will respond. 


New Roll-Kraft Company Overview Video Now Available

MENTOR, OH 

In its new company overview video, Roll-Kraft invites viewers to take an inside look at how it is able to lead the industry in on-time delivery and first-time performance of its tube and pipe and roll form tooling.

The state-of-the-art Roll-Kraft facilities are home to more CNC machines that any other such facilities in North America.  In the two-minute video, viewers are treated to a behind-the-scenes walkthrough of the headquarters facility in Mentor, Ohio.  

The company has made a significant investment and directed much of its focus towards obtaining the outstanding delivery and performance metrics shown on its website.

The new video is available on Roll-Kraft’s homepage at www.roll-kraft.com, as well as on Roll-Kraft’s YouTube channel, where visitors can also find other valuable technical video tips from Roll-Kraft’s Performance Specialists.

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.), and Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features an easy-to-use contact form.


Roll-Kraft Launches Mobile Website 

Roll-Kraft has launched a brand new mobile website specifically designed for a smartphone user. Visitors can access the new mobile website at www.roll-kraft.com. The optimal version of the site for the visitor’s device will automatically be served, whether they are accessing from a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

The new site offers quick links so that mobile users can access the features they need when they are on the go on their smartphone, such as:
•    Request a Quote
•    Request a Technician
•    Request a Training Session
•    Ask a Technical Question

The mobile version of the site implements useful features such as “Click to Call” and “Click to Map” to any of Roll-Kraft’s four locations. It also provides simple one-touch access to Roll-Kraft’s full selection of products, services and technical videos.
 
Whether you prefer to call and speak to a live operator anytime during normal business hours, or if you find it easier to fill out a simple online form, Roll-Kraft’s mobile site is the quickest way for a customer on-the-go to reach the leader in tube and pipe and roll forming tooling.

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.), and Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features an easy-to-use contact form.


Roll-Kraft Holds Annual Regional Tube, Pipe and Roll Form Seminars in Mentor

MENTOR, OH 

Roll-Kraft once again hosted its regional seminar for the tube and pipe industry on August 19, with a seminar for the roll form industry on the following day. Both training seminars were preceded by tours of Roll-Kraft’s state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Mentor, OH.

Robert A. Sladky, Vice President of Tube Mill Engineering organized the event and was one of the speakers both days, along with Bret Molnar, and Dave Rostocil, Senior Technical Performance Specialists.

Attendees from over 30 different and widely diversified companies graced the programs during the two-day event at the LaMalfa Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Sladky noted, “The audience participation in regard to questions, and interaction with the live tube and pipe and roll form displays was exceptional. The first program lasted a record 9 hours.”

“The comments from the seminar evaluations taken at the end of the program outlined many positive comments, and further supports the interest and continuation of these regional seminars.   Many firms have shown an interest in having their own in-house training programs to train their personnel on their mill lines.”

Attendee comments included:

  • Very valuable information that was not clearly addressed during actual on-the-job training back at our plant. We should have had this long ago.
  • This seminar has shown me things I can do while designing tooling that will prevent misshaping of the profile.
  • Robert & Bret work very well together to make the class both easy and full of information. This has shown me how the mill affects the tooling, not just the way that the tooling was designed.

Roll-Kraft’s next regional training seminar will be in early in 2016 in Houston, with tours of Roll-Kraft’s new facility. Be sure to check the Roll-Kraft Events page for information, as the seminar dates are finalized.  Announcements will be posted on www.roll-kraft.com and e-mail blasts sent to all of Roll-Kraft’s customer base.

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.), and Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features an easy-to-use contact form.   

Roll-Kraft Seminar Session


Roll-Kraft Welcomes General Manager

MENTOR, OH  June, 2015

Roll-Kraft announces the addition of Jason Munger to the company’s managing staff.  Mr. Munger’s position is General Manager – Operation Excellence.  He will be responsible for the production and operation of the Roll-Kraft regrind facility in Frankfort, IL, as well as the company’s newest regrind facility in Houston, TX.  He has extensive experience in Lean processes and has previously led two new facility launches, including facility layout, equipment procurement, and hiring and training personnel. 

Mr. Munger comes to Roll-Kraft from ASSA ABLOY where he was the Manager of Operational Improvements & Lean.   He led the Lean Council and held Kaizen events that impacted a total of twelve facilities and significantly increased sales growth for the company.  His experience in directing and coordinating plant operations makes him well suited for his new duties at Roll-Kraft.  

Prior to ASSA ABLOY, he worked for Oil States Industries in Houston and Applied Research Associates at Tyndall Air Force Research Laboratory.   He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and furthered his education with graduate level classes at Florida State University.  He also has considerable training in Lean and holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Roll-Kraft continues to lead the industry in providing tooling for the tube and pipe and roll form manufacturing companies.  The recent expansion is indicative of the forward-looking momentum of the company and will further enhance its ability to provide on-time shipments and tooling that performs right out of the box

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.), and Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features an easy-to-use contact form.   


Roll-Kraft Texas Now Offers Free Pickup and Delivery

Roll-Kraft Texas will now be offering a free pickup and delivery service to customers in Texas. The expanded pickup and delivery services are being implemented to further establish Roll-Kraft’s already industry-leading commitment to on-time delivery of tube and pipe and roll forming tooling.

Roll-Kraft Texas, which opened on May 18, is a brand new; state-of-the-art rework facility located at 13614 Rankin Circle East, Houston, TX  77073. The facility is equipped with top-of-the-line CNC machines from Mori Seiki and staffed by highly skilled CNC machinists who are trained in the precision reworking of all types of roll tooling.

Roll-Kraft also recently launched a new website at www.roll-kraft.com. The new site highlights the company’s commitment to on-time delivery and first-time performance. At any time, visitors can access the site to see figures detailing Roll-Kraft’s on-time delivery and first-time performance for the previous 12 months.

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.), and Houston, Texas (Roll-Kraft Texas).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features an easy-to-use contact form.   


Roll-Kraft Texas to Open May 18

We are pleased to announce the official opening of our fourth location: Roll-Kraft Texas. This brand new, state-of-the-art rework facility is located at 13614 Rankin Circle East, Houston, TX 77073.

With a 12,000 sq. ft. space that includes a truck dock for efficient loading and unloading of roll tooling, pickup and delivery service is available for customers in Texas and the surrounding area. In addition, the location is just 10 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport. These features make this new facility another investment that continues our commitment to being the industry leader in on-time delivery and first-time performance of tube and pipe and roll forming tooling.

The facility is equipped with top-of-the-line CNC machines from Mori Seiki and staffed by highly skilled CNC machinists who are trained in the precision reworking of all types of roll tooling. Our on-going training for all Roll-Kraft machinists helps us achieve our commitment to supplying tooling that works the first time, right out of the box. In addition, the Texas facility will be supported by the same highly trained engineering and sales staff that you are used to working with at Roll-Kraft.  

We are excited that this new facility further enhances our ability to meet all of your rework tooling needs, regardless of your industry and wide range of roll diameters. In addition, we offer in-house tube and pipe and roll forming training sessions as well as regional training seminars to ensure you are getting the most of your tooling. If you have any questions about our new facility or how we can meet your needs for on-time delivery and first-time performance of your roll tooling, please call us at 888-953-9400 or fill out our contact form, and one of our representatives will be in touch.


ROLL-KRAFT ADDS NEW MACHINES TO HEADQUARTERS FACTORY

MENTOR, OH.  

Roll-Kraft, a worldwide supplier of custom roll tooling to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry, has installed three new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Turning Centers on the factory floor in Mentor, OH. The new machines include one SL-65/1000 Turning Center and two SL-25/500 CNC Turning Centers.  

The larger machine will allow the company to produce rolls with a maximum diameter of 32” and maximum length of 39.4”.  The machine will provide the accuracy and precision so crucially essential in producing new rolls and also during the roll rework process.

The two smaller machines will allow for a maximum turning of 14” and maximum length of 20.9”.  These machines will manufacture and rework small diameter (high tolerance) rolls.

Roll-Kraft’s 50+ year history, along with a commitment to new investment, provides the stability and experience necessary to provide its customers with industry-leading on-time delivery and first-time performance.   

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), and Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features Dr. Resolve.   Simply complete and submit an on-line form and Roll-Kraft will respond.  

 


Roll-Kraft Conducts In-House Roll Form Seminar for ClarkDietrich™

MENTOR, OH  

Roll-Kraft recently conducted a corporate in-house roll form training seminar for ClarkDietrich Building Systems, one of the major suppliers of stud and track for the drywall industry.  

Frank Gomez, Operations Trainer and Procedure Manager, as well as Mike Collins, Operations Director, and Jimmy Rickett, Director of Corporate Engineering for ClarkDietrich, coordinated the training event with Robert A. Sladky, Vice President of Tube Mill Engineering of Roll-Kraft, bringing in attendees from several of their plants across the nation to their Warren, Ohio, facility.

Robert Sladky, as well as Dave Rostocil, Director of Product Applications for Roll-Kraft, were co-speakers at the event, covering the important areas of mill integrity, alignment, setup, and trouble shooting for the roll form applications of ClarkDietrich. 

The attendees were from a wide variety of experience levels, from the very new hires, to seasoned veterans of 20+ years.  

“What made this program such a success, is that ClarkDietrich had key management personnel from many of their departments attend the program,” Sladky said. “So many times, only the operators are present for the instruction.  Management, supervisors, and lead men are vital to the success of any in- house seminar.  This helps to develop a standard for all to follow, organizing a ‘team effort’ of putting into practice all that was learned in the seminar.   

“The other key factor is ‘they took the time’ to have this training.  All too often, plants are too busy to have training, to do maintenance on their mills, or to refine the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for their operation.  The correct approach is:  “You can’t afford not taking the time.”

The seminar attendees each received guide books that follow the PowerPoint presentation step-by-step. The in-house seminar presentation included action and procedural videos and was also supported by a real-life operating roll form display that actually produces parts.  This allowed the instructors to illustrate the effect of an improper adjustment that would result in producing a problem part from the roll former.  Roll-Kraft’s combination of resources and presentation materials offers one of the most comprehensive training programs known to the industry.

Visit Roll-Kraft’s website for more information on the in-house tube and pipe training and roll forming training programs available and held on-site at a customer’s location. 

Upcoming Regional Seminars

Roll-Kraft’s commitment to excellence in the tube and pipe and roll forming education field continues in 2015 with several planned events.  This June, Roll-Kraft will head to the West Coast for its regional seminar training programs. A tube and pipe seminar will be held on June 24th and a roll forming seminar will be held on June 25th.  

In addition, Roll-Kraft will host its annual training seminars at its Mentor, Ohio, headquarters. The tube and pipe event will be held on August 19th and the roll forming event will be held on August 20th.  

About ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems

ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems is the leading manufacturer of a full line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. Quality manufacturing, a full-line offering, national distribution, engineering services and responsive customer service position ClarkDietrich Building Systems as the largest manufacturer of light gauge steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc.

About Roll-Kraft

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), and Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.  The fax number is (440) 205-3110.  Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com.  For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features Dr. Resolve.   Simply complete and submit an on-line form and Roll-Kraft will respond.  

Seminar Session at ClarkDietrich Building Systems

Dave Rostocil discusses roll forming applications


Roll-Kraft Welcomes Students to Tour Plant

Roll-Kraft was pleased to welcome the 7th and 8th grade classes from the local Chardon schools to visit the company and tour the factory.  The students were greeted by tour guides who accompanied them through the various manufacturing operations and explained each process.  They observed the transformation of raw steel into roll tooling, which is then shipped to companies around the world, who manufacture products for the marketplace.  This custom roll tooling is used in the tube and pipe and roll forming industry to make a multitude of products that are used by the general population every day.  

The students also toured the offices of Roll-Kraft’s Mentor headquarters.  They were interested to see how much of the manufacturing process is highly automated and computer driven.  During the visit, they observed a demonstration of Roll-Kraft’s Copra Finite Element Analysis software,  which is used to design a “virtual” set of tooling and test roll setups and operation before manufacturing begins, in order to improve any areas of weakness in the design.

Each group of students enjoyed lunch and were encouraged by the Human Resources Manager to pursue studies in math, English, interpersonal relations, Lean manufacturing, and various computer  programs, in order to prepare for the years beyond graduation, whether they enter the manufacturing field or choose another.  

Roll-Kraft is committed to continuing to promote careers in manufacturing to today’s students.  The company is proud to be an active member of the Alliance for Working Together (AWT).  The AWT is a group of Northeast Ohio manufacturers who share a common mission:  to change the misperception of American manufacturing, shape the next generation of manufacturing professionals, and promote careers in manufacturing.

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), and Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance.


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