RBX Industries, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001, is reportedly closing three facilities, including the Rubatex plant in Bedford, Virginia. The other two units are the Custom mixing business in Tallapoosa, Georgia, and the former Colt business in Colt, Arkansas. The company returned to private ownership in April 2003.
The custom mixing business operates one K11D, one K7A, and two F270 mixers at its Tallapoosa headquarters, all used for black compounds and has access to two more F270s in Conover, North Carolina, both used for coloured compounds. The unit has historically served the floor covering and automotive sectors.
Rubatex has been gradually wound down over the years. It makes foams from a variety of rubber-based compounds, including polychloroprene, nitrile and epichlorhydrin materials.
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