story begins with a vision.
Fred Kremer, the CEO of Hancor Inc., a drainage pipe manufacturer
located in Findlay, Ohio, had a vision. Fred saw a growing need for
extruded sheet materials in the engraving market. He established a
working relationship with Don and Audrey Morrison of Rowland,
Incorporated in New Berlin, Connecticut. With this partnership in
place, he acquired a plastic sheet extrusion line and formed the
Hancor Sheet Division.
Fred purchased the sole sales and marketing rights for the awards
and engraving market from Rowland. He created a new company,
established as a separate division of Hancor, and named it Rowmark.
strong domestic presence, Rowmark set its sights on the growing
international market. In 1996, Rowmark established a distribution
warehouse in the Netherlands to respond to increasing European
sales. Rowmark was on its way to becoming the worldwide leader in
extruded sheet materials for the engraving market.
Fred came to a crossroads. He had a greater vision for what Rowmark
could become. In a display of unwavering belief in the employees of
Rowmark and its growth potential, Fred resigned his position as CEO
of Hancor and purchased Rowmark outright from Hancor in October that
year. In addition, he purchased a building for Rowmark in the
nearby Findlay Tall Timbers Industrial Park. This new,
state-of-the-art facility would give Rowmark the room it needed to
grow and prosper. Until the building was complete, Rowmark would
continue to share facilities with Hancor.
construction of the facility continued throughout the fall of 1997
as Fred’s vision took shape. Then, on December 20, just four months
before Rowmark would begin the move into its new home, Fred Kremer
and two Rowmark pilots were tragically killed in a plane crash in
Findlay. Despite the difficult loss, the employees of Rowmark
rallied around Fred’s plan for the company and pressed on with the
intended move. The Kremer Family, who to this point had not been
active with the business, picked up where Fred left off, fully
supporting Rowmark and its employees.
On September 2, 1998,
Rowmark’s new facility in Findlay, Ohio was
officially declared open. With room to add additional extrusion
lines and the ability to store an abundance of raw materials,
Rowmark was poised to enter a period of extraordinary growth. The
final piece of the puzzle fell into place a day later, when the
Kremer Family and Rowmark Board of Directors announce that Duane
Jebbett has been named President and COO of Rowmark. A strong
leader and protégé of Fred’s vision, Duane was the perfect person to
guide Rowmark into the 21st century.
In 2004 and
2005, Rowmark expanded its facility, which now contains more than
75,000 square feet, housing multiple extrusion lines, press,
lamination and hot stamp capabilities, 4 storage silos and a
warehouse dedicated to raw materials, a finished goods warehouse,
and the company’s administrative offices.
In 2003, Rowmark announced the creation of a new custom products
division, Premier Material Concepts (PMC). The new division
specializes in the manufacturing of customized plastic sheet and
roll stock for a wide variety of market applications.
PMC offers an extensive range of capabilities including the
extrusion of a broad range of materials (such as ABS, Acrylic, HIPS,
TPE, TPO, PP, PE & Specialty Compounds), custom thicknesses,
co-extrusion abilities, roll winding, surface texturing, custom
color matching, fabrication and on-line hot stamping. More details
on Premier Material Concepts are available at
|The Rowmark Promise
|At Rowmark, our
primary concern is providing the highest quality materials and
service to our customers. Therefore, Rowmark will replace, free of
charge, any products that do not meet our intended manufacturing or
quality standards. If for any reason we do not meet your product or
service expectations, just contact your authorized Rowmark
distributor or call 1-877-ROWMARK. Outside of the
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