Commodore Technology and Commodore Plastics
On the Technology side we aim to improve the performance of our customers through increased production, improved efficiency, and reducing product weight and scrap reduction ultimately leading to an increase in ROI for our clients.
In our plastics division we are focused on working with case-ready processors to improve the retail appeal of merchandise trays, increase operational efficency, and improve overall cost within foam tray programs at fair market cost.
The company was conceived by George Braddon in the late 1970's when he was a process engineer at Mobil Chemical in Canandaigua, NY. At that time, the foam industry was growing rapidly, and George realized that there was a market for foam products that the large companies in the industry were ignoring. Setting out with a clear goal in mind, George left Mobil in 1980 and started Commodore. He bought a used extruder from Amoco and some used Portco thermoformers from the local scrap yard in nearby Canandaigua. With a lot of hard work it ended up making great products, mainly meat trays for grocery stores such as Wegman's and Tops.
- By the late 1980's, Commodore had become good at refurbishing old equipment and the plant continued to grow.A result of these efforts was the creation of a well-equipped machine shop right next door to the foam plant. The shop also made custom tooling, which allowed the foam plant to bring new products to market quickly and inexpensively.
- In 1988, a Gloucester extruder and two Portco thermoformers were sold to a customer in Puerto Rico, marking an important milestone in Commodore's history - expansion into the machinery market.
- Commodore developed a trim tool that utilized all aluminum construction with a serrated steel rule knife. This new trim tool proved to be revolutionary, and earned a U.S. patent.
- On the machine building side, we began to design and build a line of thermoformers and patented tooling in addition to rebuilding machines.
- In 1991 a disastrous fire destroyed the entire Commodore facility. Despite the setback, the machine building operation returned to production within a week, using rented equipment and a "friendly" workshop nearby. The foam plant partnered with another manufacturer to continue production during the rebuilding process, and within six months the entire facility had been rebuilt and reopened for business.
- During the 1990's, the machinery division shifted its focus from the renovation of old machines to the design and construction of new thermoformers and extruders. Our engineering staff continued to refine the designs that had been incorporated in to the rebuilt equipment and produced a line of machines that are affordable and extremely productive.
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