Little known about ProFusion’s future
Several signs around the complex announce ProFusion Industries as the latest tenant at 700 B.F. Goodrich Road, the former site of RJF International. Some signs tell trucks how to enter the plant, and others boast an accident-free record stretching to before ProFusion’s stewardship of the plant.
But the writing on the wall is not so clear when it comes to the future of the facility, leaving community members, local officials and even the site’s employees guessing as to their possible future.
“I know a company took it over, but I’ve never heard anything about them,” said Willis Evans, who lives near the plant in Oak Grove.
The company was acquired in March by Austin, Texas-based Peak Rock Capital, a private equity firm. At that time, ProFusion Industries was created to take ownership of certain assets and run the former industrial division of RJF, according to Daniel Yunger, who spoke on behalf of ProFusion.
The industrial division is responsible for manufacturing flooring systems, custom specialty film products and protective lining products.
While ProFusion has no plans to move operations, a separate entity which took on RJF’s interior products division, will move some equipment, confirmed Yunger.
“Koroseal, which acquired the interior products division of RJF International Corp. and is a customer of ProFusion, is moving certain pieces of equipment moved by Koroseal to a facility operated by Koroseal,” said Yunger.
RJF’s old website now reroutes to Koroseal Interior Products’ website. Lately new types of trucks have been coming to the plant and rumors are that some of the equipment and product trappings at RJF are being shipped to another location, said Evans.
The company does plan to ship three large pieces of equipment-machines used to manufacture wall coverings-from the Marietta location to a location in Louisville, Ky., according to Joe Vickers, who has been employed by RJF-formerly B.F. Goodrich-for 41 years.
“The company made an announcement. They usually have three meetings, one for each shift (to make employee announcements),” said Vickers.
And while no jobs have been lost yet, some salaried employees have been informed they will be laid off at the end of October, said Vickers. A position in Louisville was offered to some, he said.
“People are concerned and scared up there. Nobody knows whats going on,” said Vickers, who plans on retiring this month.
ProFusion does not publicly comment on personnel matters, said Yunger.
RJF numbered around 240 employees at the time of the March acquisition.
Little is known about plans for the site by local officials. According to Muskingum Township Trustee and former RJF employee Gary Doan, no one has reached out to the township about the plans for the plant since it was acquired by Peak Rock in March.
Washington County Commissioner Tim Irvine said the commissioners also know little about plans for the plant.
Peak Rock did not return calls or emails seeking comment Monday.
Whatever is planned, more transparency would be appreciated by employees, said Vickers.
“There is just too much mystery about what’s going on. I think people would be better off if they came out and said this is what our intentions are….Then those guys that are on the bottom of the list can start looking for a better job,” he concluded.