50 Years of Innovation

It all started in 1961 when the company was founded by G. Wilbur Tracy, President; Ingvar Tornberg, VP Sales & Marketing; and Charles M. Schott, VP Engineering. They developed the first extruder and winder.

For the past 50 years, Gloucester Engineering has built and serviced the most productive technology in the plastics industry. Here are some highlights from our legacy of innovation.

The 60’s

First winder and extruder, first garment bag machine, Universal Bag Machine & First High Speed 419 Garment Bag Machine, First single and dual turret automatic winders introduced, Extro foam extrusion system, Polycool Air Ring cooling system, First (internal bubble cooling) system developed

The 70’s

First granulators developed, First sheet extrusion system, Model 425 Dual Head Bag Machine developed, First 3-layer die

The 80’s

Model 192 winder developed, Model 1010 high speed winder for stretch film, First Contracool Extruder, Extrol 6032 introduced, First Traversanip, Model 1002 winder for high-speed stretch film introduced, First Contracool sheet extruder

The 90’s

Touchscreen controls incorporated in winders, Autoprofile systems developed, 1009S Phantom Axis Winder, First 7-Layer die built, 4180 Bag Machine developed, Model 700 Cast Film Unit, 900 Series Air Ring, 1020/1021 Surface Winders, 5-layer stretch film line installed, 1002DS (Dual Turret) Winder, Oscillating Autoprofile Air Ring, 5-layer concentric mandrel Blown film IBC die introduced, Gravimetric Blending System, First 9-Layer die built, Optifilow LP™ (low profile) die, Extrol Anywhere remote access, Opticell™ Foam Die, 1022 Automatic Surface Winder

2000 and beyond!

Horizontal Haul Off introduced, In-line MDO’s for Blown Film pre-stretched hand wrap market, Redesigned 9-layer blown film die, First Servo Shuttle Bag Machine Model 4180, Installs market’s first 17 layer cast film line, Introduction of Encapsulated Feed Technology (EFT) for blown film dies and Light Grooved Feed (LGF) for extruders, 8.8m wide Model 1105 dual drum geomembrane winder developed and built, Ultracool II, and Symphonix Control System

The next decade will bring even more innovations from Gloucester Engineering. With a dedicated fully staffed R&D team, we are working on the next advancements for the industry – stay tuned!


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