10/23/2019 | 2 MINUTE READ

Intertech Rx, LLC Restarted to Focus on "Plastics Plague"

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Rick Shaffer has restarted InterTech Rx, LLC to focus on the pressing “Plastics Plague“ by collaborating to provide effective solutions to the needs of a circular economy.

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Rick Shaffer has restarted InterTech Rx, LLC. With his technology and experience in the plastics industry, he wants to focus on the pressing “Plastics Plague“ by collaborating to provide effective solutions to the needs of a circular economy.

InterTech Rx, LLC was first founded by Rick Shaffer in 2010, to improve productivity and profitability by developing innovative and practical solutions for companies in the plastics industry. The industry veteran is leveraging his extensive know-how and decades long experience in plastics machinery and production systems. Shaffer expands his scope to  provide a competitive advantage in key markets addressing economic and ecologic issues.

For far too long, the plastics industry has claimed that plastics damaging the environment is mostly one of perception.  The “Plastics Plague” segment of 60 Minutes demonstrated that plastics waste is a real and massive problem. Plastics waste and microparticles are found everywhere including the oceans, rainwater and even microorganisms. The impact on the environment is indisputable, says Shaffer. Shaffer believes “We created the problem; we need to take ownership and fix the problem” and is calling for the industry to move the needle toward Zero Waste. The key is knowing which will really work and above all how to effectively implement the solution. Shaffer wants to help companies navigate the maze of potential solutions and choose the best and most cost-effective way to start.  

Shaffer sees an increased demand for a variety of sustainable solutions for medical and packaging products. Many companies have cut back on internal resources and are now missing both know-how and experience. His goal is to fill in the gap left since the need remains. Whether it is in the area of strategic planning, productivity improvement, product improvement or M&A support, “having ideas and visions is important. Knowing what really works and how to implement it is essential for turning dreams into reality”.  His many years of international experience, particularly for effective, practical solutions in the medical and packaging branches, will be interesting for growth oriented companies. 

Shaffer began his journey in the plastics industry at Beloit back in the late 70’s in the engineering department and continued on with their transition to Deacon plastics in 1981.  He was recruited by Demag Kunstoff Technik in 1983 to start plastics operations for the German company in the USA where he built their North American presence to the point when they acquired Van Dorn. He continued with Demag for a total of nearly 20 years until he took over as president of Netstal USA in 2002. He transformed Netstal USA to recover from the dying CD & DVD market and transformed them to a supplier of high-performance packaging system solutions including the first high cavitation IML systems in the USA.

Shaffer’s career turned to the other side of the table when he joined Flextronics in 2013 to build up their precision plastics capabilities and was a key member of the management team to implement their international strategy as a strategic supplier to the medical industry with a dual focus on tooling and manufacturing services. Westfall Technik was the next challenge which began with the founding of the company in September of 2016. Shaffer was one of the three-member core management team to establish and implement the M&A strategy with meteoric growth in tooling and contract manufacturing until March of 2019. 

For further information, please contact InterTech Rx, LLC or visit www.intertechrx.com. Contact Rick Shaffer through LinkedIn or by telephone at (480) 231 90 22.

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