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Mercantile Development, Inc. expands their production with a new OMET line

The new line can process, with reliable high performance, both paper and non-woven material to manufacture many different types of napkins and wipes

OMET fully automated converting lines have been developed to assist converters in easy and rapid change-over on the same machine, drastically decreasing machine stops. This allows converters to be very flexible and to offer their customers a wide range of products. This is the reason why Mercantile Development, Inc. (MDI) chose another OMET converting line to expand their production capability of napkins and wipers.

The OMET TV503 line is the third OMET line acquired by the company. It is not only able to process paper and non-woven materials in an easy and reliable way but also enables the automatic transfer of products to the inline wrapping machine.

“OMET has a decades-long track record of providing personalized solutions to help us meet ambitious productivity and customer satisfaction goals,” says Calla Fankhanel, Vice President of Operations at MDI. “The new OMET Americas service hub has strengthened our partnership and made the decision to add yet another OMET production line an easy one. OMET’s modular design for removable cassette folding heads provides endless possibilities for tooling combinations. That flexibility helps us meet wide-ranging customer needs in a small production footprint.”


MDI, The Wiper Specialists®, is a specialty converter of professional grade nonwoven wiping products with corporate headquarters and 140,000 sq ft converting facility in Shelton, Connecticut. Their PRO-SERIES® brand wipers are used for critical cleaning applications in workplaces worldwide from clean manufacturing and facilities maintenance, to agribusiness and foodservice, to healthcare and critical environment settings. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, MDI is proud to be third generation family owned, a WBENC-Certified Womens Business Enterprise, and ISO 9001:2015 certified for the design, manufacture and sale of nonwoven wiping products.

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Established in 1963, OMET is an Italian OEM of Converting Equipment for the production of non-woven and paper folded products like wipers, napkins, towels, facials, placemats. Nowadays OMET is a global player in the printing and converting industry with more than 2,000 installations world-wide and subsidiaries all over the globe.

Particularly, OMET Americas, Inc. is the US subsidiary of OMET. Located in Mount Prospect, IL, its mission is to support US and Canadian clients with local technical service and parts.

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