"Our company's continued success has been built on the reliability and integrity
that we demonstrate with each of our customers, suppliers and employees."
- Chris Metz, CEO


 

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Innovative High Performance Plastics Keeping People Safe...
To do their jobs and keep us safe, everyday heroes rely on personal protective equipment made with innovative high performance plastics. Routinely putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us and our loved ones, our everyday heroes have some of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
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Pushing Polymers to New Limits...
Polymers have infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life. Now researchers are working on next-generation forms of the material. In 1920, the German chemist Hermann Staudinger proposed that polymers, a broad class of compounds that included rubber and cellulose, were made of long chains of identical small molecules linked by strong chemical bonds.
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Is it Possible to Make Recycling Plastics Easier...
Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every year end up in landfills, the oceans and elsewhere. Less than 9 percent of plastics are recycled in the United States, rising to about 30 percent in Europe. That's a $176 billion problem, the potential energy savings scientists say could be achieved from recycling all global plastic solid waste.
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What's in Store for 2018...
The U.S. manufacturing sector seems to be in a gathering speed phase. Unless something dramatic happens, we should see 2018 continue to gain more momentum. That assessment comes after the release of the Census Bureau's Report on Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for September 2017. The data in this report confirms the growth rates for many of the plastics-intensive end markets are gradually accelerating in a positive direction.
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The Impact of Technology...
As we start to roll full steam ahead in 2018, reports of new programs and increased volume from current customers, as well as the anticipated increase in sales, many manufacturers are struggling to find the labor needed fulfill their needs. Over the past six years, plastics executives have rated workforce development issues (training, recruiting, retaining) as a top challenge facing their company.
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IATF 16949 Quality Certification..
When the company embarked upon the effort to become IATF 16949 certified, it was less getting the certification, and more about how can we revamp our QMS (Quality Management System) while also improving our quality culture and the way we run the business.  
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2018 Novation Objectives/Outlook...
In 2018 our focus will be to utilize the principles of the IATF 16949 standard to reduce unnecessary variation in the business, while also improving our ability to effectively respond to variation in demand for our services.  2017 was a very strong year in terms of revenue growth, but it also came with unprecedented levels of demand fluctuation, which has a tendency to stress your processes.
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