April newsletter 2015

Polymer Resources Employee Anniversaries

  • Farmington:
  • Dave Boucher 10 years
  • Frank Boucher 7 years
  • Nicole D’Addio 5 years
  • Anthony Hernandez 5 years
  • Scot Imfeld 7 years +
  • Kelly Molaun 5 years
  • Jackie Pechout 25 years
  • Rochester:
  • Alan Eagley 21 years

Thank You for Your Hard Work& Dedication! We Appreciate You!


Reminder: schedule annual physical for employee & Aetna covered spouse prior to October 1st 2015 to guarantee placement in the HRA Wellness Group to earn more funding! Please contact Stephanie Vollono with any questions.






NPE 2015 by Howard Altman

I’d like express a big thank you to everyone who participated in NPE 2015. With over 75,000 people in attendance, Polymer displayed and portrayed the company message well. Throughout the 5 days of the show, our entire sales and operations team
cultivated relationships with new and existing customers, gained an understanding of new technology in the industry, and provide the presence necessary for increased brand awareness; something we are trying to promote moving forward in 2015. A few highlights
of the show include, but are not limited to: Potential of Leviton being a customer a (Pass and Seymour competitor) and other OEM Development opportunities, meeting with Pass and Seymour to secure business growth moving forward as well as acquiring an
additional black PC opportunity, increased material sourcing options to help facilitate profitability, and lastly, but never least, great shared memories. To everybody, a job well done!


SAFETY:2015 Bears & Motorcycles Kevin Sheehan

It looks like winter is over, and Spring is finally here.  As we move into the Spring Season, things that we have not seen for a while will begin to appear.  Those things include Black Bears that are coming out of hibernation, and motorcycles
that are coming out of winter storage and are back on the roads.  Awareness will help us to have safe experiences with both Bears and motorcycles.  First, the motorcycles.

During the winter months, we get used to not seeing motorcycles on the roads.  And during that period, folks with a passion for motorcycle riding develop a pent up demand for riding.  Once spring arrives, motorcycle riders will start to get
out and ride.  Riders should be sure that their bikes are in good working order, and auto drivers should be on the lookout for motorcycles.  

Since Motorcycles are smaller than automobiles, it is easy for an auto driver to not see a Motorcycle.  A motorcycle can easily be lost in the “blind spot” of rear view mirrors.  Drivers should not completely rely on mirrors. 
Be aware of the blind spot, and double check.  Also listen for the sound of a motor cycle.  Be cautious when going through intersections.  Insurance companies estimate that 45% of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections.  
Remember that motorcycles cannot “stop on a dime”, and allow a more following distance when behind a motorcycle.  Always assume that a motorcycle is closer than it looks.  Try not to think of the machine as a motorcycle, but as
a person in motion.

Motorcycle riders need to do their part too.  Riders should use turn signals, and should flash brake lights when slowing down.  Riders should not tail gate.  Riders should try to be visible when riding by wearing bright colors, and by
using headlights.  Riders should also be aware of the idea of blind spots in an automobile’s rearview mirrors, and try to avoid them.  If both riders and auto drivers look out for each other, then everyone will have a safe experience.

Now the Bears.  Why write about Bears in a safety article?  The following table provides a list of communities with the highest number of black bear sightings in CT between 4/8/2014 and 3/28/2015.  Note that Farmington had the highest
number of reports, and that surrounding towns were not far behind.

Reports of Black Bear Sightings in CT towns between 4/8/2014 and 3/28/2015.














New Hartford




















West Hartford







What would you do if you encountered a black bear in the parking lot at the Farmington plant site?





A Pain in the Back Preventing & Treating Low Back Pain


Warmer spring weather lures you outside for heavy yard work, now is a good time to learn about how to prevent and treat low back pain. Four out of every five people have had low back pain at one time or another. With symptoms ranging from a dull ache
to absolute agony, low back pain can put your life on hold. In fact, it’s second only to the common cold in causing missed work days for adults under age 45. Most low back pain clears up in a few days or weeks with a combination of rest, appropriate
exercise, and over-the-counter pain medicines. But pain that persists for more than three months-chronic back pain-is more difficult to treat, in part because there are many different possible causes.

The lower, or lumbar, spine is a complex structure made up of powerful muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. It provides the strength for standing, walking, lifting and other activities, and allows the body to turn, twist, and bend.

What Causes Back Pain? Back pain can be caused by a number of things, from sports injuries and other damage to simple wear and tear. If muscles are poorly conditioned or overworked, they are more easily strained. Someone who works all
week at a desk, for example, can strain their back muscles doing heavy yard work on the weekend. Likewise, if the ligaments that help stabilize the low back are weak from inactivity or stiff from overuse, a sudden wrenching movement can cause a ligament

Aging can also bring low back pain. Bones lose strength over time. In someone with osteoporosis, the bones of the lumbar vertebrae can break or compress in a fall or even during some everyday activities. Arthritis can inflame joints, causing pain and
stiffness. And “slipped disks,” in which the rubbery cartilage between disks bulge outward, can press against the spinal nerves to cause pain.

How To Keep Your Back Healthy – Keeping your back healthy is the best way to prevent low back injury. There are several practical things you can do:

Don’t try to lift objects too heavy for you. Lift by bending your knees, not your back; keep your back straight and your head down and in line with your back. Keep the object close to your body, and don’t twist when lifting.

Regular, low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes a day can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Always stretch before exercise
or other strenuous physical activity to prevent back injury.

Try to practice good posture. Your back supports your weight most easily when it is straight. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. When standing, keep your weight balanced on both feet. Keep your shoulders back and don’t slouch.

When sitting, try to use a chair with good lower back support. A pillow or rolled-up towel placed behind the small of your back might help. Make sure your work surfaces, like your keyboard, are at a comfortable height. If you have to sit
for a long period of time, rest your feet on a low stool or a stack of books. Switch sitting positions often, and walk around the office and gently stretch your muscles every so often to relieve tension.

Sleeping on a firm surface on your side helps your back.

Eat a healthy diet with enough calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D to help promote new bone growth.

Keep extra weight off your waistline, where it can strain your lower back.

If you smoke, quit; smoking reduces blood flow to the lower spine and causes the spinal discs to degenerate.


ISO Awareness

  – Don McBournie


A fundamental requirement of ISO9001: 2008 is that top management must insure that quality objectives are established, measureable and consistent with our quality policy. Our auditors will often ask; what are the company’s quality objectives? The
answer you should give is:


    • Our justified returns(our mistakes) should not exceed 2% of our total shipments.
    • The amount of nonconforming material we produce should not exceed 2% of the total we produce.
    • Our on time delivery must be 95% or better.


For March the values were:


    • Justified Returns:0.7% and for the year 0.4%.A great result continues.
    • Nonconforming Material: 2.3% for March. This exceeds our goal. This monthly performance was due in part to a high melt condition with PC HMFR1 and a color issue with natural PC/ABS.  
      For the year we are at 1.0%. Overall, still a solid performance.
    • On time delivery:  98.2% on time delivery for February. Again, a great performance.



Polymer Resources, Ltd. Newsletter compiled & edited by Carrie Morse. Please send submissions, ideas and suggestions to cmorse@prlresins.com.