july newsletter 2015

Polymer Resources Employee Anniversaries

  • Farmington:
  • Howard Altman 17 years
  • Richard Dube 3 years
  • Mike Koss 3 years
  • Joe Simone 16 years
  • Alan Davis 8 years
  • Todd Hotes 5 years
  • David Michaud 2 years
  • Rob Spano 15 years
  • Rochester:
  • Candace Hunt 5 years

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



Annual Hearing Test
The Hearing Center will be here Wed. August 26th starting at 6:30 am taking 3rdshift employees continuing with 1st shift – they will resume testing @ 2:45pm for 1st shift and 2nd shift to complete process.


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.








A Burning Success: BernzOmatic Torch Components Are Made With PRL Resin Products by Rob Spano

The next time you enjoy a delicious, caramelized, culinary dessert such a crème brulee’ think of Polymer Resources.   The next time you solder a pipe, start a campfire or light a grill, think of Polymer Resources.
What do
all these activities have in common with Polymer Resources?   These occasions are often made possible with hand-held torches made by leading NY manufacturer BernzOmatic. 
BernzOmatic was founded in 1876 by Mr. Otto Bernz in Newark
NJ.  BernzOmatic is a manufacturer of torches, lighters and fuel cylinders.  Currently owned by Worthington Industries, BernzOmatic products are sold nationally at most retail stores that offer hardware products.  Look for BernzOmatic
products the next time you shop

These high volume, mass produced and stringently tested torch products were manufactured at the BernzOmatic facility in Medina NY from 1969 thru 2014.   Medina NY is located in Western NY  between Buffalo and Rochester.   
The Medina manufacturing plant was closed in 2014 and was consolidated with a facility in Chilton WI

Most everyone has either used or seen a BernzOmatic torch product in action.  The critical molded plastic components have utilized Polymer Resources resin products since 2002
These plastic components include flame adjustment knobs, triggers
and cases.   The approved materials include:  ABS-FR-7141 Black (molded case halves), TP-FR-G30-6200 Red, TP-FR-G30-4322 Yellow and TP-FR-G30-2502 Blue for knobs/triggers

The opportunity arose in mid-2002 when long-time molder Ontario Plastics, Rochester NY expressed interest in alternate sourcing due to colorant problems, long lead times and pricing issues with current supplier GE Plastics (now SABIC-IP).  
Ontario Plastics had the support of end user BernzOmatic to pursue PRL approvals

Ontario had difficulties adding colorant to natural, glass filled Valox material and experienced delivery delays which affected production at BernzOmatic.    To solve these problems, PRL offered to color match and supply pre-colored resin
with 2 week lead time.  This solution was very acceptable to the molder and end user.

PRL data sheets and UL listings were reviewed and verified.  Performance requirements included UL94-V0 flame rating, chemical resistance, and glass reinforcement for increased stiffness.  The material specifications to be replaced were Valox
420 SEO and Cycolac KJW 

 PRL then quickly and accurately color matched Red, Yellow, and Blue parts in May 2012.   ABS-FR-7001 Black sample resin was also sent for testing     Color chips were approved and mold trials were successful.  
The first order placed was 12,000 lbs. in November 2002
We have successfully maintained and grown this business for almost 13 years due to an excellent working relationship with Ontario Plastics, and by supplying consistent product and service.

The OEM approvals allowed for direct contact with BernzOmatic.   Relationships were developed with engineering and purchasing contacts at BernzOmatic, Medina NY.    With a solid track record of supplying quality resin
products this business should remain with PRL for many more years to come


SAFETY: Swim SafelyKevin Sheehan

Now that the warm weather is approaching, there will be opportunities to go swimming.  There are ponds, lakes, oceans, and pools ready to accommodate swimmers.  Swimming is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages.  For full enjoyment,
it is important to follow Safe Swimming Practices. 
Perhaps the most important practice is to never swim alone.  It is best to either swim with a “buddy” or to go to a public place where other people are swimming. 
An even better practice is to swim only where Life Guards are present.  Be aware of your physical condition, and do not try to swim at a level beyond their means.  It is best to avoid swimming in water that is over your head.  It is also
important to be alert when swimming.  So avoid alcohol and/or drugs before swimming.
When swimming with your family, or with a group of friends, it is important to keep an eye on everyone.  Young children should not be left unattended
near the water, and should be instructed to ask permission before going near the water.  If anyone in a group is unaccounted for, then check the water carefully.  A few seconds can be very critical in the event of an accident in the water. 

It is important to be aware of where you are swimming.  Know where deep spots are, and know where currents or strong tides are.  Also, be very careful about diving into water.  If there is any question at all about what is under
the water, then do not dive in.  One of the advantages of swimming in a public beach is that there are designated areas for swimming.   Stay within those areas, and follow the established rules. 
Be sure that everyone in your
group knows how to swim.  Approved life jackets are useful, but they should not be considered a substitute for knowing how to swim.  Swimming lessons are available from a number of sources, including the American Red Cross. 
what to do if someone has a problem while swimming.  Be aware of where of find things that can be tossed to someone struggling in the water.  Know where Life Guards are, and do not hesitate to ask them for assistance.   Know when
and how to call 9-1-1 for assistance.
The American Red Cross provides plenty of training on, and information about water safety.   This information can be found at their website http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/swim-safety .  This web site will help you to know what to do before a problem occurs.
Swimming is great fun for everyone.  Knowing how to swim safely will provide plenty of enjoyment throughout the summer months.



PRL supports Chicago NPE 2015. Howard Altman and Kurt Lutterbach.


11 Signs It’s Skin Cancer
Fact: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Fact: Most people don’t know how to apply SPF properly. Also fact (and a bummer): Deadly skin cancers will continue to increase over the next 15 years. Basically, the sun’s a trifling troll and it ain’t going away.

Now that we’ve thoroughly horrified you—sorry, not sorry—how about some cheering up? The good news is that the earlier you catch and treat it, the more likely your dermatologist can cure the cancer—about 90% of the time, says Mona
Gohara, M.D., board-certified dermatologist in Connecticut. Small win! But before you roll your eyes and protest that you never use tanning beds or spend that much time outside, overexposure to UV rays isn’t the only factor you need to consider. 
Here’s a sample of things you’d be surprised up your cancer risk:

  • A relative—ma, pa, bro, sis—who battled skin cancer previously increases your odds.
  • Fair skin—especially if you have blond or red hair.
  • Getting many x-ray treatments (this can take years to cause risk, but *the more you know*).
  • Having an immune-weakening disease such as Lymphoma and HIV.
  • Bad burns or scars that have been exposed to UV rays.
  • Smoking cigarettes. (Why are we not surprised?)

For a complete list, check out the American Academy of Dermatology.​  So, you know what​ can cause this fatal
disease but how​ can you spot it?


First, we need to break skin cancer into its three basic types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

  • BCC is the most common form of skin cancer and is often located in areas frequently exposed to sunlight (neck, face, hands, arms)
  • melanoma primarily refers to moles and it’s the deadliest form
  • SCC is similar to BCC except it also includes cancer spotted specifically inside the mouth, on the lips, and around a person’s genitals and usually arises from preexisting&conditions (like diseases or genetics). [pauses for you to absorb all that]
    We good?

A lot of their symptoms overlap—which doesn’t really matter because despite which category you fall under, it’s still skin cancer.We tapped into Gohara’s expertise to find out which “little” signs could potentially mean big trouble down the road
if untested:

1. If you cut it in half, do both sides match up evenly? Asymmetrical moles aren’t good.
2. Also look out for moles with jagged or irregular edges—normal ones are typically smooth.
3. If you’ve noticed the color of your moles become darker or just change color, ahem.
4. Track your mole’s size to see if it’s growing. Anything bigger than, say, the size of a pencil eraser needs to be checked out.
5. Moles that bleed or hurt.
6. Pimples that won’t go away on sun-exposed skin. Zits appear and disappear all the time, but if a translucent, pimple-like bump doesn’t go away after a month or so, it’s most likely not a pimple.
7. Bruises on your feet that won’t heal.
8. Exposure to HPV took us by surprise. So genitals—that normally don’t see daylight unless, you know, you’re chilling at a nude beach—with the virus can also develop squamous cells and lead to skin cancer.
9. A key phrase is “non-healing sore,” which often refers to problems in the mouth (caused by smoking). Oral skin cancer falls under the SCC column, so please, DON’T PUFF THE TOBACCO.
10. Look under your fingernails for brown or black streaks. These can also appear on your toes.
11. Crusty, scaly skin is another biggie. But there’s a difference between this and things like dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema even though these can all mimic each other in appearance.


Usually, skin cancers are tender and won’t respond to topical creams that most other ailments react to. While these symptoms don’t always link to skin cancer, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible.

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:

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

For JUNE the values were:

  • Justified Returns:  0.3% and for the year 0.4%. A
    great result continues.
  • Nonconforming Material: 3.5% for JUNE . For the year we are at 2.6% .
    which is out of our goal range. This is simply a typical result for a startup of new technology, the twin screw. We were clearly on a learning curve. It will improve with experience.
  • On time delivery:  99.7%on time delivery for June. Again, an incredible performance. Companies I have talked with are happy with 95%.

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