March newsletter 2015

Polymer Resources Employee Anniversaries

  • Farmington:
  • Fred Jerome 25 years
  • Matt Johns 2 years
  • George Kelly 20 years
  • James Thomas 1 year
  • Rochester:
  • Deng Nyirou 5 years

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



Selling in




1980’s vs. Selling in 2015 by Kelly Mollaun

When I started my career in plastics back in the 80’s there were some noticeable differences in the sales process. We didn’t have laptops, cell phones, hot spots or GPS to aid us in making the sale. Things were slower back then in all aspects
of life. All of those items that I listed in the previous sentence have become a part of our everyday lives and especially utilized in our careers. I remember stopping at the local gas station and using a pay phone to call my next appointment. I remember
using the atlas that I carried in my car in order to find my way from one stop to another. I remember using a pager system which was used to get ahold of a salesperson while they were on the road but that was only if you had roaming capabilities. Has
the invention of all of these electronic items made our lives easier or harder? Back in the 80’s the customers didn’t seem to have all of our information at their fingertips as they do currently.

Let’s talk about what hasn’t changed between the 1980’s and 2015 in reference to sales. The art of selling hasn’t changed much from century to century. The old adage that “you need to sell yourself” holds true today
as it has for many years. I still believe that salesmanship occurs when you are sitting across the desk from your customer and looking them in the eyes while discussing business. Some folks may differ from my opinion but the noted “belly to belly”
selling technique produces results. Relationships are built during the time that is spent between the salesperson and the customer. This is done over lunches, dinners, ballgames, golfing and other common interests that are developed. A loyal customer
is harder to find in 2015 compared to the days of when information wasn’t as readily available to them. Our mission statement that we have here at PRL supports the following items that we need to sell ourselves, our service and our technical expertise
in order to develop that customer into being a long term partner with us.



For October 2015 – To receive the Primepay HRA bonus coverage employees and their covered spouses that will be enrolled in Polymer Resources’ 2015-2016 medical and prescription plan must comply with the below:

Employees and their covered spouses must have an annual preventive care visit with their physician and have the Physician Attestation form completed and submitted to Human Resources between October 1st, 2014 and October 1st, 2015.
The Preventive Care visit is paid at 100% and will be no cost to you. (Refer to your Aetna plan summary to find out exactly what preventive care services are no cost to you.)

Our Preventive Care Campaign is designed to assist our employees and their spouses in achieving the best possible health.  Developing a relationship with your physician can be the first step and having an annual physical helps you stay in control
of your health.  It can be difficult to get an appointment with your doctor so schedule your preventive care visit today!  If you do not have a doctor, use the ‘find a doc’ tools on

Bring your Attestation Form to your doctor visit for completion.  The form must be signed and submitted to Human Resources no later than October 1st, 2015 to qualify for the wellness incentive.



SAFETY:On Frozen Ponds and LakesKevin Sheehan

We have had a very cold winter.  As a result of that, most ponds and lakes are going to be covered with ice for quite a while.  Most of our local ponds and lakes are covered with at least a foot of ice. Ice is pretty strong stuff.  Because
it is supported by the water underneath, it can bear pretty heavy loads.   So how thick does ice have to be before you can walk on it?  We can learn about that from our friends in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published a very informative article about safely enjoying frozen lakes and ponds.  That article can be found with the following link.  This article recommends staying off of ice that is less than 2 inches thick.  It goes on to say those 4 inches of ice is a good guideline for ice fishing walking
and skating, and that 5 inches is a minimum for safely operating snowmobiles or ATV’s.  If you want to drive a car onto the ice, then the ice should be at least 8 inches to 12 inches thick.  Regardless of these guidelines, it is best
not to drive a vehicle out onto the ice.  Leave vehicles on dry land and enjoy a walk on the ice.

This article points out the importance of checking the thickness of ice before venturing out.  It is important to keep in mind that thickness of the ice may vary at different locations on a lake.  So it is a good idea to check thickness at
many locations.  One efficient way to check the thickness is with a cordless electrical drill.

Using a cordless drill and a long, five-eighths inch wood auger bit, you can drill through eight inches of ice in less than 30 seconds. Most cordless drills that are at least 7.2 volts will work, but the type of bit is critical. You need a wood auger
bit since they have a spiral called a “flute” around the shaft that metal drilling bits don’t. The flutes pull the ice chips out of the hole and help keep it from getting stuck; much in the way a full-sized ice auger works. After drilling a hole,
measure ice thickness with a measure tape.

No matter how many precautions you take, there is always a chance that you or someone else will fall through the ice.  Here are some guidelines to keep in mind incase that happens.

Try to remain calm (While that may be easier said than done, panic never help in resolution of any problem).

  1. Don’t remove your winter clothing. Heavy clothes won’t drag you down, but instead can trap air to provide warmth and flotation. This is especially true with a snowmobile suit.
  2. Turn toward the direction you came. That’s probably the strongest ice.
  3. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface. This is where a pair of nails, sharpened screwdrivers or ice picks comes in handy in providing the extra traction you need to pull yourself up onto the ice.
  4. Kick your feet and dig in your ice picks to work your way back onto the solid ice. If your clothes have trapped a lot of water, you may have to lift yourself partially out of the water on your elbows to let the water drain before starting forward.
  5. Lie flat on the ice once you are out and roll away from the hole to keep your weight spread out. This may help prevent you from breaking through again.
  6. Get to a warm, dry, sheltered area and re-warm yourself immediately. In moderate to severe cases of cold water hypothermia, you must seek medical attention. Cold blood trapped in your extremities can come rushing back to your heart after you begin to
    re-warm. The shock of the chilled blood may cause ventricular fibrillation leading to a heart attack and death!

With these guidelines in mind, there are other things that you should do if you encounter someone who has just fallen through the ice. It is Most Important to resist the urge to run to the edge of the hole containing the individual that has fallen thorough. This would most likely result in two victims in the water. Also, do not risk your life to attempt to save a pet or other animal. Again, remain calm, and keep the following guidelines in mind.

First, call 911 for help. There is a good chance someone near you may be carrying a cell phone.Follow the Preach, Reach, Throw, Row, Go method.

PREACH-Shout to the victim to encourage them to fight to survive and reassure them that help is on the way.

REACH-If you can safely reach the victim from shore, extend an object such as a rope, ladder, or jumper cables to the victim. If the person starts to pull you in, release your grip on the object and start over. (It is a good idea to pack a long
rope with your ice fishing supplies.)

THROW-Toss one end of a rope or something that will float to the victim. Have them tie the rope around themselves before they are too weakened by the cold to grasp it.

ROW-Find a light boat to push across the ice ahead of you. Push it to the edge of the hole, get into the boat and pull the victim in over the bow. It’s not a bad idea to attach some rope to the boat, so others can help pull you and the victim
to safety.

GO-A non‑professional shouldn’t go out on the ice to perform a rescue unless all other basic rescue techniques have been ruled out.

If the situation is too dangerous for you to perform the rescue, call 911 for help and keep reassuring the victim that help is on the way and urge them to fight to survive. Heroics by well‑meaning but untrained rescuers sometimes result in two deaths.

With the proper safety precautions taken, going for a walk on a lake, or a skate on a lake, or spending a day ice fishing can make a winter day very enjoyable. It might even make you wish that winter would never end.


Energy Boosters that Fight Fatigue Too!


Boost your energy level and fight fatigue! Are you wondering where all of your precious energy has gone? You are not alone. Fatigue and lack of energy are amongst the most common complaints doctors hear from their patients in the wellness practice. Chances
are there are some simple, dietary changes you could make that will help refuel and restore waning energy levels. Here are some top dietary strategies for just
saying whoa! to fatigue:

• Be sure to have some high quality protein at each feeding/meal.The digestion of protein gives rise to a prolonged and sustained blood glucose level which translates to a steady and robust energy level.

Top picks for energizing proteins are omega 3 fortified eggs, beans, fish, poultry, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole soy foods.

• Indulge in a prudent portion (1/2 to 1 ounce) of high quality dark chocolate.This delectable treat provides just the right amount of sugar and caffeine to jump-start dwindling energy levels and is loaded with some of the most powerful antioxidants
yet documented. These antioxidant flavanols enhance blood flow which provides an additional energy boost.

• Drink a cup of freshly brewed tea.Tea provides a modest amount of energy – boosting caffeine, along with super-potent antioxidants called catechins that increase blood flow. Tea might be the only food that can boost energy, enhance
immunity, prevent cancer, and protect against heart disease all for zero calories!

• Eat more beans!Beans are nature’s most perfect energy-boosting food. They are a rich source of the body’s preferred fuel – glucose – that’s released steadily over a long period of time (this translates to immediate,
but sustained energy). In addition, they are chock full of several B vitamins and minerals that play a key role in energy production at the cellular level.

Energy boosting foods can make all the difference in your day-to-day life. So many of us suffer from chronic exhaustion and fatigue. If you have tried everything and still haven’t found the right energy booster, check out the tips below. All are excellent
energy boosters and if you include them in your life daily, you are sure to feel less fatigued and more energetic — not to mention healthy! Here are some top dietary strategies for just saying whoa to fatigue:

  • Don’t let yourself go hungryTrue hunger signifies low blood sugar levels, which means your brain and muscles will be deprived of the precious fuel they require to operate properly. Consume 3 meals a day with snacks between as necessary to keep
    ravenous hunger at bay. This will help maintain a steady blood glucose level, which translates to steady energy levels.
  • Strictly avoid Trans fats(processed foods containing hydrogenated oils, stick margarine, many fried foods) and minimize saturated fats (red meat, butter, whole dairy products).Both Trans fats and saturated fats are energy busters because they
    impair blood flow. Decreased blood flow translates to decreased energy.

Avoid the “Great White Hazards”-white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, and excess sugar. These quickly digested high glycemic carbs give rise to a flash flood of glucose in your arteries that is always followed by a corresponding sharp
and rapid drop in blood glucose levels shortly thereafter. Your brain and muscles simply can’t function when blood glucose dips too low. Choose whole grains for your starch fix or fresh fruit for your sugar fix to avoid the blood glucose roller-coaster
ride associated with their refined, Great White Hazard counterparts.


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 February the values were:


    • Justified Returns:0.6% and for the year 0.3%.A great result continues.
    • Nonconforming Material:0.5% and for the year we are at 1.4%, a continuing improvement
    • On time delivery:  1.0% 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