November newsletter 2015

Polymer Resources Employee Anniversaries

  • Farmington:
  • none this month
  • Rochester:
  • Brian Watson 10 years

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



  • Please notify HR if there are any changes to your address, beneficiaries for Life & 401k, W4 (Fed & State) and/or dependents.Please contact Stephanie Vollono with any questions.







The Pond Guys


by Tim Mulcahy

New customers and applications are key to growing our business here at PRL. Getting a chance to look at new opportunities is just the beginning of a process involving all of us and it is satisfying to know that something productive may result from our work efforts. 
One such new customer and application presented itself in the last few months involving water and plastics.A little background information first.
The name Michigan is derived from the Indian words “Michi-gama” meaning large lake – with 3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline (more fresh water coastline than any other state). Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes and has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.  
It stands to reason with this abundance of water you find a lot of ponds in Michigan as well.
A motivated 15 year old, realizing the demand for comprehensive pond treatments, began a pond raking business based in his parents pole barn. The small town pond service grew into a nationwide company providing pond care products to customers in all 50 states and today known as The Pond Guy.
The Pond Guy Company sells all types of pond supplies including a number of pumps and fountains that are used to aerate the water in ponds to keep it alive and healthy. Many of these products are designed by The Pond Guy and then tooled and produced in China for $ cost reasons.
Never happy with the quality level and long pipeline supply of material The Pond Guy is starting to bring back to Michigan many of the products that where once produced in China.

PRL’s involvement with The Pond Guy came via Anticipated Plastics.
Anticipated Plastics is a family run injection molding business with about 8-10 machines. Anticipated originally asked us to quote a Geloy alternative, our PC/ASA-GP2 that will be used in a number of parts all producing a fountain pond pump assembly. After approval of the Product Development request, we shipped 100 lbs. of our black PC/ASA-GP2 material to be sampled in a number of the tools.
Anticipated was very happy with the way our material processed. Further they requested a color match in BLUE for one of the parts and provided a 1500 lb. order once color is approved.

Below photo of Pond Pump Molded Parts.

PRL color team provided two possible color matches very quickly and the Blue color was approved.
While at The Pond Guy offices delivering the color match samples, their design team had numerous questions about plastics and water absorption. Many of these pond pumps are located underwater for a number of years. With a quick phone call we had a PRL Product Engineer on the phone and had a good roundtable discussion on water and plastics. All of this team generated activity provided great benefits to the customer in a very timely fashion.
This one application will present a 15,000 to 20,000 pound usage in PC/ASA-GP2 Black and a 3,000 pound usage in PC/ASA BLUE or PC/ABS Blue. Further we are seen as a great source of value for technical information, timely turnaround on samples and color matches. This puts us in a great position for future tool transfers, new designs and growing our business.
Thank you for your support!


SAFETY: Get Ready For WinterKevin Sheehan


The days are getting shorter, and colder.  Winter will be here soon.  With winter comes spending time indoors, and winter driving.  Now is a good time to check to be sure that both you, and your car, are ready for a safe winter. 
During winter, we spend a lot of time indoors, and we that provides plenty of opportunities to come in contact with others.  That contact allows us to share things like “cold germs”.  It is a good idea to get a Flu Shot before winter begins.  It is also a good idea to remember how cold germs are passed from one person to another.
Studies have found that we pass germs on primarily through hand contact.  Someone with a head cold might touch a door knob, and then someone without a head cold touches the same door knob.  After that, a touch to the face helps a cold to start.  A key step to avoiding colds is to wash your hands often.  Doing that helps to prevent transfer of germs from one person to another.
Here are some tips on avoiding colds.
While cars do not catch head colds, they do need to be prepared for winter.  Perhaps the simplest preparation is to be sure that you have a good ice scraper in your car.  Frosty windows present a driving hazard, and a good ice scraper will help to keep windows clean.  The idea scraper is a long handled one that also has a brush for cleaning off snow.  Speaking of snow, it is also not a bad idea to have a small shovel in your car.

While driving in the snow is the subject of another article, remember that slush on the windshield will have to be cleaned off.  Windshield wipers do a good job of this, and new wiper blades work best.  Also, be sure that low temperature windshield washer fluid is in your car’s system.  This will prevent washer fluid lines from freezing, and will help you to avoid aggravation

Replacing automobile tires in the dead of winter is an aggravating experience.  Winter driving will require good tires.  It is a good idea to check your car’s tire treads now.  If the tires are worn, then now would be a good time to replace them so you can enter winter with good tires.
And here are some tips for getting your car ready for winter.
Winter will only last a few months, so enjoy it safely while it is here.









E-Cigarettes have 10x more cancer causing ingredients than regular cigs


The trendy e-cig may not be as “safe” as originally thought. A new study shows that they contain volatile organic compounds, acetone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzopyrene as well as silicate and various metal particles. The German Cancer Research Center, Heildelberg calls the e-cigarette, “An uncontrolled experiment with Consumers.”

Electronic cigarettes are not emission-free. E-cigarettes contain volatile organic substances, including propylene glycol, flavors and nicotine, and are emitted as mist or aerosol into indoor air. Study showed that these ultrafine liquid particles of less than 2.5 micrometer in diameter may penetrate deeply into the lungs. Study further showed that these e-cigarettes produce substantially fewer ultrafine particles than conventional cigarettes, however, the substances emitted by e-cigarettes may be inhaled by non-users when used indoor. Second-hand exposure to e-cigarette emission which may lead to adverse health effects cannot be excluded says the German Cancer Research Center, Heildelberg

The study goes on to say that the findings revealed the following about the emissions of e-cigarette: a) besides glycol (the main ingredient), nicotine, flavors, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, volatile organic compounds, acetone, formaldehyde. acetaldehyde, benzo(a)pyrene as well as silicate and various metal particles are present, and b) the particle size is between I00 and 600 nanometers, which is comparable to the particle size found in tobacco smoke of conventional cigarettes. The levels of most harmful substances are lower in thee-cigarettes than in conventional cigarette smoke, but they do accumulate in indoor air.

Not that anyone needed a study to tell them that inhaling unknown vapors is unhealthy, but it is good to know that it does produce “secondhand” harms so people can take precautions around their children and others. The one thing that we can definitely count on from this study is that it will not be long before the state begins violating the property rights of business owners by mandating that they disallow e-cig smoking on their private property.


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 OCTOBER the values were:

  • Justified Returns:  0.3% and for the year 0.3%. A great result continues.
  • Nonconforming Material: 0.7% for August. For the year we are at 1.6% . which is well within our 2015 goal. A huge improvement!
  • On time delivery:  99.7%on time delivery for October. Again, an incredible performance. Companies I have talked with are happy with 95%.

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