September newsletter 2015

Polymer Resources Employee Anniversaries

  • Farmington:
  • Erin McKenna 4 years
  • Rollie Washburn 25 years
  • Rochester:
  • none this month

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.







Midwest Regional



Account Manager    by Kurt Lutterbach

Hello I am Kurt Lutterbach – Territory Account Manager for the Midwest Region located in the greater Chicago Area. As I am new to Polymer Resources and this is my first article for the newsletter, I thought I would start out with why I chose to
come to PRL and a little about who I am.

So why did I decide to leave my former employer and join Polymer Resources? I had a good job, I was closing business, I made a good salary, I was familiar with the company, the products and the customers. I can tell you with a doubt it was the feeling
of Family, Commitment and putting the customer first that I felt when I interviewed. At my former employer I was just a number, get in line wait your turn and we will get to you, typical for larger Multinational Corporation. Here at Polymer Resources
it is definitely different! Response time from our ‘supporting staff’ – i.e. technical, manufacturing, shipping, customer service, color…etc – is second to none and they genuinely care about the company and our customers.
I joined PRL because I felt I was becoming part of family and not another number. Now we are stuck with each other whether we like it or not…haha just kidding! I love it here and work hard everyday to so WE can be successful.

So who is Kurt Lutterbach, some of you reading this have met me and obviously some of you have not. Profound statement I know!?! Well here goes…I have been in sales in the Chicagoland area for 18 years and I have been in the plastics industry
for over 25 years!!! YIKES!!! I am married with 3 kids, Alex (21) Mason (18) and Emersen(13). My two oldest children are in college, both attending Auburn University in Auburn Alabama – WAR EAGLE!!! Our youngest Emme is in the 8th, she is on a
competitive cheer team and will be trying out for the tennis team this year as well. Jada, my wife, works for the school district in the town we live in, Yorkville, IL. We both enjoy playing golf, snow skiing, traveling with friends and the outdoors.

Enough about me, I’d like to switch gears now and add a little substance and maybe even some insight into SELLING…everyone has their thoughts and opinions on how to be an effective seller and here are mine…

1. Don’t forget to qualify your Customer
2. Don’t be so quick to say ‘YES’
3. Only tell them what they need to know, when they need to know it
4. Don’t over sell/over promise
5. Have a Goal and don’t
lose sight
6. Don’t talk past the sell

A short and simple list, maybe in my next article I can elaborate more on the above items. Thanks for reading and Have a Great Day!


SAFETY: Swim SafelyKevin Sheehan

What do you do in the event of a fire? The standard joke answer is “Yell Fire”. While it is important to send out a signal in the event of a fire, fires are no joke. Approximately 4,000 people die in fires every year, and another 25,000 people
are injured. Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is a serious subject. Fires can occur very quickly, and can rapidly spread. The speed at which a fire can happen does not allow time to stop and to think. It is best to have a plan for what to do
in the event of a fire to be already made up. A theme of that plan should be to escape from the fire (Get Out), to stay away from the fire (Stay Out), and to call for help (use 911).

A pre-determined escape plan is very important, both in the home and in the work place. The plan should include at least two different escape routes (just in case one is blocked). There should be an assembly point at the end of the escape route so that
everyone can be accounted for. Some plans designate a last person out to act as a “sweeper” to check to see that no one was left behind. Note that the escape often begins with a signal from an alarm or a smoke detector. Be sure that these
signaling devices are kept in good working order.

Escape routes should be well marked, and be well maintained so that they are free of any blockages. Signs indicating an escape route should well maintained so that they can be easily seen. Sometimes, escape routes include markings on the floor. There
is a good reason for that.

Smoke from a fire tends to rise, and is more dense at ceiling height than at floor height. Since smoke can make it hard to see where you are going when you are standing up, vision can often be improved by getting on your hands and knees, and crawling
on the floor where the smoke is less dense. That process can be aided by having escape routes marked on the floor.

In the event that your clothing catches on fire, the best thing to do is to stand still (Stop), get down on the ground (Drop), and roll around to smother the fire (Roll). Be ready to help someone do this if their cloths are on fire. Sometimes a blanket
can be used when rolling, but remove the blanket promptly to avoid injury. Most fire extinguishers remove oxygen, and should never be discharged onto a burning person.

While escape should be your primary objective, it is a good idea to know how to use a fire extinguisher. While local Fire Departments provide the best training, a word to keep in mind about using a fire extinguisher is PASS (P-Pull the pin and hold the
nozzle pointing away from you; A-Aim the extinguisher low at the base of the fire; S-Squeeze the operating lever slowly and evenly; S-Sweep the nozzle from side to side.) Be aware of where fire extinguishers are located in both the home and the work
place. Look the fire extinguishers over occasionally to be sure that they are not damaged, blocked, or missing.

Perhaps the most important point in dealing with a fire is fire prevention. Plenty of information is available about fire prevention. Be careful with smoking, particularly smoking in bed. Take care to store combustible materials away from sources of
flame. A cooking area is a good place for a fire to start. Keep things like papers away from cooking surfaces. Also have a fire extinguisher in an obvious location in cooking area. Detailed information about fire prevention and about fire safety in
general can be found at the following links. Knowledge and planning will help keep us all safe from fires.



The ABCs of Healthy Back-to-School Meals and Snacks

Dig into this lunchbox lesson plan.

Meal idea: grilled cheese made with low-fat cheese and whole-grain bread.


Kids are heading back to school, and if you’re busy buying notebooks, pencils and papers, don’t forget to restock your pantry and fridge with foods and beverages that provide brain-boosting nutrients to help pint-sized learners perform their best in
and out of school.

Here are some suggestions on how to plan and pack lunches and afterschool snacks:

Brain-Boosting Breakfasts
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children (and adults). Kids who eat a healthy breakfast perform better in school and are less likely to be overweight.Parents are advised to provide nutrient-rich
breakfasts that contain whole grains, a dairy serving and fruit. Here are some breakfast picks:


  • Whole-grain cereal with fresh fruit and low-fat milk;
  • Yogurt with fresh fruit and low-fat granola;
  • Eggs, whole-wheat toast and fresh fruit;
  • Grilled cheese (made with low-fat cheese and whole-grain bread) and 100 percent juice; and
  • Peanut butter (or any type of nut butter) and banana or fresh strawberry sandwich on whole-grain bread, with low-fat milk


Lunchbox Lesson Plan
Many parents pack lunches that don’t make the grade. A recent study reported that packed lunches were less nutritious than school lunches.

The research found home-prepared lunches were higher in sodium and had less produce, dairy and whole-grain servings. What’s more, some 90 percent of the lunches parents packed had a sweetened beverage, snack chips and dessert – items not even allowed
in the National School Lunch Program.

To be a lunch box hero, focus on what to put in the lunch instead of what to keep out. Start with a protein [and] add a whole grain, then a fruit or vegetable serving. A dairy serving – milk, cheese or yogurt – is also important to support
bone growth and development.

Some lunch box ideas:


  • Nut butter on whole-grain tortilla with fresh fruit slices and container of low-fat milk;
  • Hummus and veggie wrap made with whole-grain tortilla, hummus and veggies. Served with a container of yogurt or milk;
  • Lunch kit with 3 to 4 whole-wheat crackers, 2 to 3 slices turkey or chicken breast; and low-fat cheese or mini cheese squares or wedges;
  • Whole-wheat pasta salad (with veggies, chicken or tuna) and low-fat milk or yogurt;
  • Whole-wheat wrap filled with chicken or turkey, avocado and lettuce. Serve with cherry tomato and mozzarella cheese pieces on a skewer; and
  • Tuna or chicken salad in half of a whole-wheat pita pocket with leaf lettuce, a piece of fruit or fresh fruit cup and low-fat milk.


Smart After School Snacks
A research revealed that children eat, on average, 27 percent of their total daily energy – some 586 calories! – from primarily nutrient-poor choices including juice, candy, cookies, soda and chips.

Snacks should come from food groups that children need more of, such as fruit, dairy, whole grains and especially veggies. To get kids to eat more veggie-based snacks paired them with a ranch or pizza-flavored dip. Hummus makes a great dip; the plant-based
protein and fiber help keep kids satisfied. Skip the milk and cookies, and opt for these healthier between-meal munchies:


    • Fresh fruit kebob with tube of low-fat yogurt;
    • Apple slices with peanut butter and low-fat granola;
    • Fresh cut veggies and whole-wheat pita chips with individual container of flavored hummus (pizza flavor is now available from Sabra!);
    • Bowl of vegetable-based soup with whole-grain crackers;
    • Trail mix with low-fat milk;
    • Low-fat cheese with whole-grain crackers; and
    • Two whole-grain fig bars with low-fat milk or yogurt


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 AUGUST the values were:

  • Justified Returns:  0.3% and for the year 0.4%. A great result continues.
  • Nonconforming Material: 0.2% for August. For the year we are at 1.6% . 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%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