Aurora Plastics Appoints New Customer Service Representative

Janet MartineauSTREETSBORO, OH – June 19, 2017 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in PVC compounds, announces the appointment of Janet Martineau as customer service representative.

In her role, Janet will provide service and support to Aurora Plastics’ customers, ensuring that the company will meet its commitments. She will also support the sales team, facilitating questions and /or requests for product information.

Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, Janet held various customer service roles at PPG, in addition to serving as an administrator for their key distributor program, the Platinum Program.

“We are excited to have Janet on the team,” says Steve Harrigan, vice president of sales, Aurora Plastics. “She brings the right combination of communication and sales support skills needed to meet our operating plan objectives and continue providing outstanding service to our customers which differentiates us in the industry.”

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. She begins her position effective immediately.

Janet can be reached by phone at (330).626.6438.

Aurora Plastics Announces Acquisition of Reinier Plastics

The combined company will focus on initiatives that accelerate growth and deliver enhanced value to customers

STREETSBORO, OH –  June 1, 2017 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in PVC compounds, announced today the acquisition of compounder Reinier Plastics, Inc. (Plastique Reinier Inc.) of Marieville, Quebec. The move marks Aurora Plastics’ continued commitment to offering the highest quality PVC products in the industry, backed by the finest customer service. Both companies differentiate themselves by providing innovative custom compounds with unparalleled lead times, exceptional quality, outstanding customer service and in-field technical support.

“Aurora is focused on enabling our customers’ success by providing outstanding compounds, service and solutions. The acquisition of Reinier allows us to build on both companies’ commitment to customers while expanding our product offering and footprint.” says Darrell Hughes, CEO of Aurora Plastics. “Aurora Plastics has established strong business relationships with its customers. For 25 years, Reinier has had the same focus. Our goal is to be our customers’ first choice in polymer compounds, enabling their success through innovation, consistent-high-quality products and exceptional customer service.” 

Specifically, the combined company will offer a wider range of custom PVC compounding capabilities, including the following products:

  • Rigid PVC powders
  • Rigid PVC pellets (cubes and hexcut)
  • Clear, opaque, and colored flexible PVC with a variety of properties
  • Rigid cellular PVC (AuroraLite™)
  • Clear rigid PVC
  • PVC/Acrylic pellets (AuroraShield™)
  • Purge compounds

The acquisition also expands the combined company’s supply chain and manufacturing footprint, adding to their ability to quickly and efficiently supply customers with the products they need.  The combined company operates three PVC compound production facilities across the United States and Canada in Marieville, Quebec, Welcome, North Carolina and Streetsboro, Ohio.

“We viewed Aurora as the best partner to enable Reinier’s next phase of growth and we’re very excited to continue this journey with our customers and employees” says Luc Tremblay, President, Reinier Plastics. “Aurora’s commitment to growth, including planned investments in our Quebec facility, is a big positive for our customers, employees and supplier partners”

Reinier’s customers can expect the same level of customer attention and product quality they have come to enjoy during the transition period and under new ownership.

Founded in 1997, Aurora Plastics is based in Streetsboro, OH and is known for providing the highest quality PVC compounds and customer service in the industry. The company offers a broad range of rigid PVC products – in both powder and pellet form, – including industry leading technologies in rigid cellular foam and dark weatherable capstocks. Aurora Plastics’ facilities optimize best practices and utilize the most current technologies, building a reputation for ensuring consistency and reliability in a variety of applications. Both of Aurora Plastics’ manufacturing facilities are certified ISO 9001: 2008 with Design. As a result, they have set the benchmark on product quality and lot-to-lot consistency in the industry.

Founded in 1992, Reinier Plastics, Inc. manufactures high quality PVC compounds and alloys. Based in Marieville, Quebec, the company offers advanced blending and pelletizing lines that provide customers with a wide range of custom possibilities. Reiner Plastics has been ISO 9001 accredited since 2000, and dedicated to providing customers with products that consistently meet their expectations and to pursuing improvements on an on-going basis.

Aurora Plastics Announces the Appointment of Charlotte Fischer as Western Sales Manager

STREETSBORO, Ohio – (February 13, 2017) – Aurora Plastics, a leading manufacturer of high quality PVC compounds in both powder and pellet form for a variety of plastic applications, announces the appointment of Charlotte Fischer as Western Sales Manager.

Charlotte will assume responsibility for this region servicing our current customers and working to aggressively grow the territory and customer base. The Western Region territory includes the following States and Provinces: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Prior to joining Aurora, Charlotte worked in the plastics recycling industry as a Sales Consultant. Other positions held include, Director of Sales/Marketing for Berg Mill Supply, Sr. Sales Manager for Georgia Pacific Harmon Recycling and Primeline Polymers as a Plastic Resin Sales Representative. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Communication. Charlotte resides in Lakeside, CA.

Charlotte brings an abundance of sales experience; including key account management and consultative / technical sales, which will be important in meeting our sales plan and company goals and objectives. “I’m exciting to welcome Charlotte to the Aurora Plastics’ Sales Team. Her years of experience servicing the plastics’ industry will be a great foundation to help Charlotte assist our customers in the West” said Steve Harrigan, VP of Sales.

Charlotte can be reached by phone at (619) 873-7008.

Aurora Plastics Announces ISO 9001:2008 with Design Recertification – This recognition highlights company’s continued commitment to quality.

sqa-iso9001-2008STREETSBORO, OH, (November 21, 2016) – Aurora Plastics announced today that they have achieved recertification for ISO 9001:2008 with Design, earning a certificate of approval for their facilities in Streetsboro, Ohio, and Welcome, NC. The ISO certification, which recognizes the company’s customer-focused quality management system, was originally awarded in 2010 and was recertified by Smithers Quality Assessments, an ANAB accredited auditor.

“ISO recertification reinforces one of our company’s hallmarks: attention to the customer’s need for consistent high quality products,” explains Darrell Hughes, chief executive officer. “Recertification was a team effort. The auditors talked to everyone, from engineers and management to our frontline production. Our teams and employees take great pride in delivering the highest quality products for our customers each and every day and it shows in Aurora’s strong track record” says Hughes.

The ISO 9001 certification standards are set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and audited by third-party certification bodies. The external, independent validation is designed to help companies work more efficiently while improving customer satisfaction. Aurora Plastics originally received its designation in just 68 days – a process that typically takes six months to a year. ISO certification demonstrates the quality commitment within Aurora Plastics’ culture.

“For any manufacturing facility, ISO certification shows that the company is following a stringent system for quality in manufacturing, delivering consistent products and working towards continuous improvement,” explains process engineer, Christine Fricker. “For Aurora Plastics customers, our recertification also demonstrates that we’re continuing to do things right and doing them to a standard that assures a quality product”, says Fricker.

Headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, Aurora Plastics was founded in 1997, and employs commercial and technical experts, who together have hundreds of years of polymer industry experience.   The company is focused on PVC and related blends, and has the two newest ISO 9001:2008 facilities in the industry – offering more than 500 million pounds of blending capacity. Aurora’s state-of-the-art processes and facilities, unparalleled lead times, strict focus on quality, customer service and in-field technical support differentiate the company from other compounders in the industry.

Aurora Plastics Announces the Appointment of Robert Littell as Senior Director, New Business Development

bob_littellSTREETSBORO, Ohio – (November 21, 2016) – Aurora Plastics, a leading manufacturer of high quality PVC compounds in both powder and pellet form for a variety of plastic applications, announces the appointment of Robert “Bob” Littell to its commercial organization as senior. director of new business development.

In this newly formed position on the sales team, LIttell will assume responsibility for identifying and executing new customer relationships, geographical expansions and penetration into new market segments. He will drive new product offerings and establish strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, Littell spent his career at PolyOne/Geon/BF Goodrich in various roles, including commercial director, general manager and in sales. In his sales leadership roles, he served on the leadership team focusing on custom extruders, pipe and fittings, electrical, and the wire and cable market.

“Bob brings an abundance of experience and a proven track record of success in business development, sales, and strategic planning, which will be invaluable in meeting our growth objectives,” says Steve Harrigan, vice presdent of sales at Aurora Plastics.

Littell holds a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Penn State University.

Headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, Aurora Plastics was founded in 1997, and employs commercial and technical experts who have more than 500 years of polymer industry experience. The company is 100% focused on PVC and related blends, and has the two newest ISO 9001:2008 facilities in the industry – offering more than 500 million pounds of blending capacity. The company’s unparalleled lead time to shipment, strict quality policies, customer service and in-field technical support differentiate them from other compounders in the industry.

For more information on Aurora Plastics or the recent appointments, please contact Matthew Kuwatch, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, +1 330 626 6423, mkuwatch@auroraplastics.com.

Aurora Plastics Announces Darrell K. Hughes as Chief Executive Officer and Matt D. McDonald as Chief Financial Officer

STREETSBORO, Ohio – (September 20, 2016) – Aurora Plastics Inc. (www.auroraplastics.com), a leading manufacturer of high quality PVC compounds in both powder and pellet form for a variety of plastics applications, announces two appointments to its senior management team, effective September 19, 2016: Darrell K. Hughes to chief executive officer (CEO) and Matt D. McDonald to chief financial officer (CFO).

Hughes will replace Jim Domo as the company’s CEO, who will serve as a special advisor through the end of 2016. Most recently, Hughes served as vice president and general manager of the Avery Dennison North American, pressure sensitive materials business. Prior to that, he worked at GE Plastics, where he held successive positions as general manager of global business development, general manager of the RTV and elastomers business, and president and general manager for specialty film and sheet. Hughes has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University and master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

McDonald will join the senior team as CFO, replacing Tony Lamorte, who will retire at year’s end. Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, McDonald worked at Qualitor, Inc., where he was vice president and CFO since 2015. McDonald has also been the CFO of several private equity-owned manufacturing businesses, including Citadel Plastics, a former Wind Point Partners’ portfolio company. In his numerous years of financial experience, he has led numerous mergers and acquisitions, financing and operational improvement initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University and a master’s in business administration in finance from the Kenan Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina.

“Aurora has a strong track record of organic growth based on excellent product technology, quality and customer service, “says Domo. “With the company’s recent change in ownership to Wind Point Partners / Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and now the addition of Darrell and Matt, Aurora can build on its strengths and add additional focus on growth.”

Headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, Aurora Plastics was founded in 1997, and employs commercial and technical experts who have more than 500 years of polymer industry experience. The company is 100% focused on PVC and related blends, and has the two newest ISO 9001:2008 facilities in the industry – offering more than 500 million pounds of blending capacity. The company’s unparalleled lead time to shipment, strict quality policies, customer service and in-field technical support differentiate them from other compounders in the industry.

For more information on Aurora Plastics or the recent appointments, please contact Matthew Kuwatch, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, +1 330 626 6423, mkuwatch@auroraplastics.com.

Wind Point Partners, A Chicago-Based Private Equity Firm, Have Partnered with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) to Acquire Aurora Plastics, Inc. (“Aurora” or The Company)

“We are excited to acquire Aurora in partnership with Ontario Teachers’ and invest in the next phase of their growth,” said Nathan Brown, Managing Director with Wind Point. “Aurora’s prior ownership and current management have established a culture of excellence and innovation that consistently gets passed down to the company’s customers. Our investment will support the management team’s new product development and expanding geographic reach.”

Mike Fitzpatrick will serve as the chairman of Aurora’s holding company. Mike has been an executive advisor partner (“EAP”) at Wind Point since 2005, and from 2007 to 2012 served as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Citadel Plastics Holdings (“Citadel”), a leading compounder of thermoplastic and thermoset resins. Mike will be joined on Aurora’s board of directors by Guy Broadbent, also a Wind Point EAP who most recently served as CEO of Argotec, a Wind Point-owned specialty plastics film producer.

“Aurora has grown into the highest-quality PVC compounder in the industry,” said Fitzpatrick. “Aurora’s world-class, highly-automated facilities ensure consistent product quality and serve as a testament to the culture of excellence throughout the organization.”

“Aurora has over 17 years of experience of producing high-quality PVC compounds for customers across North America. By transitioning ownership to growth investors like Wind Point and Ontario Teachers’, Aurora will be better positioned for a new and exciting period of growth. This renewed investment reflects Aurora’s commitment to PVC compounding and helps us serve our customers better with greater resources dedicated to product development and availability,” said Jim Domo, president & CEO of Aurora Plastics Inc.

Wind Point is an active investor in plastic compounding, extrusion, film and converting businesses with previous and current investments including Citadel Plastics, Argotec and Novolex.

AuroraShield™ White Paper

We have the results of industry testing that demonstrates how AuroraShield™ capstocks exhibit superb performance for use in outdoor applications – even in darker colors. Two-year outdoor testing shows AuroraShield™ products meet ASTM D4726 standards for weathering and perform very well for water blushing resistance. If you’d like a full report, complete the form below.


 

Aurora Plastics Brands Its Cellular PVC Foam and PVC Capstock Product Lines Under the New AuroraLite™ and AuroraShield™ Names

STREETSBORO, OH – October 21, 2015 – Aurora Plastics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality PVC compounds, announces brand names for two of its major product lines – the AuroraLite™ PVC cellular foam product line and the AuroraShield™ PVC/Acrylic capstock product line.

The AuroraLite™ product line is comprised of rigid cellular PVC foam compounds in the 0.35 – 0.80 density range – one of the lowest in the industry. These materials are available in both free-foam and Celuka-based formulations. The end result is a lightweight, yet durable profile that is ideal for an array of interior or exterior applications, including decking, railings, garage and wall trim, arbors and pergolas as well as for custom use.

The AuroraShield™ line of products includes PVC/acrylic capstock compounds that represent a proven solution for long-term weatherability and resistance to water whitening, especially in darker colors. From a manufacturing perspective, these products process with the ease of PVC but provide the superior weatherability of acrylic. It gets applied thinner which results in significant bottom-line benefits for customers.

“In order to position our ever-growing exterior weatherable capstock and rigid cellular PVC foam products, we felt that establishing product line brand names would further build awareness and enhance customer trust in Aurora Plastics,” said Matthew Kuwatch, vice president of marketing and business development.

With two of the newest ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in the industry and an ongoing commitment to investing in new material technology platforms, Aurora Plastics continues to lead the industry in innovation, quality and technical support. Its unparalleled seven-day lead time to shipment means that customers can save costs by maintaining lower inventory levels yet still meet tight order schedules.

To learn more about Aurora Plastics and the AuroraLite™ and AuroraShield™ product lines, call 330-422-0700.

Aurora Plastics Sets New Standard for Low-Density Cellular Foams

AURORA PLASTICS SETS NEW STANDARD FOR LOW-DENSITY CELLULAR FOAMS

New Product Offering Features Lowest Densities in the Industry

STREETSBORO, OH (March 20, 2015) — Aurora Plastics Inc., a leading manufacturer of rigid and foam PVC, has raised the bar in the industry with a new low-density cellular PVC foam.  Aurora Plastics offers a product line available in the .35 – .80 density range, which includes some of the lowest density cellular foams in the industry.  The end result is a highly lightweight, yet durable, material that is ideal for an array of interior decorative applications.  It will be showcased at NPE2015 in Orlando in March 2015 (BOOTH #S15061).

“Aurora Plastics continues to focus on discovering unmet needs and creating solutions for our customers,” said Matthew Kuwatch, vice president of marketing and business development for Aurora Plastics.  “Combined with our unwavering commitment to excellence in both product quality and service our team strives to provide our customers value in every product they purchase from Aurora Plastics.”

With two of the newest ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in the industry and an ongoing commitment to investing in new material technology platforms, Aurora Plastics continues to lead the industry in innovation, quality and technical support.  Its unparalleled seven-day lead time to shipment additionally means that customers can save costs by maintaining lower inventory levels yet still meet tight production orders.

To learn more, visit Aurora Plastics at its booth at NPE2015 (#S15061), call 330-422-0700 or visit www.auroraplastics.com.

About the Company

Aurora Plastics Inc. is a leader in the manufacture of high-quality exterior weatherable RPVC (Rigid PVC), interior grade RPVC, cellular foam RPVC, injection molding compounds, PVC/acrylic alloy cap stock, as well as custom and tolled compounds in both powder and pellet form.  Headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, the company has the two newest ISO 9001:2008 certified PVC production facilities in the U.S. with a total blending capacity of more than 500 million pounds.  Unlike other manufacturers in the market, Aurora Plastics is 100% focused on PVC and related blends.  Its extensive technical support team, which consists of highly seasoned industry professionals, is available to provide onsite support during trials and throughout the production process.