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Aurora Plastics Announces Acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers

Offering customers even more innovative compounding solutions, while building on a combined commitment to superior quality and service.

STREETSBORO, OH – October 10, 2017 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds, announced today the acquisition of compounder S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. The move marks Aurora Plastics’ second acquisition this year and represents the company’s initial expansion into thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and further expansion into the company’s flexible PVC capabilities. S&E builds on Aurora Plastics’ ongoing commitment to offering the highest quality PVC products in the industry, backed by the best customer service.

“S&E has a strong history of solving customer problems with unique compound solutions, combined with a strong focus on customer service and response,” says Darrell Hughes, chief executive officer, Aurora Plastics. “Aurora and S&E share a common focus on being our customers’ first choice in polymer compounds.”

The combined company offers a broad range of custom compounding capabilities and technologies, including:

  • Rigid PVC powders
  • Rigid and flexible PVC pellets (cubes and hexcut)
  • Clear, opaque and colored flexible PVC with a variety of properties
  • Rigid cellular PVC (Auroralite™)
  • Clear rigid and flexible PVC
  • PVC/acrylic pellets (AuroraShield™)
  • Chlorinated polyethylene (CPE)
  • Custom thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO)
  • Low-smoke zero-halogen compounds (LSOH)
  • Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) and styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS) block co-polymers
  • Plastic concentrates
  • Purge compounds

The acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers further expands Aurora Plastics’ supply chain and manufacturing footprint across the United States and Canada, allowing more efficient support for customers. Aurora Plastics’ four PVC compound production facilities are located in Streetsboro, Ohio; Welcome, North Carolina; Marieville, Quebec; and Lunenburg, Massachusetts. Lunenburg will also produce CPE, TPO, plastic concentrates and LSOH compounds.

“Aurora is a great company and was an outstanding choice to build on S&E’s legacy of providing top-tier innovation, strong customer service, and leading product quality. Partnering with Aurora further accelerates S&E’s growth. These are exciting times,” says Steven Graham, chief executive officer of S&E Specialty Polymers.

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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 and flexible PVC products – in either powder or 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. Aurora Plastics’ manufacturing facilities are certified ISO 9001-2015 with Design. As a result, they have set the benchmark on product quality and lot-to-lot consistency in the industry.

Founded in 2005, S&E Specialty Polymers manufacture advanced polymers, custom plastics, and compounds for a variety of applications in the automotive, wire and cable, battery and footwear Industries as well as in consumer, industrial and general-purpose applications. S&E is a leading producer of compounds that require exacting color match requirements. In addition to S&E’s vast library of PVC, TPR, TPE and TPO formulations, they specialize in flame retardant plastic compounds. Heavily invested in R&D, S&E takes immense pride being a specialty plastic compounder who is recognized and registered to ISO 9001:2008.

Aurora Plastics Appoints Beth Perry as New Executive Assistant

STREETSBORO, OH – September 14, 2017 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in PVC compounds, announces the appointment of Beth Perry, Executive Assistant.

In her role, Beth’s primary responsibility is to provide project and administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer, with a strong focus on planning and prioritization, presentation and coordination of Board and customer meetings. Additionally, Beth will manage the front office, greet visitors, field incoming calls and help support HR.

Prior to joining Aurora, Beth worked for Transtar Industries as an Executive Assistant supporting the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. Previously, Beth has worked in similar roles for Newport Investment Advisors, Sterling and Ernst & Young.

Beth brings an abundance of experience and success in all phases of senior executive support, including communications, administrative support, event planning and customer service.

Beth can be reached by phone at (330)626.6420

Aurora Plastics Appoints Matt Kordes as New Information Technology Director

STREETSBORO, OH – September 8, 2017 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in PVC compounds, announces the appointment of Matt Kordes as information technology (IT) director.

In his role, Matt is responsible for planning, organizing and executing IT functions at multiple locations. This includes department management and operation, as well as strategic planning of business requirements and specific projects.

Matt brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in IT infrastructure and strategy. Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, Matt served as the IT manager for Pentair (formerly Erico). He also held positions in infrastructure and network engineering for Malley’s Chocolates and Bonne Bell.

Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Southern California.

He be reached by phone at (330)623.6428.

Aurora Plastics Appoints Robert Walter as New Supply Chain Director

STREETSBORO, OH – August 31, 2017 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in PVC compounds, announces the appointment of Robert Walter as supply chain director.

In his role, Walter is responsible for supply chain functions, including planning, inventory, transportation and logistics. This involves day-to-day execution, as well as the design and implementation of Aurora Plastics’ supply chain organization, process and systems to support future growth, and achieve our service commitments to customers.

Walter brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in supply chain strategy, logistics management and production planning. Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, Walter served as the service and logistics manager for Avery Dennison. He held other roles at Avery Dennison, including regional planning manager, materials manager and enterprise lean sigma project leader.

Walter holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in purchasing and supply chain management and production operations management, from Bowling Green State University.

Walter can be reached by phone at (330)626.6436.

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.