Aurora Plastics Appoints Regional Sales Manager for Quebec

STREETSBORO, OH – MAY 7, 2018 – Aurora Plastics announces the appointment of Alain Gagné as regional sales manager for Quebec, with responsibility for customers in Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. Alain will service our current customers and work aggressively to grow the territory and customer base.

Alain brings an abundance of sales experience to Aurora Plastics, including key account management and consultative/technical sales, which will be important in meeting and exceeding our customers’ goals and objectives.

Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, Alain worked as an account manager in plastics distribution with Chase Plastic Services. He has also held positions as business development assistant Manager with Unicor Industries, account manager with Ampacet Canada, and sales representative at Teknor Color Company.

Alain graduated from Concordia University with a bachelor of commerce, marketing major. He also holds a DEC in finance from Champlain Regional College.

Alain can be reached via email agagne@auroraplastics.com or by phone at (514) 591-9651.

Aurora Plastics Appoints Senior Vice President of Operations

Jeff ConardSTREETSBORO, OH – January 10, 2018 – Aurora Plastics announces the appointment of Jeff Conard as senior vice president of operations. In his role, Jeff will execute the operations side of our growth strategy or value creation plan (VCP). His primary focus will be developing and executing an integrated manufacturing strategy.

Jeff will be responsible for all manufacturing sites, including: Streetsboro, Ohio; Welcome, North Carolina; Lunenburg, Massachusetts; and Marieville, Quebec. He will also manage the company’s supply chain functions, including capacity planning, inventory management, warehousing and logistics/freight.

Jeff brings strong leadership experience in multi-site operations to Aurora Plastics. In addition, he has a strong background in continuous improvement and operational excellence (Lean), and prior PE portfolio company experience.

Prior to joining Aurora Plastics, Jeff was with SWM International, where he was responsible for 10 manufacturing sites in the U.S., which included almost 1,000 employees and generated over $400 million in sales. Jeff joined SWM through his acquisition of Argotec from Wind Point Partners, where he was senior vice president of operations. Prior to that, Jeff held numerous leadership positions in manufacturing with Xcellerex, ITT, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Uormed Corp, Ciba Corning Diagnostics and Milipore. His early career and leadership started with the U.S. Navy.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley College.

He can be reached via email at jconard@auroraplastics.com.

Aurora Plastics to Acquire JPI South Assets; Strategic Move Supports Growth and Enhanced Service

STREETSBORO, OH – May 1, 2018 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in thermoplastic compounds, today announced its plans to acquire assets of JPI South in Pasadena, Texas. As part of this transaction, Aurora Plastics has also entered into a long-term lease for the former JPI site, a strategic location. The move places Aurora Plastics in close proximity to suppliers and enhances the company’s ability to serve customers in the western and southern part of the United States.

“This acquisition further solidifies our leadership position in the thermoplastic compounding industry and provides us with the strategic flexibility to pursue future growth opportunities in the United States and abroad,” said Darrell Hughes, chief executive officer, Aurora Plastics. “Its location in the heart of the PVC industry also puts us in close proximity to our critical supply partners.”

The company plans to invest significant capital to bring state-of-the-art equipment and technology into the facility, creating another world-class PVC blending location. Upgrades will be completed over the next few quarters. Aurora Plastics anticipates that production will begin in the first quarter of 2019 at the Pasadena, TX, facility.

This is the third acquisition that Aurora Plastics has made in the last twelve months, after purchasing companies in Lunenburg, MA (S&E Specialty Polymers), and Marieville, QC (Reinier Plastics).

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Founded in 1997, Aurora Plastics is based in Streetsboro, OH and is known for developing and manufacturing advanced polymer compounds customized for customers for a variety of applications. These applications include building and construction, recreational, automotive, wire and cable, hose and tube, battery, footwear, and others. In addition to manufacturing the highest quality rigid and flexible PVC compounds, the company offers a vast library of TPR, TPE, custom TPO, CPE alloys, PVC/Acrylic alloys, LSZH, flame retardant concentrates, SBS and SEBS formulations and PVC and TPE cellular foam compounds. Aurora Plastics is a leading producer of compounds that require an exact color match. Their facilities optimize best practices and utilize the most current technologies. Aurora Plastics has built a reputation for ensuring consistency and reliability in a variety of applications. Aurora Plastics’ manufacturing facilities are certified ISO 9001-2015 with Design and as a result, have set the industry benchmark for product quality and lot-to-lot consistency.

Aurora Plastics Unveils All New Brand Strategy; Keeps Customer Focus at the Forefront

STREETSBORO, OH – April 10, 2018 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in thermoplastic compounds, today announced its complete line of products and brand names, marking the most significant update to the brand in the company’s history. The new branding strategy integrates all of Aurora Plastics’ Products under one umbrella since making two strategic acquisitions last year: Reinier Plastics of Marieville, Quebec, and S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

“We have made many exciting changes during the past few months,” says Darrell Hughes, chief executive officer. The recent acquisitions have added new capabilities and product offerings that allow us to further our shared mission, which is:

To be our customers’ first choice in polymer compound solutions, enabling their success through innovation and consistently delivering high-quality products with exceptional customer service.”

The chart on the next page communicates the new branding portfolio, the products that fall within each brand, and their associated applications.

The combined brands position Aurora Plastics to offer one of the largest PVC product portfolios in the industry, along with a broader range of custom compounding capabilities that include:

  • Rigid PVC Compounds (RPVC)
  • Flexible PVC Compounds (FPVC)
  • Rigid Cellular PVC & TPE Foam
  • PVC/Acrylic Alloys
  • Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR)
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs)
  • Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene Alloys (CPE)
  • Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen Compounds (LSZH)
  • Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS)
  • Styrene-Ethylene-Butylene-Styrene (SEBS)
  • Flame-Retardant Compounds
  • PVC Purge Compounds

Aurora Plastics will continue to focus on product innovation while providing the highest levels of quality, customer service, and technical support. With four production facilities to support customers’ needs — Streetsboro, OH; Welcome, NC; Lunenburg, MA; and Marieville, QC, Canada — Aurora Plastics’ offers short lead times to a diverse set of end markets.

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Founded in 1997, Aurora Plastics is based in Streetsboro, OH and is known for developing and manufacturing advanced polymer compounds customized for customers for a variety of applications. These applications include building and construction, recreational, automotive, wire and cable, hose and tube, battery, footwear, and others. In addition to manufacturing the highest quality rigid and flexible PVC compounds, the company offers a vast library of PVC, TPR, TPE, custom TPO, CPE alloys, LSZH, flame retardant concentrates, SBS and SEBS formulations and PVC and TPE cellular foam compounds. Aurora Plastics is a leading producer of compounds that require an exact color match. Their facilities optimize best practices and utilize the most current technologies.  Aurora Plastics has built a reputation for ensuring consistency and reliability in a variety of applications. Aurora Plastics’ manufacturing facilities are certified ISO 9001-2015 with Design and as a result, have set the industry benchmark for product quality and lot-to-lot consistency.

Aurora Plastics Announces Nexeo Solutions as the Company’s PVC Compounds Distributor for North America

STREETSBORO, Ohio, February 26, 2018 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds, announced today an agreement with Nexeo Solutions, Inc. (The Woodlands, Texas), to be the distributor of its industry-leading PVC compounds for the North American region, effective January 2018.

Nexeo Solutions is a leading global chemicals and plastics distributor, representing products from world-class producers to a diverse customer base. The agreement allows Aurora Plastics to offer its broad product PVC compound portfolio to a broader range of customers across North America.

“The addition of Nexeo is part of Aurora Plastics’ strategic growth plan, which has also included two acquisitions during the past year,” says Matthew Kuwatch, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. “We are excited to partner with a company that also shares our values in meeting the highest standards for quality and customer service.”

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is one of the most commonly used thermoplastic polymers around the world. Popular for its ease of processing, lightweight material, good mechanical strength, and chemical and weather resistant properties, PVC has become a standard in the building and construction industry but is also found widely in healthcare, wire and cable, household products, industrial and many other markets.


About Aurora Plastics, LLC

Founded in 1997, Aurora Plastics is based in Streetsboro, Ohio and is known for providing the highest quality PVC Compounds, advanced polymers and custom plastics 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, dark weatherable capstocks, and compounds that require exacting color match specifications. In addition to PVC, Aurora Plastics has extended its offered polymer platforms which include TPR, TPE, CPE and TPO formulations, and flame retardant plastic compounds.  Their manufacturing 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’ facilities are ISO certified, setting the benchmark on product quality and lot-to-lot consistency in the industry. For more information, visit www.auroraplastics.com.

About Nexeo Solutions, Inc.
Nexeo Solutions is a leading global chemicals and plastics distributor, representing products from world-class producers to a diverse customer base. From product specification to sustainable solutions, the Company goes beyond traditional logistics to provide value-added services across many industries, including chemicals manufacturing, oil and gas, coatings, personal care, healthcare, automotive and 3D printing. The Company leverages a centralized technology platform to identify efficiencies and create solutions to unlock value for suppliers and customers. Learn more at 
www.nexeosolutions.com.

Aurora Plastics Appoints New Staff Accountant

STREETSBORO, OH – December 18, 2017 – Aurora Plastics announces the appointment of Tracy Michelbrink to staff accountant.

In her role, Tracy’s primary responsibility is to assist with the overall operations of Aurora Plastics’ financial processes, including accounts receivable and accounts payable. She will also be responsible for most of the accounting communication channels among suppliers, lenders and customers. Additionally, Tracy will coordinate invoices for third-party freight/logistics, process expense reports, coordinate company credit card processing, and manage ACH payments to vendors.

Prior to joining Aurora, Tracy worked as a staff accountant for Brand Castle and Tranzonic Companies.

Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ursuline College.

Tracy can be reached via email at tmichelbrink@auroraplastics.com.

Aurora Plastics Announces the Appointment of Scott Hornsby as Vice President of Human Resources

STREETSBORO, OH – January 10, 2018 – Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in PVC compounds, announces the appointment of Scott Hornsby to the newly created position of vice president, human resources (HR).

As part of the Aurora Plastics’ leadership team, Scott will set the company’s HR strategy, ensuring that HR goals align with the company’s business objectives. He brings more than 30 years of experience, most recently as the vice president of HR for Avery Dennison’s materials business in North America. Scott is a hands-on executive coach, with a history of leading mission-critical change initiatives at companies in Atlanta, Chicago, Belgium and the Netherlands.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in HR development from Georgia State University and an MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Scott can be reached via email at shornsby@auroraplastics.com

Making a Difference for Hurricane Victims

Aurora Plastics is proud to help support the Red Cross in their hurricane disaster relief efforts. Together with employee donations, we contributed $27,745 for hurricane victims – including those in Houston, where many of our suppliers are located.

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@www.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, (330)626.6423, mkuwatch@www.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.

Aurora Plastics Introduces Weatherable PVC/Acrylic Alloy Capstock

AURORA PLASTICS INTRODUCES WEATHERABLE PVC/ACRYLIC ALLOY CAPSTOCK

New Product Offers Superior Outdoor Weathering Durability, Great Processing Characteristics in a Full Color Palette

STREETSBORO, OH (March 19, 2015) — Aurora Plastics Inc., a leading manufacturer of rigid and foam PVC compounds, has introduced a highly weatherable PVC/acrylic alloy capstock.  The new product is designed to withstand the effects of weathering over the long-term, even in dark colors, offering a highly attractive alternative for a variety of demanding applications such as outdoor trim, windows, decks, siding, fencing, and railing.  It offers superior processing characteristics that, for processors, translate into a more consistent coating, less scrap, a faster startup time and a broader processing window. The new PVC/acrylic alloy capstock will debut at NPE2015 in Orlando March 23-27, 2015 (BOOTH #S15061).

“We identified a need in the market for a more cost-competitive, long-lasting solution,” said Matthew Kuwatch, vice president of marketing and business development for Aurora Plastics.  “There are currently many options available, but most of them do not offer the same level of long-term weatherability and resistance to water whitening, especially in the darker colors.  From a processing perspective, our product is easier to handle, resulting in significant bottom-line benefits for our customers.  We believe we have created the ideal solution by combining the proven processing advantages of PVC with the added UV resistance and weatherability of acrylic.”

Designed for use with the company’s cost-effective interior grade RPVC or foam RPVC compounds as substrates, the new pelletized PVC/acrylic alloy capstock compound can be applied thinner than standard RPVC capstock to create an efficient high performance out layer.  The compound colors easily to match any customer need and can also be streaked to replicate the authenticity of wood.  The capstock can also be embossed.

Ideal for use for fencing, siding, decking, arbors/pergolas, windows and doors, the new alloy capstock offers end-users a high-quality, consistent looking product that effectively withstands weather, thereby lasting longer and requiring less maintenance.

“The true value of this new product, however, is that it comes from Aurora Plastics, which has a long-standing track record for providing unprecedented lead times, superior customer service and reliable in-field technical support that doesn’t end when the product ships,” said Kuwatch.

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.

Come See Aurora Plastics at NPE2015!

NPE show

Orlando, FL
March 22 – 27, 2015

Visit Aurora Plastics at the International Plastics Showcase (NPE2015), March 23-27 in Orlando, booth (S15061).

To set-up a meeting with our team while you are attending the show, contact Matthew Kuwatch, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development (T) + 1 330-626-6423 or e-mail: mkuwatch@www.auroraplastics.com.

Aurora Plastics Inc. is a leader in the manufacture of high-quality exterior weatherable RPVC, interior grade RPVC, cellular foam RPVC, injection molding compounds and PVC/acrylic alloy cap stock, as well as custom and tolled compounds in both powder and pellet form.

Use the following link to locate Aurora Plastics booth location at NPE:
http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=npe15&exhid=649374&booth=S15061&hall=S

For more information on Aurora Plastics, please visit www.auroraplastics.com.