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DOING IT RIGHT SINCE 1950

The Plaskolite success story spans six decades. See how it all began.

1951

Plastic drinking straws gave us our first taste of success.

1952

Plaskolite introduces the "lifetime fly swatter," the must-have accessory for every front porch.

1954

As fluorescent lighting fixtures become popular, Plaskolite begins extruding prismatic patterned lenses.

1960

Remember the hula hoop craze? Plaskolite manufactured hula hoops in the early sixties.

1970

Plaskolite begins producing smooth acrylic sheets for storm doors and windows; it's much safer than plate glass.

1974

Plaskolite builds its first polymer plant, enabling us to produce our own pellets for sheet production.

1994

With the purchase of MIR-ACRYL, Plaskolite begins producing mirrored acrylic sheet; security mirrors; and hard-coated acrylic sheet products.

1996

Plaskolite acquires Continental Acrylics, a specialty polymers business.

1997

The acquisition of RAM PRODUCTS' flat sheet business enables Plaskolite to begin production of 19 acrylic mirror colors.

2000

In August, Plaskolite completes construction on a state-of-the-art 245,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Zanesville, Ohio.

2006

Plaskolite acquired Bunker Plastics, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate mirror; formed security and transportation mirror; and performance enhancement plastic coatings.

2007

Plaskolite acquires the continuously processed acrylic sheet division of Lucite International, including manufacturing plants in Olive Branch, Miss., and Monterrey, Mexico.

2012

Plaskolite acquires the North American VIVAK® line of PETG sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

2014

Plaskolite acquires the mirror sheet product line
from SPECCHIDEA s.r.l. of Torino, Italy.

How it can be fabricated

Whether cutting, machining, bending or finishing, Plaskolite acrylic sheet is a fabrication-friendly product. It requires few if any tools beyond those normally found in a well-supplied shop environment, and allows for dozens of methods to achieve a finished product.

Thanks to its inherent thermoplastic properties, acrylic becomes pliable when heated. This permits it to be shaped to virtually any contour, which it holds once cooled. Plaskolite acrylic sheet responds to thermoforming, drape forming and even cold forming when proper methods are utilized.

A variety of tools and methods can be used to cut Plaskolite acrylic sheet, from scoring with a plastic cutter to using table saws, routers or saber saws equipped with commercially-available, acrylic-cutting blades. Edges can even be flame polished with a hydrogen-oxygen torch to achieve a glossy finish.

While Plaskolite acrylic sheet can be ordered in nearly any color, it can also be spray painted and decorated using screen-printing and decorative vinyl films. Fastening options include adhesives, screws, bolts and even ultrasonic welding.

See our fabrication page for more information.

Curves & Right-Angles, Ovals & Squares

The next time you’re walking through an art gallery, your office, or even your home, take a minute to stop and look at the furniture, accessories and art objects you see. Chances are, you’ll find acrylic used as a material choice. This is because acrylic sheet’s easy formability and fabrication-friendly qualities allow it to be formed to nearly any shape imaginable, swooping curves or sharp right-angles, making it an ideal choice for craftsmen and artists.

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From auto to aviation, signage to store fixtures, acrylic sheets are ideal for many markets.

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Whatever color, pattern or texture you need, find it with one of Plaskolite’s many finishes.

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