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SHOW HISTORY

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.

Acrylic Care

Plaskolite acrylic sheet is designed for easy care and maintenance. Storage and handling requirements are minimal, while cleaning usually requires nothing more than a mild soap solution.

Safety Concerns

Acrylic sheet is a combustible thermoplastic, it will ignite and burn if placed in open flame or in contact with any other source of ignition. When storing or working with  acrylic sheet, please be aware of the thermoplastic properties and consider fire  precautions.

Storage

Plaskolite acrylic sheet is best stored horizontally, on the supplied flat bulk skids, in a well ventilated, consistent temperature area. Avoid storing acrylic sheet where extreme temperature variations occur, and areas above 100°F. Extreme temperature fluctuations can reform flat sheet as it can expand or contract.

A-frames or special racks can be used to store sheet vertically. Construct the racks  allowing the acrylic to lean approximately 10°.

Handling

Plaskolite acrylic sheet is covered with a polyethylene film or paper masking for protection during storage and fabrication. Avoid sliding sheets across work surface debris. Chips and dirt can penetrate the masking, scratching the sheet.

Masking Removal

When removing the film and/or paper masking from the acrylic, it is best to start at a corner and peel away from the sheet. If removal is difficult, combine 50% rubbing alcohol with water in a squirt bottle; begin spraying at the edges as you pull away from the sheet.

Cleaning

Clean Plaskolite acrylic sheet with a mild soap solution, or a commercially available plastic cleaner, such as Plaskolite Plastic Cleaner, and a lint free cloth. To remove grease, oil, or tar deposits, use hexane or kerosene, followed by a soap solution.

Avoid cleaners containing ammonia or alcohol.

Neutralizing Static Electricity

Plaskolite acrylic sheet can be neutralized with an anti-static cleaner such as Plaskolite Plastic Cleaner, or ionizing air guns, and bars.

 

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