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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.

Mirror Bending

Thanks to its thermoplastic properties, Plaskolite mirror sheet can be bent to nearly any desired form. Proper techniques and timing are critical. The Plaskolite mirror sheet fabrication guide walks fabricators through the process.

Mirror Bending

Line or strip bending is best accomplished by applying an intense narrow band of heat approximately 3mm away from the mirror substrate.  1.15mm nichrome (nickle-chrome) resistance wire is a commonly used heating element.

Place the mirror face toward the heating element.  Do not attempt to heat the paint side.  Doing so will prolong heating times and cause blushing, a dulling of the mirrors reflective finish.

Adjust your power source so that the wire becomes a medium to bright red color.

Peel all masking several inches away from the bend area.  Masking left in place, either poly or paper, will increase heating time and yield poor results.

Acrylic will become bendable at 143 degrees C to 163 degrees C.  Bending should be done at the coldest possible temperature requiring gentle force to make the bend.  3mm mirror should become pliable enough to bend within 20 to 25 seconds.

Timing is critical.  Under heating will cause a warpage along the bend line and undue stress which may lead to cracking.  Overheating will cause blushing.

Cooling should be done as quickly as possible by air circulation.

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