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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.

Signage Roll Stock

Plaskolite signage roll stock is easily stored, transported and formed. Some special care is required to ensure roll stock stays damage-free. More information can be found in the Plaskolite signage fabrication guide.

Storage And Handling

Figure 21

It is best to store the reel on a portable A-frame stand. Slide a shaft through the reel ends, then lift the shaft using a forklift or hoist onto the stand. The sheet can be easily unwound for cutting desired lengths, and moved about the facility (See Fig. 21).

Spool Dimensions

Figure 22

For sizes and weights see Figure 22 and the accompanying chart.

Transportation and Distribution

Roll stock acrylic can be cut, rerolled and shipped. Care should be taken to cut without chipping. Wind the sheet no tighter than 50" diameter. Protect the entire sheet, especially the edges to minimize the possibility of cracks propagating from impacts to the edges during shipping. Transport the sheet standing on edge.

Forming and Annealing

Plaskolite acrylic sheet cut from reels can be thermoformed without annealing. If reeled acrylic is to be used for large, non thermoformed flat sections, annealing is recommended. Coiling of the acrylic causes bows, warps, and internal stresses. Without annealing, crazing during secondary sign making operations may occur.

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