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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.

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PLASKOLITE TO ACQUIRE COVESTRO NORTH AMERICAN POLYCARBONATE SHEET MANUFACTURING BUSINESS

For the first time, customers can turn to one source for complete clear plastic sheet product portfolio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 22, 2018) – Plaskolite, LLC, North America’s largest manufacturer of acrylic sheet products, announced today that it is acquiring the North American polycarbonate sheet manufacturing business of Covestro, a global leader in high-tech polymer materials. The acquisition transforms the North American sheet industry by combining the leader in acrylic manufacturing and the leader in polycarbonate manufacturing.

As a part of the transaction, Plaskolite is acquiring sheet headquarters, production sites and warehouse facilities in Sheffield, Massachusetts and will maintain the existing third-party distribution warehouse facility in Hebron, Ohio. With this acquisition, Plaskolite will employ 950 people.

The closing is expected to be completed August 1, 2018.

Founded in 1950 in Columbus, Ohio, by Donald G. Dunn and family, Plaskolite, LLC is the largest North American manufacturer of see-through thermoplastic sheet products. Plaskolite’s customized products are used in a wide variety of applications, including windows, doors, lighting, signs, point-of-purchase displays and bath products. Plaskolite serves a diverse customer base including distributors, OEMs and retailers.

 “This acquisition is transformational for Plaskolite and strengthens our industry leadership position,” said Mitchell Grindley, Plaskolite’s President and CEO. “It broadens our offering and further strengthens our partnerships. Plaskolite will be the only manufacturer ever to offer a complete clear sheet product portfolio, including Acrylic, Polycarbonate, PETG and ABS, which is a benefit to customers who can now turn to one source for all their sheet needs.”

This will be the second business that Plaskolite has acquired from Covestro. In 2012, Plaskolite purchased its North American Vivak® line of PETG sheet. Covestro corporate headquarters are in Leverkusen, Germany.

This announcement follows Plaskolite’s February 12, 2018 announcement of its acquisition of the Continuous Cast Acrylic Sheet Business of Lucite International, Inc., which broadened its acrylic sheet offering and provided an entrée into the spa and bath sheet business.

About Plaskolite, LLC

Founded in 1950 in Columbus, Ohio, by Donald G. Dunn and family, Plaskolite, LLC is the largest privately owned North American manufacturer of see-through thermoplastic sheet products. Plaskolite’s customized products are used in a wide variety of applications, including windows, doors, lighting, signs, point-of-purchase displays and bath products. Plaskolite serves a diverse customer base including distributors, OEMs and retailers. In 2015, Charlesbank Capital Partners became the first outside equity investor in Plaskolite. For more information, please visit our website at www.plaskolite.com.

Contacts:

Rebecca Goodburn
Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations
rebecca.goodburn@fahlgren.com
614-383-1659

David Dennis
Plaskolite, LLC
david.dennis@plaskolite.com
614-294-3281

 

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