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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 MANUFACTURE MUSTANG™ SHEET USING EASTMAN TRITAN™ COPOLYESTER
NEW PRODUCT OFFERS AESTHETIC, FUNCTIONAL AND PROCESSING ADVANTAGES

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2008) – Eastman Chemical Company has signed an agreement with Plaskolite Inc. to exclusively cooperate in the pursuit of new markets in North America for extruded plastic sheet using new Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Mustang™ sheet made from this new-generation copolyester offers differentiated performance for fabricators, designers and brand owners. Tritan copolyester combines the advantages of traditional copolyester sheet, such as clarity and chemical resistance, with enhanced heat resistance, toughness, weatherability, design flexibility and ease of fabrication.

"Our strategic relationship with Eastman gives us the opportunity to provide a revolutionary new sheet product to our customers," says Mitch Grindley, vice president, sales and marketing at Plaskolite Inc. "In an increasingly competitive market environment, this innovation provides our customers with another tool to differentiate themselves in the markets they serve."

"We are confident that our collaboration with Plaskolite will result in the successful introduction of Mustang™ sheet made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester into a variety of applications. Our two companies share a forward-oriented vision that will allow us to better service marketplace needs," adds Dante Rutstrom, vice president and general manager, specialty plastics at Eastman Chemical Company.

While Eastman Tritan™ offers a higher glass transition temperature (Tg) than traditional copolyesters, sheet products manufactured from the material do not require pre-drying. The durable and lightweight products also can be thermoformed faster, and at lower temperatures, than polycarbonate sheet. These forming advantages contribute to superior material distribution properties and open the decorating window, particularly when using vinyl.

"Sheet manufactured with Eastman Tritan™ offers an exciting opportunity to address the growing needs of manufacturers, designers and brand owners for innovative materials," says Rutstrom. "This effort reflects Eastman's commitment to deliver new products and ideas that can contribute to the strength of the industry."

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