RESIN DISTRIBUTOR CHASE EXPANDS

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CLARKSTON, Mich. - Resin distributor Chase Plastic Services Inc. of Clarkston recently expanded in the Southeast, adding a sales manager, Douglas Moore, in Atlanta, and Fran Bauer, a salesman in Orlando, Fla.

The firm, which also added three new sales positions in late 1996, expects to add dour more by June, according to founders Kevin and Carole Chase.

The company's focus until this recent wxpansion was the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.

The Chases said they have kept their business simple-yet growing-by focusing on specialty resins. Chase Plastic claims to be the largest distributor of nylon 12 resins in the United States.

The company's typical order size -for any of the resins it distributes- is less than 3,000 pounds.

"The large thermoplastic resins distibutors have made the distribution business more complicated than it needs to be," Kevin Chase said.

"More than 75 percent of our orders are shipped the same day they are called in," he said.

After five years of business, the company now has 25 employees who serve 500 accounts from warehouse and office facilities in Clarkston; South Bend, Ind.; lwrenceville, Ga.; and Orlando.

Chase plastic is an authorized distributor of more than 50 engineering thermoplastic resins for 14 resin producers and an authorized representative for Bay State Polymers, a division of Bayer Corp.

Chase also has a line of its own products, sold under the CP Pryme trade name, that are produced by five compounders under contract to the Clarkston company.