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Canoe thermoformers scramble for Royalex replacement

By: Catherine Kavanaugh

PolyOne Corp. is stopping production of Royalex sheet — the king of custom plastics for many canoe enthusiasts — leaving almost all hull thermoformers and many paddlers up the proverbial creek without a replacement material. A factory in Warsaw, Ind., that is the sole source for Royalex is closing this year along with five other former Spartech Corp. plants that Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne acquired in March 2013 for $393 million.

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