Rod Vonder Reith supplies flexible hot-melt mold compounds of PVC and plasticizers, fillers and colors to customers throughout the country, but seldom touches the finished product. Since 1983, Vonder Reith has used toll-compounding services to manufacture his product line. ``No employees, no OSHA, no hazardous waste,'' he said happily. ``It has been working well.''
He has 35 years of experience in the plastics business, and ran a plant until the early 1980s. His business now operates as RCV Industries in Canyon Country, Calif.
Currently, he has a production agreement with an Anaheim, Calif., compounder that ships drums directly, though ``I handle small stuff myself,'' he said. For competitive reasons, he prefers not to name the compounder.
Vonder Reith's Thermold E-Z Melt flexible mold material finds use as the intermediary in the cement casting of artificial stone and block, a gas fireplace log, or castings of statues.
Hollywood movie studios and their theme parks use the mold material in casting building facades or audio-animated characters.
``One studio had to redo its New York street [set] and used 16,000 pounds of material,'' he said.
Vonder Reith manufactures PVC with Shore A hardness factors of 10 and 18. When the material is heated to 350§ F for at least 15 minutes, it can be poured in a mold, he said. When it is cooled to room temperature, it becomes solid rubber. If handled cleanly, Thermold can be recycled for years.
``The material is virtually never lost,'' he said.
Vonder Reith also supplies proprietary epoxy materials, mostly adhesives and potting compounds for the aircraft industry.