SANTA MONICA, CALIF. - Custom compounder Hastings Plastics Co. of Santa Monica combines a retail store that serves local artisans and an industrial operation that ships small quantities of regulated hazardous material to domestic and international customers. Hastings makes silicone, polyester, polyurethane, epoxy and latex rubber, and packages the liquids in pint, 5-gallon and larger containers, said plant manager Joe Morales. Most suppliers prefer to limit sales to bulk sizes.
Customers, often artists, use the liquids for the movie industry's special-effects requirements and certain aerospace, surfboard and window applications. Also, Hastings sells reinforcements, extenders, fillers and thermoset and thermoplastic sheets, rods and tubing.
``I would like less regulation of hazardous materials,'' Morales said. ``Everything is regulated so tight [that it is] very expensive to ship out of state.''
Yet, customers willingly pay to receive the small quantities via Hastings' usual carrier, United Parcel Service.
Morales favored a June 1995 delisting. The industrial cleaning chemical ``acetone was regulated for a while, but they finally took it off after customers changed to water-based cleaners,'' he said. The Environmental Protection Agency placed acetone on its toxic release inventory in 1987.
Hastings Plastics employs 10 and occupies a 10,000-square-foot facility. The late N.M. Hastings formed the company in 1956, and his son Michael is president.