COLUMBUS, OHIO — Every time you open your mailbox and take out a bill, there's a good chance Plastic Suppliers Inc. had something to do with it.
The Columbus-based distributor and polystyrene sheet manufacturer has no control over your spending habits, but company officials say they have got the largest distribution share of the envelope window film distribution market.
PSI's distribution of Dow Chemical Co.'s envelope window film accounts for between 35 percent and 40 percent of the total U.S. market, according to PSI marketing analyst Nick Bliesath.
That high profile has continued in spite of concerns about the effect that Internet access would have on the number of envelopes companies are mailing out.
So far, those concerns have not been justified, Bliesath said in a July 17 interview at his Columbus office.
``A few years ago, people were concerned that you'd receive everything electronically and there wouldn't be as much of a need for the film,'' Bliesath said. ``But we've found the new technology hasn't tended to get rid of the old technology.
``Your initial contact might be on the Internet, but the next step is still making a phone call and saying `Mail me some information,''' Bliesath added. ``The industries are working together.''
Envelope window film distribution accounts for as much as 40 percent of PSI's business, while sales of its Polyflex-brand biaxially oriented PS sheet makes up another 40 percent.
Since acquiring the Polyflex line from Monsanto Co. in the 1980s, PSI has marketed Polyflex into several food packaging applications. Labelflex, a Polyflex offshoot, also is making inroads in Food and Drug Administration- approved food insert labeling, company officials said.
PSI ranked 90th in Plastics News' ranking last fall of North American film and sheet manufacturers with $37 million in related annual sales during 1995. The company's total sales reached $125 million.
The company employs about 100 on the four extrusion lines it uses to produce Polyflex. Polyflex also is produced through a joint venture in Gentbrugge, Belgium.
PS continues to offer ``a combination of cost and a very clear material,'' said Bliesath, who added the resin's rigidity gives it an advantage over PVC.
PSI also has sought more elbow room recently, opening a new converting and distribution facility at Mount Laurel, N.J., in May.
The 54,000-square-foot building replaces a smaller converting center in Blackwood, N.J., where the company was founded in 1949.
Bliesath said that although the company got its start in Blackwood, the need for additional space and equipment made the move necessary.
The Mount Laurel facility opened less than a year after PSI moved its distribution center from Duncanville, Texas, outside
Dallas, into the city. The 40,000-square-foot Dallas site is almost twice the size of the prior Duncanville location.
Another solid growth area for PSI, according to Bliesath, has been its distribution of a heat-sealable polypropylene film for Amtopp