ATLANTA — For the first time, rotational molder Rotonics Manufacturing Inc. had a booth at the National Association of Homebuilders' International Builders' Show.
"We think we've got something new, something to offer," said Sherman McKinniss, president and chief executive officer of Gardena, Calif.-based Rotonics.
What it had to offer the 75,000 attendees at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center was a line of site furnishings: ornamental street lighting and Terracast planters that are lightweight and resist corrosion.
The street lights are manufactured with an outer one-piece shell of linear low density polyethylene that "adds to the strength of a hot-dipped galvanized center pipe," McKinniss said. Color is molded in the exterior skin, making painting unnecessary. The exterior goes over a structural polyurethane closed-cell foam, which is cast around a steel inner liner.
The street light globes are manufactured from polycarbonate. The Terracast products are manufactured from PE.
McKinniss touted the products as requiring "zero maintenance."
"No one wants maintenance," he said. "This is going to come of age real quick."
Rotonics, a publicly held company, is the largest North American nontoy rotomolder and placed seventh in Plastics News' latest ranking, with sales of $46 million.