FORT WAYNE, IND. — Poly Hi Solidur Inc. is restructuring its North American operations in the face of the industry's slower economic growth and changing customer needs.
"Our multidivision approach had too much duplication and conflict and not enough clear focus of our key resources," President Dale Mosier said in a news release.
Fort Wayne-based Poly Hi Solidur is a major processor of semifinished ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene and makes chemical- and corrosion-resistant polymers.
The industrial shapes market is extremely competitive and has not grown as much in recent times as the industry has been accustomed to, Mosier said.
The streamlining aims to integrate support functions, eliminate overlapping responsibilities and better equip field personnel in dealing with market issues. The company said it has not determined yet how the restructuring will affect employment.
The changes began in June with consolidation of the Portland, Ore., power transmission division into the engineered products division in Fort Wayne.
Now the consolidation is bringing together the engineered products unit and industrial polymers division. Both manufacture in Fort Wayne and in Delmont and Scranton, Pa.
As part of the restructuring, Poly Hi Solidur appointed Harold Epps as vice president and general manager with responsibility for North and South American operations, except for a joint venture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Epps' operation, Poly Hi Solidur Americas, employs more than 500.
Other Poly Hi Solidur operations are in Germany, England and France, and joint ventures are in Japan, South Africa and Brazil.
Mark Yde was named vice president of business development with responsibility for sales and marketing functions for North and South America.
Poly Hi Solidur, a subsidiary of Neenah, Wis.-based Menasha Corp., employs about 1,200.