Two Akron plastics processing firms are benefiting from grants under the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Plastic Lumber Co. Inc., an extruder and rotational molder, will pursue structural-grade plastics that will carry civil engineering design loads, President Alan Robbins said in a recent telephone interview.
``The market really wants and needs things that are strong enough and have long-term durability to function in these projects,'' he said. Along with the Akron/Summit Solid Waste Management Authority, the firm received $62,500 for equipment and tooling upgrades to existing lines for an 18-month project.
``We should be seeing product results within the first four to six months,'' Robbins said.
Thermoformer and injection molder Landmark Plastic Corp. will use its $150,000 grant to expand its search for ``nontraditional'' materials, officials said. Historically, Landmark has used polyethylene, PET, polypropylene and polystyrene.
``There's a finite supply of traditional materials, and that's what has piqued our interests,'' said Jamie Kane, Landmark's business and operations development manager. ``We're looking to really grow our own resource for materials that would fit the features and functionality [of our current products].''
The firm will stay focused on traditional markets of lawn and garden and horticulture, Kane said in a Dec. 17 telephone interview.
The two firms were among a group of Ohio companies that received more than $2 million in grants to strengthen corporate recycling efforts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, based in Columbus. The grants were made available through that group's Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention.