Bill Bowie and Garland Strong co-founded consulting firm Resin Technology Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1998. RTi aims to empower its clients with information that allows them reduce their costs by making more informed buying choices. In just eight years, the company has grown to 17 resin experts representing more than 4 billion pounds in polyolefin purchases.
The University of Wisconsin psychology graduate has spent the last 21 years focused on the purchasing of plastic raw materials for industry leaders. He began his plastics career as a management trainee for blown film processor Poly-America Inc., and gained experience in all aspects of the company. He managed Poly-America's compounding operations, before moving into materials management for the Texas firm, which consumed more than 500 million pounds of resin per year.
After eight years at Poly America, Bowie went to work as resin manager at Doskocil Manufacturing Co., a maker of injection molded pet products. There he established a continuous-improvement system that encompassed manufacturing, engineering, sales, product development and finance. The success of that program - devoted to maintaining high product quality standards while driving down resin costs - prompted Doskcoil to invest in a compounding facility capable of handling 120 million pounds a year. In 1996, Doskocil promoted Bowie to president of Spectrum Polymer Inc., a separate but commonly owned firm.