A former GE Plastics executive has opened a polycarbonate sheet and film business in Cincinnati.
Richard Filiault launched Optiglass PC LLC earlier this year after buying Si Kote Technologies Inc., a sheet-coating business that had been in operation for almost 20 years. Optiglass now operates a pair of coating lines, coating sheet that it buys from an undisclosed U.S. supplier.
The Optiglass product line includes high-optic PC sheet, mar-resistant PC sheet and specialty films. The firm also coats some small extruded parts, such as pieces for face shields and goggles.
Optiglass imports PC film as well as polypropylene film and some specialty PC sheet from Mianyang Longhua Film Co. Ltd. of Mianyang, China. Products imported from Longhua include graphic, non-halogenated and flame-retardant PC films.
To date, Optiglass has done direct sales into the security and automotive markets and also has done a good deal of business through film and sheet distributors, according to account manager Anna Godsey.
Filiault worked at GE Plastics as a national account manager for Lexan-brand PC for nine years. He has been joined at Optiglass by former GE Plastics managers Tom Hayes and Karl Greenbaum, each of whom were with GE Plastics for more than 10 years. Filiault is the firm's majority owner, with a silent partner owning the remainder.
``It's a great time for us to enter the market,'' Filiault said in a news release. ``The industry is changing, and Optiglass brings American value to the table. So far, the response has been fantastic.''
Optiglass employs 25 at a 16,000-square-foot site in Cincinnati and expects to post sales of $6 million in its first year of operation.
The company also plans to add a warehousing site in Charlotte, N.C., in 2009 or 2010, with the possibility of adding a coating line there as well.