The Plastics Group of America, a compounder based in Woonsocket, R.I., now will sell directly to customers who had been buying its Polifil-brand products through Sabic Innovative Plastics US LLC.
The change was effective Feb. 15. The relationship between TPG and Sabic IP of Pittsfield, Mass., dates back almost 20 years, to when GE Plastics, Sabic's predecessor, operated the Polymerland resin distribution unit.
As a result of the change, customers will be able to purchase Polifil in smaller quantities as low as 50 pounds and can expect faster processing of orders, TPG officials said in a news release.
The switch affects about 60 accounts, according to Executive Vice President Mike Rosenthal.
The Polifil line includes grades of polypropylene, ABS, polycarbonate and nylon reinforced with minerals, talc, calcium or other additives. The materials are sold into markets including automotive, medical and appliance.
President Robert Lebeaux launched TPG in 1973 as Ralco Industries, a buyer and seller of scrap materials. The firm started recycling in 1978 and compounding in 1980 before adopting its current name in 1988.
TPG now operates four extrusion lines and employs 30 at a 65,000-square-foot site. The firm has annual sales of about $20 million.
On the new-product front, TPG is developing a line of flame-retardant materials.
The firm last expanded in 2008 when it installed its fourth extrusion line and added five new resin silos with total storage capacity of more than 1 million pounds.
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