Three industry veterans have started Polymera Inc. to produce wood-plastic composites and custom profiles.
Herb Hutchison, vice president and general manager, said Polymera should begin production at the end of the first quarter, in a 160,000-square-foot factory in Hebron, Ohio, near Columbus.
Our objective is to help extrusion, injection and compression molding companies that would like to enter the [wood-plastic composite] market but don't have the volume to justify investing in upstream blending and materials handling, he said. The company also wants to supply niche materials manufacturers of larger-volume wood-plastic products.
Polymera will supply wood and other natural-fiber composites in agglomerate form or compounds, or in extruded profiles. The new company has blending systems capable of handling more than 50 million pounds of custom-formulated compounds a year.
Hutchison said Polymera also has three twin-screw Milacron extruders for running decking and custom profiles.
Polymera officials are touting the firm's ability to run varying formulations, using a range of raw materials, according to customer specifications.
Hutchison has more than 30 years of experience in plastics, with an emphasis on wood-plastic composites. Most recently, he was director of international business development at equipment maker Milacron Extrusion Systems. Before that, Hutchison worked 32 years at Crane Plastics Manufacturing Ltd. of Columbus, where he was responsible for Crane's first TimberTech wood-plastic composite plant to make decking.
Polymera President Maan Said has previous experience in plastics manufacturing operations and investment banking.
Matt Kollar, vice president of engineering, has more than 25 years in plastics, including oversight of three wood-plastic composite manufacturing facilities. Kollar was vice director of engineering at Crane.