S&E SPECIALTY POLYMERS ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT TEAM APPOINTMENTSLunenburg, Mass. (July 29, 2010)...S&E Specialty Polymers, a leading producer of plastic compounds, has made several appointments to its management team. These appointments reflect the company’s continued organizational refinement to keep up with growth and better serve its customers.
Recent management appointments include:
Duane Shooltz, Chief Operating Officer: formerly Senior Vice President at Gastite, a division of Smith Industries, Shooltz is responsible for all operations at S&E. He reports to Steve Graham, President & Chief Executive Officer.
Tony Pham, Controller: Pham joined S&E from Clearplas in Lunenburg, Mass. He is responsible for all financial operations for S&E. He reports directly to Shooltz.
Bob Woodward, Senior Chemist: Woodward joined S&E after 25 years at J-Von LLC. He reports to Ilia Charlat, Vice President of Research & Development.
The following people all will report to Duane Shooltz:
Dave Minardi, Operations Manager: an employee of S&E since the company’s founding in 2004, Minardi has worked for 13 years in the plastics industry. He is responsible for materials management and purchasing.
Steve Anderson, Manager of Color Development: before joining S&E Anderson worked for 14 years at Uniform Color Corporation, where he was Senior Colorist.
Nick Semenza, Chemist: Semenza was President of CCC (Colors, Compounds and Consultants) Corporation in Seabrook, NH before joining S&E.
S&E Specialty Polymers applauds Comtran Corporation on their twenty-five years of success. We look forward to our continual partnership in meeting Comtran's needs for custom plastic compounds.
S&E SPECIALTY POLYMERS EXPANDS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CAPABILITIES WITH ADDITION OF NEW TWIN-SCREW EXTRUDERNew 28mm Twin-Screw Extruder from Steer America Helps Company Develop New Resin Compounds
Lunenburg, Mass. (June 18, 2010) . . . S&E Specialty Polymers has expanded its research and development capabilities and added production flexibility with the recent purchase and installation of a 28mm twin-screw extruder from Steer America, Inc.
Since its installation in January, S&E has used the twin-screw extruder to develop and introduce numerous new products, including:
• High concentration flame-retardant masterbatches; • New generation styrenic-based compounds as PVC replacements; • High-end thermoplastic olefins (TPO) with excellent rigidity and impact resistance, ideal for automotive applications
Duane Shooltz, Chief Operating Officer at S&E, said the company evaluated several twin-screw extruder brands before deciding on Steer. He cited Steer’s excellent responsiveness and fast delivery as factors in the purchase decision. The 28mm lab-sized machine features high torque and has outputs ranging from 50-200 lbs/hr.
“We get a lot of low volume requests from customers, and this machine is a perfect fit for that,” said Shooltz. “It has already helped us be more responsive to customer needs and has enhanced our internal R&D efforts.”
Ilia Charlat, Vice President of Research & Development at S&E, said the new extruder has helped S&E expand its development of engineering materials. “We have been known for years as a supplier of PVC compounds and while PVC is still an important part of the company’s product line, we are looking to diversify into new markets and new materials,” he said. “This machine has given us more flexibility to experiment with new compounds.”
S&E SPECIALTY POLYMERS NAMES NEXT STEP COMMUNICATIONS THEIR AGENCY OF RECORDWest Newbury, MA (May 3, 2010). . . S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Mass. has named Next Step Communications as its agency of record.
S&E is a leading compounder of plastic resins that are used in the Automotive, Wire & Cable, Battery, and Footwear Industries as well as in other general purpose applications. The company produces a variety of flame retardant compounds for PVC and polyolefins and also specializes in exact color matching capabilities. In addition, S&E has a state-of-the-art product development and testing lab and enjoys ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:2005 certification.
Duane Shooltz, Chief Operating Officer at S&E, said "we are working to re-brand our company and be more visible in the plastics industry. We are confident this new initiative will help us grow and gain market share, and we are happy to have Greg Hannoosh and Next Step on board to help us achieve our goals."
The initial focus will include a strong PR campaign to promote S&E in the industry, said Greg Hannoosh, President of Next Step. "S&E is a strong company with a great story to tell, yet they have kept a relatively low profile until now," said Hannoosh. "We look forward to helping them spread the word about their capabilities."
In addition to the initial PR effort, Next Step will work to develop an advertising campaign, literature and an increased online presence for S&E.
Next Step Communications Inc. is a full-service advertising agency specializing in serving the plastics and packaging industries. Founded in 1996, the company is headquartered in West Newbury, Massachusetts.
For more information on Next Step, contact Greg Hannoosh, President, at (978) 363-5372.
STANLEY TRYKOWSKI OF S&E SPECIALTY POLYMERS RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD FROM WIRE & CABLE MANUFACTURERS ALLIANCELunenburg, Mass. (May 6, 2010) . . . Stanley Trykowski, a senior R&D chemist at plastic compounder S&E Specialty Polymers, received the Wire & Cable Manufacturers Alliance (WCMA) Distinguished Career Award at a ceremony held Saturday, April 24 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Trykowski was honored along with seven other wire and cable industry leaders. Following a nomination process, a selection committee of over 100 prior award recipients voted on the candidates. Winners were picked based on strong character, credibility, and significant commercial or technical contributions over a minimum 25-year industry career.
After three years in the U.S. Navy in World War II, where he served as a navigator in the Naval Air Corps, Trykowski returned home to Connecticut to resume his education. He earned a BA in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Chemistry/Engineering at Trinity College. He then began his career in 1951 as a research chemist at Wm. Brand Co. (now General Cable) in Willimantic, CT, and spent the next nine years developing PVC compounds for military applications.
In 1960 Trykowski took a position as Vice President and Technical Director of Compounding at Blane Chemical in Canton, Mass. and in 1964, he joined the Great American Chemical Company in Fitchburg, Mass. as Vice President of R&D. In 1968, he and two partners formed Lynn Plastics Corporation, a specialty PVC compounder. In addition to providing compounds for the wire and cable industry, Lynn Plastics was successful in penetrating the footwear and automotive industries. Several innovative products for these industries were developed by Trykowski, including heel and sole compounds for shoes and boots, and body side moldings and windshield encapsulations for cars.
After selling Lynn Plastics, instead of retiring, Trykowski joined S&E as a Senior R&D Chemist, where he continues to lend his expertise and help the company test and develop new compounds. At 86 years young, Trykowski still works three days a week at S&E as a Senior Research Chemist. Trykowski and his wife Cecelia have been married for 55 years.