Chase deals winning hand with Giving Card campaign

Resin distributor Chase Plastics is kicking off the holiday season with the return of its Giving Card campaign.

The program recognizes and awards selected charitable organizations nominated by customers and suppliers of Clarkston, Mich.-based Chase. Participants are encouraged to share their own stories of giving. Chase will then select the most compelling submission and award a $2,000 gift to the chosen entrant’s favorite charity.

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Ascend boosting production of nylon 6/6 resins, feedstocks

Friedrichshafen, Germany — Ascend Performance Materials LLC plans to add capacity for multiple products, including nylon 6/6 resins. Houston-based Ascend first will add capacity for adiponitrile feedstock at its plant in Decatur, Ala., said Scott Rook, nylon commercial operations vice president, in an interview at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen.  He declined to provide details of the expansion but said that the project will create new jobs and “will meet [Ascend’s] needs.”

Rook estimated that the global nylon 6/6 market will need an estimated 385 million pounds of annual adiponitrile capacity in the next five years. “Capacity is very tight in the industry,” he said.

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Chase Plastics appoints Merkle as Automotive Business Development Manager

CLARKSTON, Mich., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Furthering their commitment to the automotive segment, Chase Plastics announced the appointment of Jason Merkle to Automotive Business Development Manager.

The newly created position was developed exclusively to support customer needs through supplemental technical expertise and an extraordinarily high level of service that has become synonymous with the Chase Plastics name. Working directly with automotive OEMs, Tiers and Processors, Jason will be key in helping them determine material, process and technical solutions in collaboration with both supplier partners and Chase Technical Application Engineers. He declined to provide details of the expansion but said that the project will create new jobs and “will meet [Ascend’s] needs.”

Rook estimated that the global nylon 6/6 market will need an estimated 385 million pounds of annual adiponitrile capacity in the next five years. “Capacity is very tight in the industry,” he said.


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Chase Plastics celebrates 25 years of outrageous customer service

Clarkston, Mich., June 6, 2017 – As businesses evolve and industry mergers occur, milestone anniversaries can be a rare occasion – however, this isn’t the case for Chase Plastics. This June, Chase Plastics commemorated 25 years of success, partnerships and outrageous customer service — all factors that helped the Company redefine resin distribution over the past two decades.

At a celebratory event at Michigan’s premiere resort, The Amway Grand Hotel, Chase team members gathered June 2nd-5th to celebrate the Company’s storied history and bright future as a top-ten leader in the industry: an achievement that Chase Plastics’ CEO, Kevin Chase attributed directly to relationships built from providing exceptional customer service. “Our hallmark ‘outrageous service’ has helped to shape this company. It, along with our culture, has been the foundation for our partnerships and the cornerstone of our success.” In 1992, Kevin and Carole Chase set out with a $2,500 investment and a mission that still stands today: to fill a need for plastic processors with quality specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics for small- to medium-sized applications with phenomenal customer service.

Named as Plastics News’ #1 Best Places to Work in 2016, it’s evident that Chase invests in, and values, their 122 employees, or as they like to call them, their “#1 Asset.” “Our team is the best in the industry. They’re passionate about serving our customers,” said Human Resources Director, Gustina Sell. “And we’re passionate about equipping them with resources that empower them and promoting from within.”

Over the course of the three-day anniversary celebrations on the tail end of their International Sales Meeting, the emphasis on service and teamwork remained in the forefront. Team building exercises included mixology competitions at the Grand Rapids Market, outdoor activities at the Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park and John Ball Zoo, and an excursion to the Frederick Meijer Gardens. Topping off the event, distinguished guests and employees enjoyed the grand Anniversary Gala dinner followed by live entertainment from Detroit-based country singer Gary Garris.

About Chase Plastics
Chase Plastics is a stocking distributor of more than 6,400 varieties of specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics from the industry’s leading manufacturers and global suppliers. Ranked as one of the top 10 engineering U.S. plastics distributors, Chase Plastics is Redefining Resin Distribution ® with an approach to business that puts customer needs first.

The Company, formed in 1992, surrounds customers with an industry-leading portfolio of value-added services delivered by skilled sales professionals and dedicated teams of technical and application development engineers and more – all of whom guide the material selection, application development and manufacturing processes. The company’s unmatched level of dedicated support, together with blending, repacking, inventory management and logistics services via a network of distribution and sales locations throughout North and Central America, is singularly focused on helping customers boost efficiencies and profitability.

Based in Clarkston, Michigan, Chase was founded by Kevin and Carole Chase, who serve as the Company’s president and vice president, respectively. Learn more about Chase and its commitment to providing outrageous customer service at

Resin execs talk heroes, from Silent Cal to the ‘great communicator’

History was in the air last week at the Plastics News Executive Forum.

Speakers and panelists were asked to identify their favorite historical figures. The members of the resin distribution panel that I had the honor of moderating made some great choices, but time limits at the event required me to shorten their explanations of why they made their choices.

So let’s give them the chance to more fully explain…

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Introducing Chase Plastics de Mexico

July 21, 2016 – Plastics Today Chase Plastic Services has announced the establishment of a subsidiary, Chase Plastics de Mexico, in Queretaro. The company has served customers in Mexico for more than a decade, but it has decided it can better serve plastics processors and OEMs in Mexico by providing locally based customer service and a comprehensive product line of specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics. Read Plastics Today to learn more.

Chase Plastics Promotes Devin Fuller to Regional Sales Manager in Mid-Atlantic/Northeastern United States

Chase Plastics Services, Inc., a leading stocking distributor of more than 6,400 specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics, announced the promotion of Devin Fuller to Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region of the United States. In his new position, Fuller will lead a region of four sellers in Chase Plastics’ ongoing commitment to deliver an “outrageous” level of customer service to plastics processors throughout the New England region, while also directly calling on select customers.

“In the past eight years, Devin has demonstrated time and again the ability to expertly guide customers through the material selection process, allowing them to focus on efficiently and profitably delivering parts and products to win in the marketplace,” said Chase Plastics Vice President of Sales Alan Arduini. “In short, he’s a valuable asset to the team and we’re excited to promote him to this important position and have him lead a territory that is vital to our continued growth.”

Fuller replaces Adam Paulson, who now serves as Chase Plastics vice president. Prior to his new position, Fuller served as a Senior Account Manager for the Northeast and Midwest regions. A Clarkston, Mich., native, Fuller joined Chase Plastics after he attended Northwood University and received a dual degree in international business and business management.

“I’m thrilled to accept this position in this key region, especially given the fantastic growth opportunity it represents and the relationships we’ve forged with customers throughout New England. We have a great team of highly skilled sales professionals and engineers who bring the concept of ‘outrageous’ customer service to life each and every day,” said Fuller. “I look forward to working with the team and elevating the level of service our customers deserve and have come to expect from Chase Plastics.”

Chase Plastics Expands Technical Service and Application Development Team

Chase Plastics is excited to announce two changes to its technical service and application development support team on the East Coast – enhancing its ability to provide customers with an outrageous level of customer service.

The changes include the addition of David Hoover, technical service and application development engineer, to the team. With more than 22 years of experience in plastic product design, engineering, processing and validation, Dave is an invaluable resource as Chase Plastics continues to develop innovative ways to serve its customers.

“In addition to providing ongoing technical and application support to existing programs, Technical Service Engineer/Application Development Engineers (TSE/ADEs) also work alongside our technical sellers and customers to source the right product for their application early in the process, slashing time and cost out of the production cycle while minimizing failures,” said Doug Wright, regional sales manager. “Dave has a proven track record in providing solutions throughout the value chain and brings a wealth of knowledge to processors on the East Coast. We’re confident his abilities and customer-focused approach will guide processors to improved manufacturing productivity and further elevate the level of ‘outrageous service’ were known for.”

Dave is a central Pennsylvania native and has a bachelor of science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He will be based out of Williamsport, PA.

“I’m looking forward to meeting our customers, learning about their business challenges and bringing valuable solutions to address their material and processing needs,” said David. “Through the dedicated team assigned to them at Chase Plastics, we will work diligently to ensure that they stay ahead of the competition.”

Chase Plastics also recently located technical service and application development engineer Jason Merkle to improve its reach, flexibility and responsiveness to our customers across the Southeast. Jason will be based in Charlotte, NC, and has a wide range of field expertise and knowledge in all aspects of material selection and plastic molding. He holds an associates and bachelor of science degree in plastics engineering technology from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

“Jason has been with Chase Plastics for more than four years and continues to demonstrate his technical expertise by consistently providing successful material solutions to customers from the more than 6,400 varieties of specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics we have to offer,” said Wright. “He has an innate ability to work hand-in-hand with both our technical sellers and customers to evaluate materials and/or issues and resolve them effectively, either by tweaking the process or recommending an alternative material that eliminates failures while improving their bottom line.”

Jason is a Michigan native but coincidentally was born in Charlotte and spent the first six years of his life there. While his previous territory was the East Coast, he also served customers in the South and Southeast. This move will allow him to be more centrally located, available and focused on those customers.

“I am thrilled to move to the Southeast, and excited to step up to the plate on the challenges and opportunities that our dedicated customers face in the region,” said Jason.” I look forward to growing our high level of technical support and partnering with customers to find customized solutions for every application.”

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