Chase Plastics sponsors STEM camp this summer by providing catered lunches to STEM camp middle-school students

August 10th, 2022
CATHERINE KAVANAUGH
Staff Writer – Plastics News

STEM camps focus on ‘molding kids for success’

Greensboro, N.C.-based Core Technology Molding Corp. is hosting STEM camps for middle-school children with a wide look at what it takes to produce injection molded parts for the pharmaceutical and automotive markets.

Called Molding Kids for Success, the weeklong camp presents some unique STEM subjects for fifth- through eighth-graders, including materials, additives, 3D printing, clean room molding, supply chain management and technical writing. The heady topics are presented in fun, hands-on ways using bouncing polyurethane balls, nylon string and polyethylene golf tees with recycled content from the mesh fencing of a Dow Inc. charity golf event.

The goal is to introduce students to the plastics industry at young ages — in this case, 11- to 14-year-olds — so manufacturing will be among their early career considerations, according to Core Technology CEO and President Geoff Foster.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Outrageous Customer Service

Thirty years ago, a dream born out of the desire to provide outrageous service to small and medium-sized American processors became a reality when Chase Plastic Services, Inc. was formed. After tirelessly working for a large plastics company, I saw firsthand how customers were treated based on profit and how employees were treated as a number. I knew I would do it differently if given the opportunity. After many discussions with my wife, Carole, about what we envisioned “Chase Plastics” purpose, ideology, and core values would look like, the day came to take the leap.

With little more than a $2,500 investment in our pocket, one supplier, and our Business Plan, Chase Plastics was formed on May 4, 1992, with Carole as employee #1 to establish the inner workings and me as employee #2 to start selling. Our goal then – and now – was to do what the big distributors could not and would not do: provide quality specialty, engineering, and commodity thermoplastics for small- to medium-sized applications through outrageous customer service.
Today, 30 years later, providing outrageous customer service is more than a value; it’s instilled in our DNA and inherent in everything we do. Just like the day we started, we are committed to providing our North American customers and suppliers:

· Responsive solutions that aren’t delayed by red tape or inaction
· A partnership based on a genuine understanding of your business, needs, and goals
· Dedicated people, tools, and resources to help you succeed and thrive
· Delivering premium valued products and services on-time and defect-free
· Total customer and supplier satisfaction

As we celebrate this accomplishment, we are humbled and grateful for the many contributions our valued employees, customers, and suppliers have made to the company’s success. Thank you for the memories, friendships, and partnerships we have made over the past 30 years and for allowing us to be part of your success.

Kevin Chase, CEO

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Chase Plastics named #8 in Suppliers Category on Plastics News Best Places to Work for 2022

Plastics News
Jordan Vitick
Special Projects Editor

The top 22 plastics companies have been named for 2022, and Plastic Components Inc. and Conventus Polymers have taken the top spots in the processors and suppliers categories, respectively. The full list was announced March 23 at Plastics News‘ Executive Forum awards ceremony in Naples.

Plastic Components has made the Best Places to Work list every year since 2014. PCI is an injection molder in Germantown, Wis., that delivers mission-critical engineered thermoplastic components for the plumbing, appliance, automotive and construction industries. It was ahead of the general public in supplying personal protective equipment during the pandemic and supplied others in the industry with masks and hand sanitizer.

This is Conventus Polymers’ first appearance on the list. Conventus is a resin distributor in Parsippany, N.J., that emphasizes mental health and diversity and inclusion. It also pays 100 percent of medical, dental and vision premiums for employees.

All 22 companies will be profiled in the April 25 issue of PN. The Best Places to Work list in order, by category:

Processors

  1. Plastic Components Inc., an injection molder in Germantown, Wis.
  2. Imflux, a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble with a low-constant-pressure injection molding technology in Hamilton, Ohio.
  3. MTD Micro Molding, a precision micromolder in Charlton, Mass.
  4. Team 1 Plastics, an injection molder for the transportation industry in Albion, Mich.
  5. KI Industries Inc., a supplier of decorative products for more than 50 years in Berkeley, Ill.
  6. Dymotek Corp., a plastic and liquid silicone rubber molder in Ellington, Conn.
  7. Diversified Plastics, an injection molder and 3D printer in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
  8. Currier Plastics Inc., a custom injection and blow molder in Auburn, N.Y.
  9. Redline Plastics, a rotational molder and vacuum former in Manitowoc, Wis.
  10. Pacific Plastics Injection Molding, an injection molder in Vista, Calif.
Suppliers
  1. Conventus Polymers, a resin distributor in Parsippany, N.J.
  2. Asahi Kasei Asaclean Americas, a purging compound supplier in Parsippany, N.J.
  3. ALPS Inspection, a maker of in-line leak testing equipment in Harrison, Ohio.
  4. US Extruders, a manufacturer of custom single-screw extruders in Westerly, R.I.
  5. ePlastics, a sheet distributor and fabricator in San Diego.
  6. Hasco America Inc., a supplier of standard mold components and hot runners in Fletcher, N.C.
  7. M. Holland Co., family-run resin distributor in Northbook, Ill.
  8. Chase Plastic Services Inc., a resin distributor in Clarkston, Mich.
  9. PureCycle Technologies Inc., a polypropylene recycler in Orlando, Fla.
  10. Jamplast Inc., a resin distributor in Ellisville, Mo.
  11. International Plastics, a film extruder and converter in Greenville, S.C.
  12. West Michigan Compounding LLC, a custom compounder and post-industrial recycler in Greenville, Mich.

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Chase Plastics named on Plastics News Best Places to Work list for 2022

Twenty-two companies have been named to Plastics News‘ ninth annual Best Places to Work list.

The rankings will be announced at an awards ceremony during PN‘s Executive Forum on March 23 in Naples, Fla.

Profiles of all Best Places companies will be featured in the April 25 issue of PN.

The 2022 list separates processors and suppliers. For a company to be considered eligible, it must have a facility in the United States or Canada with a minimum of 15 employees, be in business for at least one year and derive at least 50 percent of revenue from plastics-related operations.

Company workplace policies and practices, as well as an internal employee engagement and satisfaction survey, are taken into consideration for the process. The annual survey and awards program is managed by Best Companies Group, a Harrisburg, Pa.-based research firm that has spent more than a decade administrating data and identifying exceptional places to work.

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2021 Chase Plastics Giving Card Campaign winners announced

Chase Plastics is awarding donations totaling $10,000 to four different charities as part of their annual Chase Plastics Giving Card Campaign. Now in its sixth year, the much-anticipated campaign is awarding a record $2,500 to four winning charities. This year’s winners were all nominated by customers of Chase Plastics. They include:

Rising Stars Academy: A school for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults to belong and develop the necessary skills to participate within the community at their full potential. https://www.rising-stars-academy.org/

Penrickton Center for Blind Children: A unique, private nonprofit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve. https://penrickton.org/

Photo courtesy of Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Battin Farms Equine & Soldier Sanctuary: A nonprofit horse rescue, first and foremost, with a second aspiration to utilize rescued horses and rehabilitate to provide equine therapy to veterans and active duty military at no cost. www.battinfarms.com

See Me Home – Senior Dog Sanctuary: A nonprofit senior dog sanctuary located in Sturgis, MI that provides a safe haven for senior and special needs dogs. https://www.facebook.com/seemehome

Photos courtesy of See Me Home – Senior Dog Sanctuary

The Chase Giving Campaign started in 2016 as a way to highlight the charities that Chase Plastics’ customers and suppliers were most passionate about. Their generosity has not only led to a total of $37,000 being donated to charities across the country through the campaign, but it has also perpetuated the spirit of giving — something in which Chase Plastics strongly believes. Chase Plastics has made it an initiative to encourage volunteerism and increase awareness of charitable organizations by spotlighting various nominated charities on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages throughout the campaign. As a result, they hope to inspire others to donate time or money to the featured charities or use it as a resource themselves.

This year, the Chase Plastics Giving Card received a record number of nominations and used their social media channels to spotlight several of the nominees. The added exposure of some lesser-known charities was met with appreciation from those who had submitted. “It’s our favorite time of year,” said Chase Plastics’ President, Kevin Chase. “Our company and industry never lose sight of what really matters. We love coming together to make a difference.”

Past winners include: Party for a Purpose (Monticello, MN), LifeCenter Northwest (Bellevue, WA), Children’s Oncology Group Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), Home of the Innocents (Louisville, KY), Malachi House Hospice (Cleveland, OH), Gleaners Community Food Bank (Detroit, MI), Operation Underground Railroad, Thumb Area Helping Hands (Bad Axe, MI), Folds of Honor, Hero Dogs, Inc., Because There Is Hope, Toms River Field of Dreams (Township of Toms River, NJ), Agape Safe Haven (Longmont, CO), Paws With a Cause (Wayland, MI) and Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (Akron, OH).

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Nominate your favorite charity
It’s giving season at Chase Plastics

Plastics News
Rhoda Miel, Assistant Managing Editor

For the sixth year, the resin distributor in Clarkston, Mich., will give out $1,000 gift cards to charitable groups, and it has opened nominations at its website for the program. Chase is accepting nominations from customers, suppliers and even people who are not currently customers.

In addition to the donations, Chase will highlight nominated groups through its social media pages.

“In times of crisis, it’s more important than ever to lend a helping hand to those in need,” the company said.

Nominations are due Dec. 14, and winners will be announced Dec. 22.

 

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Chase Plastics Appoints Kevin Chase CEO and
Adam Paulson President

Chase Plastics Services, Inc. announced today the appointment of Kevin Chase, President of Chase Plastics, to Chief Executive Officer, and Adam Paulson, Vice President of Operations, to the role of President, effective January 1, 2022. The changes reflect a thoughtful and strategic approach to long-term growth and succession planning for the growing organization.

Kevin Chase, co-founder and President of Chase Plastics for 29 years, started the business with his wife and business partner, Carole. From their humble beginnings, they built an organization committed to providing quality specialty, engineering, and commodity thermoplastics for small, medium, and large-sized applications through Outrageous Customer Service.  Today, Chase Plastics is one of the largest plastic resin companies in North America and employs 144 people.

Adam Paulson, a Chase Plastics veteran since 2003 with an impressive sales and operations background, has held the position of Vice President of Operations since 2015. “It is with great pride that we announce the transition of my role to CEO and the promotion of Adam Paulson to President,” said Kevin Chase. “Adam has been an integral part of our success and growth and has embodied our core values and culture of excellence for more than 18 years.  His vision and dedication to our customers, suppliers, employees, culture, and industry made him the natural choice to lead the organization into our second generation of growth.”

“I am blessed to have called Chase Plastics home for nearly half my life,” said Adam Paulson.  “The team’s dedication to our core values and delivering ‘outrageous customer service’ is an inspiration. The commitment of our leadership group to our team, ownership, suppliers, and customer base is extraordinary.  I am humbled and honored to be trusted to lead this dynamic organization and to further Kevin and Carole’s vision and passion for service excellence.”

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Plastics and ACC announce six new members to elite Operation Clean Sweep blue status

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced the addition of six new members to Operation Clean Sweep Blue. The elite status is achieved by exceeding rigorous standards set by Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS). OCS is an industry-led campaign dedicated to help every plastic resin handling operation prevent plastic resin loss.

New OCS Blue Designees 

  • Chase Plastics Services (South Bend, IN)
  • Bayport Polymers LLC (Pasadena, TX)
  • Fortron Industries, Inc. (Wilmington, NC)
  • Intertape Polymer Corporation (Sarasota, FL)
  • R&J Trucking (Youngstown, OH)
  • TotalEnergies Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. (Houston, TX)

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Brother, can you spare some resin?
Distribution executives look at 2021

Frank Esposito
Plastics News
August 17, 2021

If resin distributors had theme songs, their selection for 2021 might be the Rolling Stones hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

That’s been the case for availability of resin as well as for challenges in logistics, labor, packaging, shipping, rail and trucking since early 2020. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic were followed by hurricanes in the second half of 2020 and an unexpected ice storm that hit Texas in February.

(A backup song selection might be the Joe Jackson hit “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want).” But that might not apply, since distributors already know what they want.)

These tight supply conditions have been accompanied by surging demand from many plastics end markets as global economies recovered. The major supply/demand imbalance has made life challenging for resin distributors, who could sell more resin if they could only get more resin.

Plastics News recently checked in with executives at several resin distribution firms to see how they were handling the challenges of 2021.
Here’s what they had to say:

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Longmont homeless shelter Agape Safe Haven receives surprise donation to close 2020

Jessica Bennet, communications director of Agape Safe Haven, said she checked email on Dec. 15 and was surprised to see the $2,500 donation and was even more shocked when she noticed it came from Michigan. And although it was a great act of kindness, it wasn’t random.

During a year that has left many without work and shelter, a refuge in Longmont that helps the most vulnerable in society get back on their feet received a $2,500 donation from Michigan’s Chase Plastics.

Jessica Bennet, communications director of Agape Safe Haven, said she checked email on Dec. 15 and was surprised to see the $2,500 donation and was even more shocked when she noticed it came from Michigan. And although it was a great act of kindness, it wasn’t random.

It turns out a volunteer from Faith Community Lutheran Church, Peggy Matern Brossman, also a customer of Chase Plastics, nominated Agape Safe Haven for the donation.

Chase Plastics is a family-owned thermoplastics distributor out of Clarkston, Michigan.

The small company was opened by Kevin and Carole Chase almost 30 years ago, according to executive assistant and marketing manager Sherry Cudd. From the trunk of their car and a $2,500 investment, the Chases grew the company to one of the biggest thermoplastic distributors in the United States and saw it named one of the best places to work in 2020 by Plastics News.

During the pandemic, Chase Plastics has been distributing plastics to customers all over the country who, in turn, have been making personal protective equipment, among other things, Cudd said.

For the fifth year, the company decided to give back by donating to a charity. After some consideration, Chase Plastics decided to give three charities $2,500 each.

“I can’t say enough about the big hearts that the Chases have for not only letting me do this campaign every year, but they just always are so willing to give,” Cudd said, adding the campaign also creates an avenue for getting “the word out there about these charities.”

With 88 nominations, Cudd said it was difficult to choose recipients.

“But what stood out to us is just the work that (Agape Safe Haven is) doing and that a charity like that could probably really use the extra boost this year,” Cudd said.

She wasn’t wrong. Agape Safe Haven is known in Longmont for the care it provides to those who need it most.

Before Agape Safe Haven became what it is today, it was a shelter that opened when the weather was bad enough to put homeless people at risk, giving them somewhere safe and warm to go during frigid and wet nights.

“With the Boulder Shelter consistently full, the HOPE street outreach had nowhere to take the homeless,” according to Agape’s page at Coloradogives.org.

In response, Agape Safe Haven created a shelter program for up to 15 homeless individuals at a time that rotates locations between Longmont churches to give people a place to stay for a year.

Some people are referred to Agape Safe Haven by Longmont Public Safety and all potential guests must apply for space at the shelter.

Agape chooses residents based on a list of criteria, according to the program page. Requirements include that they are not aggressive, they remain sober, are attempting to be self-sufficient and they would be emotionally or physically vulnerable at a warming center.

While Agape is built on Christian principles, its “sheltering model does not include religious practices; it simply serves our poorest neighbors with compassion as an expression of our Christian faith,” according to its mission statement.

Church services are offered but they are not required to be part of the Agape Safe Haven community, Bennet said.

“The only thing they have to do for us is they’ve got to remain sober, or if they’re unable to maintain their sobriety, we do our darndest to make sure that they get to meetings or get counseling help and whatever they need,” she said.

Agape also offers a year-round day shelter where guests can check their email, apply for jobs, socialize, do their laundry, take showers, access a kitchen and receive counseling from a registered psychotherapist, according to the website.

COVID-19 impacted Agape, closing down almost all of the church sites that served as overnight shelters. The residents have been staying at the day center, a small three-bedroom house rented by Agape.

“Through fate or whatever, we’ve had six homeless men and women that we’ve had staying at our day shelter since March,” Bennet said, adding they are all self-quarantining as a precaution since three of the residents have disabilities.

Having a safe, warm place to stay is only a portion of what the people Agape serves need for success, Bennet said, adding 2020 was a tough year in which to make progress.

“It’s bad enough being homeless, try being homeless in the middle of a pandemic, knowing that you still have to work on yourself, and it’s still your responsibility to try to get out there and find work and work on your mental health and your physical health. It’s just really sad and depressing,” she said.

While Agape always accepts donations of money and items from its Amazon wishlist, letters of encouragement to its guests would be most helpful in easing their feelings of isolation, Bennet said. Letters can be sent to Agape at 10656 Parkridge Ave., Longmont, CO 80504.

The donation from Chase Plastics will go to operating costs.

“We’re a small tiny nonprofit, so $2,500 for us is a big deal,” Bennet said. “God has provided; I mean, it’s great.”

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