What is GreenPro & How TERM® Can Help

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

GreenPro may be a program you have yet to hear about, but my hope is that as a pest management professional, you are interested!

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers a green pest control certification called GreenPro. GreenPro is the world’s largest and most credible green certification program for pest management professionals and recognizes companies within the pest management industry that are committed to providing commercial and residential customers with reduced risk, comprehensive, and effective pest control services.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a practice that employs the use of all available techniques to control a target pest. This is a common sense approach to treating and controlling pests that we, as pest management professionals, are taught repeatedly as we learn the trade. Tactics for a sound IPM program include inspection, identification of target organisms and the conducive conditions that allow the populations to grow, and solutions that include pesticides, biological control organisms, physical/mechanical barriers, and sanitation practices. A follow up and re-evaluation of the program is the final step and is often one of the most important, as target organisms and conducive conditions change over time.

When dealing with urban pests, such as termites and ants, pesticides have shown incredible efficacy. However, when searching for additional forms of control to build an IPM program for a customer, pest management professionals can feel limited.

TERM® Barrier System is your solution.

Four primary products make up the TERM® Barrier system: Membrane, Sealant, Particle Barrier and MicroMesh. We manufacture everything in Ennis, Texas, and each of these products can be customized each of your unique customers. These products are more than just mechanical barriers – they are also moisture/vapor barriers and designed for areas that may have never had insect exclusion opportunities.

For example, the TERM® All-Pest Bath Trap Barrier utilizes all four products to keep termites, ants, scorpions, and other pests from entering the home through bath traps and other foundation leave-out areas. The TERM® Sealant is great for sealing plumbing penetrations on the slab, which can often become primary entry points for pests over time. Additionally, TERM® products have been combined to create solutions for well house structures, which can often be tricky structures to treat with chemical.

The best part about the TERM® Barrier System? It is completely pesticide free. You, as a pest control professional, may use as much as is needed to complement your IPM program.

The TERM® Barrier System has recently been certified as a GreenPro partner. We worked with NPMA’s QualityPro certification program to design the TERM® Barrier System installation protocol to be in compliance with GreenPro standards. To earn this credential, integrate the TERM® Barrier System into your service and contact NPMA to finalize your GreenPro service certification.

For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com. Next week, we will take a closer look at integrated pest management and talk about why it’s important.

 

World Pipelines article March 2017

16 March 2017 – “Expansion against headwings” | World Pipelines

Polyguard has purchased a new facility in the town of Corsicana, Texas that more than doubles the manufacturing capabilities.

The global oil and gas industry is currently experiencing leaner times due to depressed pricing. In spite of this challenging macro-economic environment, Polyguard Products Inc. has announced that at the end of its most recent fiscal year it has completed 24 years of unbroken sales expansion. This means since 1992 total sales have always exceeded the prior year’s sales. To accommodate this growth, Polyguard purchased a new facility in the town of Corsicana, Texas (close to the existing facilities in Ennis, Texas) that more than doubles the manufacturing capabilities. This facility will open in the middle of 2017 and represents a significant capital investment.

Polyguard’s headquarters will remain open in Ennis while a majority of its manufacturing will be moved to Corsicana with no projected slowdowns in product during the move. Many of the processes will be improved and an increase in efficiency is expected, with an eye on further growth in the future, made possible by revenue growth and a new, larger home for the manufacturing facility. The proximity of Ennis to Corsicana (less than 25 miles south of Ennis on Interstate 45), means all current employees will remain with the company during the transition.Polyguard believes that innovation and differentiation are crucial elements to the company’s nearly quarter century of uninterrupted expansion. Likewise, staff motivation and being diversified across multiple industry sectors, such as building products and mechanical insulation, among others, is important. As a 100% Employee Stock Owned company, almost all employees are stake holders in the overall success. But certainly, constant expansion is a strong statement about the caliber of the products that Polyguard produces and the relationship Polyguard has with its customers. Not to mention their longevity in markets and the loyalty displayed by Polyguard customers, for which the company is grateful: as growth can be simply defined as keeping the existing customers you have while acquiring more every year.For those potential customers amongst the readers of this article, Polyguard would like to emphasise the company’s focus on differentiation. Sometimes in the minds of someone unfamiliar with the benefits of a Polyguard product, the fact the product is different is viewed negatively. But firstly, in any graduate business school they teach one of the fundamental keys to being successful is the ability to differentiate your products or services from the competition. So if someone accustomed to standardisation sees something is different, the first instinct can be to disregard it as “non-compliant” or negative in any case. But the root of innovation is to improve on existing designs or otherwise design a better, more efficient, or more effective way to achieve an objective or function. So by criticizing something as “non-standardised” or different often one could be missing the whole point of progress in technology. In fact, it is the company’s opinion the solutions offered by Polyguard represent creative and innovative approaches to the challenges faced by the industries Polyguard services.Polyguard recognises sometimes the solutions it offers are not “one size fits all”, but perhaps the financial results of Polyguard demonstrate the repeated success and market confidence in their products. Polyguard has expressed how the company feels honoured to get such consistent positive market feedback in the form of expanded sales every year without interruption for almost a quarter century. This validates that the global markets do want companies that innovate and differentiate themselves from the mass market pack. So if you are a potential user of one of the products Polyguard manufactures, make contact and see which products could be of use to you. It is safe to say time has proven them successful.

Read more: https://www.worldpipelines.com/special-reports/16032017/expansion-against-headwings/

An Introduction to the TERM® Barrier System

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

TERM Sustainable Pest BarriersThis week we are kicking off a new adventure in the TERM division by publishing a blog! We aim to provide more information to our customers about not just our company and products, but also interesting details about pests and insect exclusion.

I’d like to start this series by talking a little bit about our company.

Polyguard Products, Inc. was founded in 1953 in Oklahoma by Robert Nee and Frank McNulty. Polyguard moved to Ennis, Texas in 1978. John (current CEO) and Kathy Muncaster purchased Polyguard in 1986. In 1987, John and Kathy decided to allow the employees to directly benefit from their hard work by offering all of the employees an opportunity to be part of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). In December 2014, the company became 100% ESOP owned. Wow!

Polyguard Produts

Polyguard Products specializes in materials that protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water and other undesired substances. Polyguard is currently operating under three core divisions with a number of growing divisions under the Polyguard umbrella.

Think of Polyguard as an innovator and manufacturer of barriers – not just barriers against moisture and corrosion, but against contaminants like radioactive radon gas and methane.

The TERM Barrier Systems Division of Polyguard Products specializes in developing sustainable pest barriers, without the use of pesticides. TERM means Termites, Energy, Radon & Moisture prevention in one building envelope solution.

Consider this……

Good engineering minimizes building movement, but structures are not engineered to eliminate the miniscule openings created by construction and nature.

Why not upgrade the building envelope to seal off almost all pest entry points and accommodate the small movements of the building components?

Polyguard has manufactured building envelope materials for sealing out water, and for sealing in energy, since 1970.  Now, we are upgrading our building envelope materials to exclude pests using three basic barrier materials.

TERM Sealant BarrierTERM Sealant BarrierThe concept of building to exclude pests starts with TERM Sealant Barrier. Not only will the TERM® Sealant Barrier serve as the waterproofing and air barrier, but testing at multiple universities have shown that it will also protect against the intrusion of termites. TERM® Sealant Barrier is elastomeric and can accommodate building movements while maintaining the barrier. There are eleven products in the TERM® Barrier System that incorporate sealant, including the TERM Membrane Barriers.

 

TERM MicromeshTERM Micromesh screens are used in areas of the structure where venting and draining is necessary. Screens have been used worldwide for more than 25 years to exclude termites. Polyguard manufactures screens that are specifically sized to block, not only termites, but many other pests, as well.

 

The TERM Particle Barrier is made up of a specifically-sized aggregate stone. When TERM Particle Barrierapplied to the perimeter of a structure’s foundation and in the bath trap areas, termites are physically blocked from tunneling to the structure. TERM® Particle Barrier is not a new concept, as particle barriers have been used Australia, Hawaii, and other parts of the world for many years. However, Polyguard has developed a product that is available and effective in the United States against subterranean termites. By working with engineers and entomologists, Polyguard has created a particle barrier product of specific sizes, stone angularities, and packed interstitial space.

 

The best part? All of TERM’s products are free of pesticides!

This means that they are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as devices. The TERM® Barrier System is the first non-pesticide overall pest protection for new construction and has options as a non-pesticide termite treatment for existing construction.

I hope this introduction has given you a more in-depth look at what we do in Ennis, Texas. We have a fabulous team that goes above and beyond to complete projects.

Jill Heidorf

Jill Heidorf is our Sales Manager. Located in McKinney, Texas, and may be reached at jheidorf@polyguard.com.

Holly Beard

Holly Beard is our Technical Sales Associate located in Orlando, Florida. She may be reached at hbeard@polyguard.com.

Cassie Krejci

Of course, my name is Cassie Krejci, in College Station, Texas, and I can be reached at ckrejci@polyguard.com.

Thanks for reading this week and we look forward to creating bi-monthly posts!

Polyguard Donates $5K to Corsicana Boys and Girls Club

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2017 donation of $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Corsicana, Texas.

The Boys and Girls Club of Corsicana is Polyguard’s charity of choice in Corsicana for 2017. In addition, Polyguard employee and Corsicana resident Erin Tackett has joined the group’s board of directors.

“The Boys and Girls Club meets Polyguard’s goal of donating funds to support programs that further education and help children in the communities in which we work,” Tre Bischof, Polyguard’s Director of Marketing, said. “We are excited about the wonderful facility and worthwhile programs at the Corsicana club and we look forward to seeing the club’s members flourish under the guidance and tutelage of the amazing staff in Corsicana.”

News - Boys and Girls Club 3-2-17

Polyguard Products, Inc donates $5k to Corsicana Boys & Girls Club March 2017

“Familiarizing the Unfamiliar” by Luc Perrad

WP-2-2017World Pipelines article February 2017 discusses how non-shielding coating is being introduced into the European and African pipeline markets.

While the differentiation can shock those who are familiar with standardization, it is the key to innovation. If manufacturers are not innovating, they are merely competing in a commoditised market on pricing. Eventually, in may cases, quality decreases as price takes over as a dominant factor. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that a differentiated coating system can be more advanced in its design.

Polyguard specializes in products that protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water and other undesired substances., In 1998, Polyguard's pipeline division introduced the Polyguard RD-6® pipeline coating to the US market. It is the first pipeline coating to address the problem of cathodic protection (CP) shielding and is a wrapping material that comprises a continuous layer of cold-flowable rubberized bitumen, bonded to a non-elastic polypropylene mesh backing.

While RD-6 coating has been, and still is, successfully used in the North American market, it is now also available worldwide. Since 2014, RD-6 has been being introduced into the Western European market along with key countries in Africa.

Introducing RD-6 to these markets has been particularly challenging because they are driven by European and ISO standards. These standards refer primarily to polyethylene (PE) materials, which the RD-6 coating does not contain.

The German Deutsches Institute for Normung (DIN) was one of the first organizations to publish standards in Europe. In 1975, DIN was made the national normalization institute to represent German interests at European and international levels. Its standards, such as DIN 30670 for main line coatings and DIN 30672 for field applied coatings, are specifically fit for extruded PE and cold or hot applied PE tapes and shrinkable materials.

The European Committee for Standardization publishes European norms (EN). For field applied coatings, EN12068 (published in August 1998) is largely based on the requirements of DIN 30672. Similar to DIN 30672, EN12068 standard fits perfectly for PE materials.

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TERM® Barrier Systems Become GreenPro Partner

ENNIS, TX – TERM Barrier Systems by Polyguard Products Inc. is now a GreenPro Partner.

The National Pest Management Association’s GreenPro program is the world’s largest and most credible green certification program for pest management professionals. GreenPro recognizes companies within the pest management industry that are committed to providing commercial and residential customers with reduced risk, comprehensive, and effective pest control services.

The GreenPro Partner designation allows the TERM Barrier System to be used as a tool by builders, architects, and QualityPro certified Pest Management Professionals in a pest prevention strategy. For more information on the TERM Barrier System and ways in which it may be integrated into a GreenPro program, please visit www.polyguardbarriers.com.

Founded in 1953, Polyguard produces materials to protect buildings from moisture, corrosion, and energy leaks. Polyguard’s TERM Barriers, the latest innovation, means that buildings can have insect exclusion added to the moisture, corrosion, and energy leak protection. Polyguard is 100% employee owned, and has generated 24 successive years of sales increases since 1992. [Read More...]

Plastics help keep termites out of the New American Home

Plastics help keep termites out of the New American Home

TERM Barrier keeps termited out of the New American HomeOrlando, Fla. - Walk inside the New American Home (TNAH) 2017 and a couple steps beyond the entry area you find yourself outside again...

Polyguard CEO John Muncaster said the wrap, which was developed with entomologists at Texas A&M University, has a thick polyethylene backing to keep bugs, particularly termites, at bay. The top layer is made of a polypropylene fabric so concrete can bond with the fibers if it’s used as a barrier for the underslab, which is a common entry point for subterranean termites. A proprietary sealant is used to hold the plastic fiber and film together.

“This has been tested long term in the lab and in the field and it resists termites,” Muncaster said. “We don’t why. We don’t know everything about what makes them tick.”

The combination of the sealant and two plastics simply can’t be penetrated by voracious-eating termites. The three materials seem to have sound-deadening qualities for the insects, and that could be factor, Muncaster said, or it could be related to the barrier’s odor and moisture control.

“We’re putting the house in a sealant bag, really,” he said. “Not only the bottom, where so many insects come in, but up the walls at the seams there can be openings. Our goal is to seal all gaps wherever possible. You can almost keep all insects out.”

In new construction, if incorporated into the design stage, the Term system can seal plumbing openings, bath traps, base flashing, window flashing, vent holes, flooring underlayment and joints in addition to foundation and underslab barriers. No system can keep out every bug, but this one comes close, Muncaster said.

In remodeled houses, the Term system can protect sill plates, seam and window flashing, underlayments for replaced floors, and more if it’s a major renovation.

“We think it has the potential to take sustainable construction up another level and help people live better and more comfortably,” Muncaster said, noting that water and energy conservation have long been goals of green builders. “We’ve got something new. I don’t think anybody in America has ever taken a systems look at construction to exclude insects and other pests. That’s what we’re doing.”

Polyguard’s barrier system also was used at the 4,631-square-foot the New American Remodeled Home (TNARH), which NAHB did this year for the first time since 2007. It’s in the same gated community. [read more...]

Polyguard Records 24th Consecutive Year of Sales Growth

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products Inc. announced that 2016 will mark its 24th consecutive year of top line sales growth for the company.

“Polyguard’s 24-year string of top line sales growth increases was certainly not a goal,” CEO John Muncaster said. “It started in 1992, and at that point Polyguard was just trying to survive the early 1990s recession and the fire which has destroyed our plant, lab, and offices two years before.”

“We don’t know of any firm who can match this 24-year string of consecutive sales growth. As to ‘why’, the answer is clear to us. Polyguard’s tagline is ‘innovation based…. employee owned…. expect more’. Our constant stream of innovative products, and our ‘above and beyond’ employee owners, are the reasons for the constant growth.”

Muncaster said Polyguard is looking forward to hitting a landmark by increasing sales yet again in 2017.

“A string of increases in sales growth may not have been a Polyguard goal in 1992, but it is a goal in 2017, because a 2017 increase will give us a full quarter century of consecutive sales growth.”

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production of self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. [Read More…]

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Reminder: Mechanical Products Price Increase Took Effect on 1-1-17

MECHANICAL PRODUCTS PRICE INCREASE EFFECTIVE 1-1-17
Polyguard’s Mechanical Division sent a letter in mid November announcing a price increase scheduled to go into effect on 1/1/2017 to include the following products; all increases will be 5%.

  • Alumaguard Family
  • Insulrap Family
  • ZeroPerm & ZeroPerm Tapes
  • VaporGuard
  • Some Assorted Accessories

Increases will be included in work-in-progress projects which were bid with escalation.

We appreciate your support of Polyguard Products and look forward to continued success in 2017.

Tinted Adhesive Enhancement to Alumaguard® All-Weather

Since its introduction, Alumaguard® All-Weather has been widely accepted for its ease of use in cold weather applications and sales continue to grow as more and more end users become aware of its benefits.

With that in mind we will introduce a product improvement in the first quarter of 2017 which is designed to improve our manufacturing reliability and also offer the end user assurance that the final product has an adequate adhesive layer.

As you know the current product is constructed with a metalized polyester film coated with clear acrylic adhesive and a clear polyester release liner. So when you view the side of the product that adheres to the substrate, you see a shiny foil surface. You cannot see the clear acrylic adhesive or the clear polyester release liner. Beginning in the early first quarter, we will be tinting the adhesive a pink color so that when you view the underside of the membrane, it will appear pink.

Tinting the adhesive will in no way change the performance of the adhesive but it will help minimize manufacturing errors and it will provide the end user assurance that the membrane has the proper adhesive coating if the pink color appears uniform and consistent throughout.

We intend to use all of our existing raw materials before switching to the tinted adhesive and expect the transition to begin in mid-to late January 2017.

Thank you for your support of Alumaguard® products. [Read more…]