Polyguard Records 25th Consecutive Year of Sales Growth

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products Inc. announced this week that 2017 marked its 25th consecutive year of top line sales growth for the company.

“This streak rivals any that I know in the business world,” President Shawn Eastham said. “This is a credit to our diversity, the quality of our manufacturing practices and, most importantly, the employee owners who take so much pride in the work they do every day.”

Polyguard’s streak began in 1992 and has withstood the financial ups and downs of the various markets Polyguard serves, including several nationwide recessions. The leadership in place at Polyguard credits this to several factors that make Polyguard a unique company, highlighted in the company tagline: Employee Owned. Innovation Based. Expect More.

“Employee owners, historically, take a greater sense of pride in what they do, more responsibility for the overall health of the company, and there’s a system of checks and balances that keeps everyone working for the good of the entire company,” CEO John Muncaster, who has been the head of the company since the mid-1980s.

As a result of these increased sales, Polyguard more than doubled its manufacturing capabilities by moving the majority of its manufacturing facility to Corsicana, Texas to keep up with demand.

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.

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Polyguard Featured by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Polyguard Products Inc. was recently featured in a video and online profile by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Faces of Trade Program.

The profile and video can be found online at http://tradeworksforus.com/faces/polyguard/ .

Polyguard’s International Business Development Manager Nate Muncaster spoke about Polyguard’s employee ownership, various global markets and the impact US trade policies have on the business.

Faces of Trade is a program created by the US Chamber to highlight the businesses behind trade in America.

“Half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on exports, one in three acres on American farms is planted for international sales, and 49 out of every 50 U.S. companies that ship to other countries are small businesses,” the US Chamber says on its Faces of Trade website. “But for too long, it has been hard to identify the everyday workers, farmers, and entrepreneurs whose livelihoods depend on trade - until now.”

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 self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. Polyguard is also a 100% employee-owned ESOP with 25 consecutive years of sales growth. [Read more...]

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“Changing Paths in Latin America” | World Pipelines

September 2017 – “Changing Paths in Latin America” World Pipelines by Ana Cervantes, Polyguard, USA, describes how some companies in Latin America are changing the way they approach rehabilitation and field joint coatings.

The initial reaction of most of the oil and gas industry in Latin America to the lower price market conditions was to delay the construction of important new pipeline projects. In the meantime, integrity management programmers (IMP) for existing pipeline infrastructure must be continued.

Corrosion control, typical failures – The basis of the corrosion control strategy for buried steel pipes is to prevent electrolytes from reaching the steel surface by installing a coating that acts not just as a physical barrier between the electrolyte and the steel surface, but is also capable of remaining bonded tot he metal with high adhesion. Over time, a pipeline might experience the consequences of substandard conditions, so a cathodic protection (CP) system must be installed to the pipeline to prevent a corrosion reaction from occurring. If the coating fails and the CP does not prevent a corrosion reaction, the pipeline will be in danger of experiencing stress corrosion cracking (SCC), consequently leading to loss of wall thickness. [read more…]

 

Polyguard Earns 1st Place in National Video Contest

ENNIS, TX – The National Center for Employee Ownership announced Polyguard Products Inc. was the winner of its inaugural video contest earlier this month at its annual conference in Denver. The purpose of the video contest, open to all Employee Stock Ownership Plan companies throughout the nation, was to highlight the benefits of employee ownership and focus on the culture behind what makes those companies so unique.

“We’re proud of our culture of employee ownership and it’s great to be recognized by our peers as a first-rate ESOP Company,” said President Shawn Eastham, who was in attendance for the announcement. “We pride ourselves in hiring the best of the best, and this further exemplifies the talent level of our employee owners.”

Polyguard employee owners Cecilio Acosta and Emily Abrams were the directors on this year’s video project which can be found on YouTube by searching Polyguard as well as on the www.polyguard.com website.

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 self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. Polyguard is also a 100% employee-owned ESOP with 24 consecutive years of sales growth.

The NCEO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership and research organization with over 3,000 members that was founded in 1981 to provide most objective and reliable information possible on employee ownership.

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“Expansion Against Headwings” | World Pipelines

16 March 2017 – “Expansion Against Headwings” | World Pipelines

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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/

“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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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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World Pipelines article “Shielding From Failure”

World Pipelines 2016 "Shielding From Failure"September 2016 - Nathan Muncaster discusses the phenomenon of Cathodic Shielding.

In 2015, NACE formed a new task group - TG523 - the role of which was to clarify and define the mechanisms that cause pipeline coatings to shield cathodic protection (CP), and to enhance the industry's understanding of the topic.

Whether or not a pipeline coating shields CP is determined by the following: during the coating's failure mode, CP currents are unable to reach the substrate adequately. This is shielding the CP. Through this seems straight forward, the particulars of how this occurs can vary depending on materials. A common misunderstanding is to link the shielding of CP to proper electrical insulation, which is a different topic.  [read more...]

World Pipelines – Coatings & Corrosion 2015

Cathodic disbondment or self-healing?World Pipelines – Coatings & Corrosion 2015 – Cathodic Disbondment or self-healing? Nathan Muncaster, Polyguard Products, USA, and Luc Perrad, Expartech, Belgium, discuss cathodic disbondment testing and its importance within the industry. By definition, cathodic disbondment is the loss of adhesion between a coating and its metal substrate, due to cathodic chemical reactions that take place in the interface of steel and coating. In cathodic protection system, current passing through the metal frees hydrogen gas and oxidative molecules like chlorine and hypochlorite-ions, causing coating disbondment. This current passes only through the metal exposed to the electrolyte where the coating is in default. The current flow amount depends on the size of the coating fault. If the size of the fault increases, the current increases, causing more cathodic disbondment. If there is no coating fault, then cathodic disbondment does not occur. [Read More…]

June 2015 Polyguard Products article featured in InnovOil Magazine “RD-6: When is a tape not a tape?”

June 2015
Polyguard Products article featured in InnovOil Magazine
“RD-6: When is a tape not a tape?” by Nate Muncaster

InnovOil 6-2015 "RD-6: When is a tape not a tape"In terms of modern pipeline protection, “tape” has very negative connotations . It is associated with failure as a result of disbonding, wrinkling and shielding on cathodic protection, all of which can occur once the tape has lost its adhesion to the surface. In the US market, multi-layer polyethylene tapes have more or less been dead technology for decades, now used by only small fringe of the industry.

In response, Polyguard developed the RD-6® Coating System – the “tape that is not a tape” – in the late 1980s. It differentiates itself from older tape in its application and performance, offering far superior adhesion and added resistance to elongation – a customized polypropylene mesh means it will resist wrinkling from soil stress. The coating is a self-healing, one-layer system which can be applied faster and more simply – it doesn’t need time to cure – than multi-layer tape systems. [Read more…]