Polyguard announces new addition to Mechanical Division

ENNIS, TX –

Karen Zambrano promotion 6-18-18

Polyguard has announced the promotion of Karen Zambrano to Associate Engineering Specialist for the Mechanical Division. Karen’s primary responsibilities will be supporting Polyguard’s specification effort targeting the engineering community; attending job installations; assisting customers with technical inquires; and introducing Mechanical products throughout the Southern Region and other strategic opportunities in North America.

This new position will help support the growth Polyguard’s Mechanical Division has enjoyed over the last five years.

Karen joined Polyguard in 2016 working as Executive Assistant for the CEO and President. In her time at Polyguard, Karen has shown an ability to master new skills and a willingness to tackle unfamiliar tasks to achieve personal growth and help the company. Karen is most recognized for taking the initiative to learn different aspects of the manufacturing business while completing a wide-range of corporate, manufacturing and sales tasks.

Karen has both a BAAS degree from the College of Science & Engineering and Master of Science in Management degree from the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Karen will be working under both Co-Division Managers Nate Brink and Tony Garone. Tony stated that “Karen’s strong interpersonal skills, ability to adapt to changes, being a team player and helpful attitude made her a perfect candidate for us.” The Mechanical Division specializes in anti-corrosion, vapor barriers, weatherproofing jackets and insulation products for different mechanical systems in various industries.

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.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact JC Cody at 214-515-5000 or email at Jcody@polyguard.com.

Karen Zambrano News Release 6-18-18.

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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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tre Bischof at 214-515-5000 or email at Tbischof@polyguardproducts.com.

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Polyguard Announces Promotions in Mechanical Division

Effective September 1, 2017, Tony Garone and Nate Brink have been named co-division managers for the Mechanical Division of Polyguard Products, Inc.

After 30 years in the industry, Patrick Dunn, who has served as Vice President of the Mechanical Products since 1998, has decided to retire. He will remain with Polyguard during 14-month Phased Management Succession ending in October of 2018 and will serve as a technical consultant beginning in late 2018.

“Tony and Nate have done an excellent job during their time with Polyguard’s Mechanical Division and we look forward to continuing the success and expansion we enjoyed during Patrick’s time leading the division,” President Shawn Eastham said. “Patrick has been a valuable member of our team and is a major reason why we’ve enjoyed 24 consecutive years of sales growth.”

Tony Garone has been with Polyguard since 2009 and has over 35 years of industry experience. Tony will manage the administrative aspects of the division.

Nate Brink has been with Polyguard since 2010 and has 15 years of industry experience. Nate will take over sales/technical management responsibilities.

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. [read more…]

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tre Bischof at 214-515-5000 or email at Tbischof@polyguard.com.

Phenolic Insulation

Polyguard PolyPhen® Insulation as featured at IEEE GlobalSpec – Engineering 360 Direct:

Phenolic Insulation – A Wise Choice For Chilled Water Piping

PolyPhen Phenolic Insulation

Chilled Water Systems: The Basics

Cool water is circulated to an electric chiller that lowers water temperature to around 45ºF or less. The chilled water is pumped to an air handling unit, where it captures ambient heat and disperses cool air. Large commercial and industrial systems may feature chillers weighing several hundred tons and a vast network of piping. By equipping each room with its own air handler, each area of a large building can be precisely cooled using a single chilled water system.

What is Phenolic Insulation?

Phenolic insulation for use in chilled water applications is produced in large buns. These buns are cut by insulation fabricators using automated computer profiling saws into pipe insulation sections to meet the required R value for a given project. Phenolic foam is a predominantly closed-cell material. Pairing closed-cell phenolic insulation with a good vapor barrier can result in a permeability rating of nearly 0.0, an ideal target for applications like chilled water where condensation is a concern.

Making Sense of Insulation Materials

The end result of these characteristics determine if a product is ideally suited to chilled pipe insulation. But every chilled water system varies, so when selecting insulation, a range of materials should be considered.

Thermo Resitance vs Vapor Permeablility Chart Graph

The chart above shows the balance between a material’s thermal resistance value (R=1/k, where k=thermal conductivity) and vapor permeability. High thermal resistance and low vapor permeability is desirable.

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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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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tre Bischof at 214-515-5000 or email at Tbischof@polyguard.com. [Read more...]

“Expansion Against Headwings” | World Pipelines

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

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/

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…]

Polyguard Introduces PolyPhen™ Insulation

PolyPhen™ Insulation by PolyguardMarch 2, 2016 ENNIS, TX – Patrick Dunn, Vice President of the Mechanical Products Division of Polyguard Products, is pleased to announce the introduction of PolyPhen™ Insulation into the Mechanical Insulation market.

PolyPhen has an excellent K value (.15k) and a 0,0 rating on ASTM E84; the base 2.5# closed cell foam density insulation will be orange in color.

The product will be available for shipping in March of 2016.

“Polyguard is continually looking to strengthen our commitment to the mechanical insulation industry with viable, innovative insulation products for our industry,” Dunn said.

The insulation will be available in four densities to fulfill all insulation and hanger location requirements.

For more information on PolyPhen, contact Patrick Dunn at pjd@polyguard.com. [Read More]