Pipeline Division Unwraps IRO HD

ENNIS, TX –

Staying true to its “Innovation Based” heritage Polyguard has introduced a Heavy Duty extension of their IRO (Impact Resistant Outerwrap) product – patent number 8522827 or best known as Polyguard IRO HD. This new addition to the Polyguard Pipeline portfolio will have a darker color, almost black, as opposed to the white coloring of its predecessor.

Both the IRO and IRO HD are Fiber-Reinforced Composite Mechanical Protection Systems that provide superior mechanical protection, eliminating coating damage to field joints on directionally drilled pipelines, boring, or areas where severe backfill conditions are present. Being moisture cured, no UV light or heating is required.

Polyguard IRO has also been proven to work in conjunction with a cathodic protection (CP) system so it can be utilized in accordance with DOT and PHMSA codes. However, the key benefit that sets these products apart is their ability to be applied over coatings such as RD-6, Fusion Bond Epoxy (FBE), liquid epoxies, or any other coatings.

The simple application of this system with controlled set times allows for speedy coating protection and backfill while also giving the most effective results of any IRO or ARO in the market. Having this IRO allows pipeline operators to apply girth weld coatings at their ideal thickness to achieve the best performance with their corrosion barrier, rather than increasing those thicknesses and losing properties such as flexibility or impact resistance. Traditional coatings are not ideal for uneven surfaces that will be installed by manners as harsh as horizontal directional drilling. By using a composite material which incorporates fibers you can improve flexibility, gouge, and abrasion resistance all while maintaining the effectiveness of the resin. This system should be utilized as a protective layer for all field joints that are installed by a trenchless method and will or could potentially impact a high consequence area (HCA) such as a road, building, populated area, or a body of water.

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. [Link to Press Release]

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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.

Tre Bischof promoted to Assistant Manager – Pipeline Division

Polyguard is proud to announce the promotion of Tre Bischof to the Assistant Division Manager of Polyguard’s Pipeline Division.  The move takes him from Polyguard’s headquarters in Ennis, Texas where Tre served as Polyguard’s Marketing Director to the Pipeline Division Headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Over the last four years, Bischof has been essential in elevating Polyguard’s brand and its nine different divisions.  The intricate knowledge he has gained is invaluable.  According to Polyguard President, Shawn Eastham, “it was a win-win situation for both the company and Tre.  From the first day Tre arrived at Polyguard I knew he was going to catapult to the highest levels of the company.  His drive, focus and desire to make Polyguard a great place to work is what we’re all about.”

Having grown up in Lousiana, the move allows Tre to be closer to family and the Cajun cooking he enjoys so well.

His duties as Assistant Division Manager include overseeing the sales, training, strategic planning, and growth of the division.  Tre will work hand in hand with veteran Division Manager Chic Hughes who has over 40 years experience in the Pipeline industry.

Tre came to Polyguard from the Ennis Daily News where he was the Publisher.  After 6 years of overseeing the fast-paced duties of a newspaper editor, he was persuaded to bring his expertise to Polyguard.

Polyguard Unrolls Latest Innovation: RD-6® UVO Overcoat

ENNIS, TX

With forward thinking at its core, Polyguard Products has announced the introduction of RD-6® UVO overcoat. This is a single component, low VOC UV resistant, water-based liquid coating that is highly resistant to the damaging effects of harmful UV light rays.

This new overcoat is used to protect Polyguard’s highly effective and popular RD-6® anti-corrosion coating from UV rays when it’s used for above ground pipeline field joint girth welds, valves, fittings, and FBE coated pipe. Polyguard conducted in-depth research and saw that direct exposure to sunlight could result in degradation of the RD-6 product. The result was adding this new product to ensure maximum stability.

This is an environmentally friendly, moisture resistant product that has excellent adhesion characteristics resulting in fast touch, drying and cure times. Although designed for RD-6 the RD-6 UVO overcoat can be applied over multiple coating types such as FBE or other epoxies.

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. [link to Press Release]

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 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

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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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…]

Polyguard Launches New Website

Polyguard OfficeJune 28, 2015 ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. CEO John Muncaster announced this week the launch of a new, redesigned website for the company.

The address for the site remains www.polyguardproducts.com and the new site provides a modern look along with a mobile‐friendly version that’s also user‐friendly.

“Polyguard has grown significantly in recent years and we felt we needed to upgrade our website in a manner that would reflect that growth,” Muncaster said. “This new site has a traditional look to it that we feel represents our company very well. The website platform also allows for continuous
improvement of its features.”

Polyguard’s website upgrade follows an upgrade of its Architectural Division website made in late 2014.
The most recent upgrade also includes a redesign of Polyguard’s Pipeline Division.

Features of the new site include product pages, with easy‐to‐find documents about each product on
those pages, a more powerful search feature, as well as links to Polyguard’s social media sites. In the
near future, Polyguard will upgrade its Mechanical Division, International Division, TERM Barrier Division
and Residential Division pages. [Read More]

May 2015 World Pipelines “Testing Coating Performance”

World Pipeline May 2015May 2015 – World Pipelines
TESTING COATING PERFORMANCE

Luc Perrad, Expartech and Polyguard Products representative in Brussels, Belgium, compares the performance of heat-shrinkable coatings and polymeric tape coatings according to ISO21809-3 and EN12068. The international standard ISO21809-3 (edited in December 2008) is largely used today as a reference for the major pipeline operators (oil, gas and water companies). The standard describes 9 filed joint coatings systems and includes the required performances for each system: 1) Bituminous, petrolatum, wax and polymeric tape coating. 2) Heat-shrinkable coatings 3) Fusion bond epoxy (FBE) powder coatings. 4) Liquid coatings. 5) Polyolefin-based coatings. 6) Thermal spray aluminum (TSA) coatings, 7) Hot applied microcrystalline wax coatings. 8) Elastomeric coatings. 9) Non-crystalline low viscosity polyolefin tapes. Even though polymeric based mesh coatings like Polyguard RD-6 have successfully been used since 1988 and are included in many reference standards like NACE standard SP)169-2009 (Control of External Corrosion on Underground or Submerged Metallic Piping Systems), they are not listed in ISO21809-3. [Read More…]