Mechanical Division – Pallet Configuration Changes

To: All Polyguard Mechanical Division Customers

Date: March 11, 2019

Subject: Changing Pallet Configuration

Over the next 60 to 90 days, we will be transitioning to new pallet configurations for our Mechanical Division Alumaguard, Insulrap and Zero Perm roll products. Roll products that currently ship as 36 roll pallets will be reduced to 30-roll pallets. Pre-paid freight requirements currently set at 2 pallets of 36 rolls (72 rolls) will now be 2 pallets of 30 rolls (60 rolls). Alumaguard All-Weather which currently ships as one pallet of 36 rolls prepaid will now ship as a 30-roll pallet pre-paid.

We're making these changes for two primary reasons: safety in stacking pallets in racks and better protection of the boxes to minimize damage in shipping.

Attached to this letter are photos of new pallet configurations for Insulrap 50 and Alumaguard All-Weather, as examples. You'll note that we will no longer put rows of rolls perpendicular to the previous row. Our box supplier indicated to us that rolls should be stacked and parallel to each other to maximize box strength. Reducing rolls per pallet to 30 significantly reduces the weight of the pallet; allows us to use a slightly smaller pallet; makes the pallets easier and safer to handle and stack in racks; and minimizes damage during transit.

We ask for your help in this transition. We currently have stock levels on our floor of various products in 36 roll pallets. We will no longer make any product for stock in a 36-roll pallet, but it will take us some time to work through the 36-roll pallets we have in inventory. It's unlikely we will be shipping any 30-roll pallets before the middle of April, but we would ask for your patience. Please continue to order based on 36-roll pallets until Customer Service alerts you that 36-roll pallets are no longer available. We apologize in advance if you need to change your PO at that time but once a product is converted to 30 roll pallets, it will be permanent.

At Polyguard, we continue to strive to offer high quality, innovative products and world-class customer service. That includes how we package our products and safety in handling our products both in our plant and your warehouse. We hope you see this change as a positive.

Tony Garone, Marketing Director, TGarone@Polyguard.com
Nate Brink, Sales Director, NBrink@Polyguard.com

Mechanical Division

Incl. (Photos)

My First Blog Post

Submitted by: Bo Young, Commercial Development Manager – Barrier Systems Division

Have you ever written a BLOG?

Well, I haven’t…this is my first attempt at blogging so hang with me. I’ll admit it’s a lot harder than is sounds. In fact, I had a case of “BLOGGERS BLOCK.” So, I turned to an expert. “Alexa, how do I write A BLOG?” Unfortunately, she wasn’t a lot of help. Why wasn’t this making any sense? Then it dawned on me why I had #BLOGBLOCK. I’m a Baby Boomer.

We didn’t grow up with blogs, or Smart Phones…and don’t get me started on those meme things. We had a phone in the kitchen, with a tangled ball of CORD that unwound itself long enough to stretch into the den for some privacy. It was a great feature when you were talking to someone that had “Friended” you at school. But the whole house could hear every word, and they listened. That was the topic of several therapy sessions.

Don’t get me wrong, progress is great. I acknowledge that as I sit in my jammies with my laptop Googling blogging – instead of getting in the car, popping in my favorite 8-track and driving to the big brick building with the words LIBRARY on the front.

I diligently continued my internet research until I found enough information to help me get started. One writing tip was to NOT let your blog “get fat.” Apparently, fat becomes the enemy of writing: Don’t aim to entertain by calling attention to itself. This theory should be relevant to Architects and Builders reading this; you don’t look at a beautiful building and just admire its nice roof, you look at it and admire all the little things that go into the entirety of the structure.

It’s a shame that some people don’t pay attention to the details. At TERM we appreciate that the Devil’s in the details. That’s because we understand what our details accomplish and the impact we have been having on buildings way before video chats, and Twitter. For over 60 years we’ve been manufacturing products that allow beautiful structures to remain beautiful.

Think for a minute what might happen if your structure could not depend on the important construction details Polyguard provides…like air & moisture barriers, TERM underlayments & foundation barriers, below grade waterproofing, window and door flashing. We know that before Unlimited Data Plans there was Polyguard, in all its deserved glory, manufacturing products that have established the groundwork for beautiful homes and buildings everywhere. I really don’t consider that fat; I consider that something to be extremely proud to be a part of…I know I am.

Whew…first blog box checked ?

First blog box checked!

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]

# # #

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 PipelineTre Bischof - Assistant Manager - Pipeline Division 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.

The Building Maker by David Leslie, RWC

September 2018 issue of RCI Interface magazine features an article by David Leslie, Polyguard’s Director of Technical Services & Product Management of the Architectural Division. His experience includes product development, contracting, and consulting. His 30 years of experience have provided him with a unique insight into numerous aspects of the building envelope. He is a published author, public speaker, expert witness, and holder of multiple patent applications. It is his core belief that there is no good reason for a building to leak, and he has devoted much of his career to keeping people dry. Find out why the Design/Bid/Build system does not work. [Click here for the full RCI article].

Air & Vapor Barrier Membranes that are 3-in-1

Submitted by Jill Heidorf   RCI, CSI, WWYWJill Heidorf 

We live in a world of “More is Better.”

When did simple products like paint, toothpaste, detergent, or deodorant, start to have multi uses? Think about it, practically everything on the shelf now has a dual, triple or even higher purpose for our convenience.  But you have to admit, you feel better when you buy a gallon of paint for the living room, and you don’t need to prime the walls first to cover the old color. And what about a detergent that fights stains, odors and safely whitens clothing, all in a squishy little pod. Wow, we have it good.

This innovation trend hasn’t escaped the Building Materials Industry. I’ve been in the business all my life, and I have marveled at how it has evolved. I remember when fluid-applied air barriers first hit the market. Before you knew it, the market became saturated with fluid membranes that were thin or thick mil, breathable or non-breathable, commercial or residential. It was confusing and a red-ocean market for anyone trying to sell an air barrier.

Well, my friend, Air Barriers are here to stay. They are the answer to the age-old problem of “How do I keep the outside air out and the inside air in?” Most products on the market are tested to ASTM standards for air and water leakage and puncture resistance. That makes sense, after all, they need to stay adhered and provide the function they are labeled for, “Air & Vapor Barrier.” But Mr. Air Barrier Maker what have you done for me lately? I mean, it is a great product, offering protection from outside air and vapor, but can’t it evolve into something greater? Where is my “multi-use” air barrier? Something that can keep all of it out; air, moisture, pests, nasty things that crawl and chew. If we can keep out all these things out, that would be a product that could revolutionize the industry.

Customers don’t just want waterproofing protection anymore; they want a product that can provide the added benefits of pest exclusion. Why should they accept that spiders, cockroaches, ants, mice, termites, (shall I continue?) be able to find ways into their structure if they have a decent Air & Vapor Barrier installed?

Air Barriers providing 3-in-1 benefits are going to be the next product innovation, and guess what? That product is already here. Customers are pretty educated; they are going to start asking if the Air & Vapor Barrier that their contractor specified has been tested to keep out pesky critters that can chew, bite or simply crawl their way inside.

More is better. It’s time to evolve my friend.

New Employee-Owner Announcement

Polyguard would like to welcome Bruce Jones, Maintenance – Corsicana. Bruce was hired on September 5, 2018. His previousBruce Jones New Hire 9-5-18 experience was hotel maintenance where he had on the job training. Bruce lives in Purdon, TX with his wife Cathy and son Cody. Outside of work, he enjoys training horses and ranching. His plans for Polyguard’s future is to “learn all I can about the company”. Welcome to the crew, Bruce.

New Employee-Owner Announcement

Polyguard would like to welcome Craig Bo Young, TERM Commercial Development Manager, Atlanta, GA. Bo was Craig Bo Young - New Hire 8-27-18hired into the TERM Division as their Commercial Development Manager on August 27, 2018. His recent experience of more than 30 years with Modernfold, Pergo and Armstrong make him an excellent candidate for this position. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife. His plans for Polyguard’s future are to “grow sales volume”. Welcome Bo.

New Employee Announcement

Polyguard would like to welcome Al Marino, Shipping and Receiving, Corsicana – Al was hired on August 6, 2018. HisAl Marino New Hire 8-6-18 previous experience was a production tech at JTEK in Ennis. Al lives in Corsicana with his wife Veronica, 1 child, Baylie a 3-1/2 year old Boxer. Outside of work, Al enjoys working in the yard. His plans for Polyguard’s future is to “Do my best as a team member” Welcome to the Polyguard family Al.

Polyguard Announces New Employee-Owner – Larry Prewitt

ENNIS, TX –

 Larry Prewitt

Polyguard is proud to announce that we have added a new employee-owner. Larry Prewitt has accepted the position as our Production Manager and will be joining the Polyguard family in the Corsicana location. Larry has the experience, passion and personality to help us get to our 100 million dollar goal and beyond.

Larry is coming to us from Polyglass USA in Waco where he was the Plant Manager leading and overseeing startup operations.

Prior to that he worked for TAMKO in a variety of roles including Facility Manager, Process Engineer, and Safety Manager.

Larry is a graduate of Texas A&M, a veteran of the US Navy, has a Masters in Science in Engineering Systems Management, and is Six Sigma Black belt Certified.

We look forward to Larry and his family joining Polyguard team. When you see him please be sure to welcome him aboard.

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.

# # #

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.