Polyguard Entomologist Elected to PCO Board

ENNIS, TX – Cassie KrejciCassie Krejci, Ph.D., a technical sales and research associate for Polyguard Products’ TERM Barrier Division was elected to the Pi Chi Omega Board of Directors during the National Pest Management Association’s annual Pest World Expo.

Pi Chi Omega is a national fraternity for pest control professionals, including entomologists, corporate technical directors, researchers and vertebrate pest specialists, among others. The fraternity was initiated in 1950 and is comprised of nearly 350 members, representing 38 states and four foreign countries.

“I learned about Pi Chi Omega during my time as a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University,” Krejci said. “My advisor, Dr. Roger Gold, urged me to apply for the fraternity’s annual scholarship. During college, I was active in Texas A&M student entomology club, as well as the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.”

A goal of Pi Chi Omega is attracting students and young professionals to its membership.

“As a member of the Pi Chi Omega Board of Directors, I aim to reach to groups we may not have reached in the past to drive our purpose of pest industry education,” she said. [read more…]

Lance Lee named as Polyguard’s Highway Division Manager

October 2016 – Please join me in congratulating Lance Lee on his promotion to Polyguard’s Highway Division Manager. Lance has 25 years’ experience in sales and distribution and has been with Polyguard since 2010. He most recently served as the Technical Manager for our Architectural Division, where he helped us modernize our technical documents and reorganize our technical service team. His efforts were instrumental in helping us land several large waterproofing projects including the new Viking’s stadium in Minnesota.

Lance’s new job scope will include P&L responsibility for Polyguard’s Highway Division and the day to day management of our key customers and independent rep network. Alan Berry will still be involved with Polyguard’s Highway Division and will continue to represent Polyguard in the State of Georgia, with key accounts in both Missouri and Colorado, and our Highway Private Label Business.

Lance will assume his new responsibilities effective immediately. His contact information is llee@polyguard.com or 615-406-3940. We are excited about our future and have made a strategic decision to add company resources to strengthen our Highway Division.

Additionally, Grant Hood is our Customer Service Representative assigned to assist our Highway Division customers. If you need assistance with an order, Grant can be contacted at (469) 334-4179 or sales@polyguard.com.

We appreciate doing business with you and strive to create a win/win situation with all of our customers. Feel free to contact me at (214) 515-5000 or at seastham@polyguard.com if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Shawn Eastham, President Polyguard Products, Inc.

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TERM® Insect Barriers to be Featured in Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2016) – Polyguard Products Inc. announces that its TERM Pest Barriers will be showcased in the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™ demonstration home at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, and will be available for in-person discovery tours for conference attendees on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6. The home will also be available nationwide via the online virtual tour beginning Oct. 5.

The Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, presented by Hanley Wood in partnership with KB Home (NYSE:KBH), BUILDER Magazine, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Virginia Tech, is designed to serve as an unprecedented time-travel look ahead to the years 2020 and 2050 as a way to bring new perspective and strategic scenario-planning opportunities to builders and consumers alike. The display at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo will boast vignettes that feature assemblies and systems, home tours, interactive educational features and a digital wall display. [read more...]

TPP in Real Life: Texas Medium-Sized Manufacturer Exports Products to over 30 Countries

Polyguard OfficePolyguard Products Inc. is an Ennis, Texas-based, 138-employee manufacturer that specializes in products that protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water and other substances. The company, which is 100 percent employee stock-owned, has experienced 24 consecutive years of unbroken sales expansion, dating all the way back to 1992.

Polyguard has received Presidential Export Achievement Awards in 2010 and 2014, success driven in large part by the company’s exports to about 30 countries of pipeline coatings for oil and gas-buried line maintenance and building products for high-value construction projects. Ten of these countries are in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with Vietnam currently the company’s largest market in the Asia-Pacific Region. Polyguard also ships products to Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, among other countries in the region.
I recently spoke to Nathan Muncaster, Polyguard’s Director of Global Business Development, who underscored the importance of strong free trade agreements for manufacturing companies like Polyguard. “Intellectual property protections and a predictable regulatory environment are critical for small- and medium-sized manufacturers like Polyguard that cannot maintain local production or offices outside of the United States. Trade agreements like the TPP strengthen the legal, intellectual property and regulatory environment in our trading partners, helping to boost exports that support manufacturing growth and jobs here in the United States.”

Muncaster went on to say, “We urge Congress to approve the TPP” – a sentiment shared by many manufacturers of all sizes throughout the United States.

With charts, graphs and political rhetoric flying around, it’s easy to forget the human aspect of trade: the many peoples’ lives that manufactured products touch, how far those products travel to reach customers around the world, and the jobs in the United States created and supported in the process. Polyguard’s story is one of the many trade stories that need to be shared as the debate over TPP continues.

Over the coming weeks, using this blog, we will highlight several of these stories that demonstrate the importance of free trade agreements, specifically the TPP for individual manufacturers in the United States and for their employees and communities. [...more]

Polyguard Welcomes 22 To Employee Ownership

Polyguard Employees Celebrate 29th Annual Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Dinner

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. recently held its 29th annual Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) dinner at Winding Brooks Event Venue where 22 new employees received their first account statement.

Polyguard’s ESOP is a broad-based ownership plan where employees become owners with no out-of-pocket contribution of their own. Polyguard is a 100 percent employee-owned ESOP and currently has two ESOP millionaires currently working with the company, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. An ESOP is a retirement plan which is in addition to the 401(k) and matching contribution already offered by the company. Its value is based on the stock price of the company, which is up 340 percent since 2010. This year’s ESOP contribution is roughly 20 percent of eligible employees’ salaries.

“Polyguard’s ESOP allows us to create a culture based on teamwork and pride,” Polyguard President Shawn Eastham said. “All the employees get a chance to share in the success of the company. Our employees act like owners because they are owners.”

Polyguard, with 23 consecutive years of sales growth, currently employees 12 owners who own 1 percent of more of the company and has over 100 total employee owners.

“Our financial performance has been really good the last few years, but I believe it will be even better in the years to come,” Eastham said. “Our strategic goal is to double the size of the company again by 2020 through acquisitions and organic growth, and we’re well on the way to making that goal a reality.”

Polyguard’s ESOP began in the mid-1980’s after John and Kathy Muncaster bought the company and wanted to build the type of culture where employees have a direct impact in not only their own personal success but also that of the company. [Read More…]

Poly Wall® Introduces Innovative Fluid Applied Technology to the LBM Market

Poly Wall® Blue Barrier™ Product Line

ENNIS, TX – Poly Wall® Building Solutions continues its push into the lumber and building materials market by introducing its line of fluid applied waterproofing technology called Blue Barrier™.

“Our line of fluid applied technology is an innovative and effective approach to helping contractors provide top quality waterproofing solutions,” Poly Wall® Business Development Manager Dan Thomas said. “As always, our goal is to get contractors on and off their projects quickly, and with no call backs.”

The Blue Barrier™ line of products includes:

  • Blue Barrier™ 2200 Joint Filler – a structural adhesive and detail sealant used to fill voids and seams and bond to dissimilar materials.
  • Blue Barrier™ 2300 Liquid Wrap – a spray‐applied, fully adhered, permeable, air and moisture building envelope protection membrane.
  • Blue Barrier™ 2400 Liquid Flashing – a liquid‐applied Window and Door Flashing.

For more information on Poly Wall’s new fluid applied waterproofing options, go to www.Poly-Wall.com

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Polyguard® Introduces Poly Wall® Brand to Market

PolyWall LogoMay 16, 2016 ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. has announced the introduction of Poly Wall® Building Solutions to the Lumber and Building Materials market and the launching of its new website www.poly-wall.com.

“We are excited to bring over 60 years of high-quality manufacturing of protective coatings to this channel,” Poly Wall Business Development Manager Dan Thomas said. “We stand behind our brand promise – Air and Moisture Stop Here – and look forward to bringing an expanded line of products to market this spring.”

Poly Wall’s brand launch includes a full line of four product families
• Traditional Window Flashing tapes – including options for cold-weather and UV exposed applications.
• Innovative fluid-applied technology for window and door flashings – Blue Barrier 2400.
• Innovative fluid-applied house wrapping technology – Blue Barrier 2300.
• And both a below grade sheet membrane and fluid-applied waterproofing system.
“Our Blue Barrier line of fluid-applied Blue Barrier products includes new technology that will change the way building protection is applied,” Thomas said. “These products are simple to install, to get contractors on and off the job site quickly with no call backs, and to provide years of building envelope performance.” [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]

Polyguard Purchases Corsicana, TX Building with Eyes on Expansion

Mar. 1, 2016 ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. announced that it has purchased a 380,000 square foot facility in Corsicana with plans to expand its manufacturing plant.

Polyguard plans to increase its production capabilities, and the new building, which more than doubles the company’s current building assets, and is in line with Polyguard’s long-term plans.

“We’ve enjoyed 23 consecutive years of top line sales growth and have outgrown our existing facility,” Polyguard President Shawn Eastham said. “The expansion of our manufacturing capacity and addition of new technology will help us maintain our leadership position of providing the highest quality products to the industries we serve.”

In 2015 alone, Polyguard increased its employee base by over 20 percent with plans to hire more companywide staff within the next two years. [Read More…]

Polyguard Donates To High School

Feb. 15, 2016

STEM 2016 - Polyguard donates to local high school programENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. has made a $5,000 donation to the Ennis High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students to help the group with the funding necessary to operate their club.

At Ennis High, STEM uses those core educational methods by combining them into developing practical solutions to starting a company, designing engineering practices and building a team concept. The local STEM team does this by racing remote controlled cars that can be modified within certain parameters to compete with other high schools across the state. [Read more...]