14 August 2009
14 August 2009
This month, Premix, an early pioneer of thermoset composites, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
“Our founders were among the first to recognize the unique properties and superior performance of thermoset technology,” said Tom Meola, Premix President and Chief Operating Officer. “With an eye to the future, they understood the potential to transform entire industries by converting traditional manufacturing materials to composites, thereby reducing costs, increasing the rate and speed of production while improving product performance and quality.”
The company was founded by George Kaull and Ford Davey in a small rented facility in Conneaut, Ohio. From there Premix worked within the business equipment, appliance, corrosion, transportation, construction and aircraft industries.
In 1964, Premix made a significant expansion through the purchase of a 35-acre farm in North Kingsville, Ohio, which was followed by several more developments including the acquisition of Quantum Composites in 1990.
Today, Premix develops, designs, and manufactures thermoset composite materials and custom-moulded components, serving customers all over the world from its 330,000 square-foot facility in North Kingsville and its 50,000 square-foot operation in Bay City, Michigan.
The company markets a wide range of commercial composite materials including, Sheet Molding Compounds (SMC), Bulk Molding Compounds (BMC), Thick Molding Compounds (TMC) and Engineered Structural Composites (ESC) under the trademarks Premi-Glas, Premi-Ject and Lytex.
Speaking of their longevity, 40-year employee, Steve Searl, attributed the success of Premix to the commitment of the workforce. “Visit any one of our facilities and you will see our founders’ spirit at work among our team of dedicated employees. Their passion for excellence and drive to deliver growth through technical innovation continues to prepare us to take on new challenges.”
In conjunction with their anniversary celebrations, Premix have launched a new website.
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