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U.S. Chemical & Plastics / Headquarters: Massillon, Ohio / Employees: 200+ / Products: Epoxy, polyester, polyurethane, benzoyl peroxide and automotive refinish technologies / Tom Perry, president: “We aspire to be great at what we do. We are a very focused company.” Fresh Coats u.s. chemical is proud to serve prominent firms around the world. by alan dorich Throughout an automobile’s life, the exterior of the vehicle can suffer many scratches and dents that change its appearance. U.S. Chemical & Plastics is a firm that clients turn to so they can help consumers return their cars to their former glory. Based in Massillon, Ohio, the firm manufactures epoxy, polyester, polyurethane, benzoyl peroxide and coating technologies that are used in the automotive aftermarket, President Tom Perry says. “We export to over 60 countries currently, for private branding, as well as our own brand,” he says. Brothers Philip and Anthony Maggorie founded the company in 1950 as a manufacturer of body fillers. In December 1968, Alco Standard purchased the firm. In 1984, U.S. Chemical, along with 16 other small manufacturing firms, were spun off from the firm to create a new company, Alco Industries. Today, U.S. Chemical heavily serves clients overseas. Exports comprise up to 40 percent of U.S. Chemical’s business, which it serves through two facilities in Ohio and one in the United Kingdom. In addition to its staff of more than 200 workers, the company relies on a large network of independent representatives. U.S. Chemical serves many distributors that sell to end users, Perry says. “The majority of our product ends up in dealerships and body shops throughout [the world],” he says, noting that a large percentage of its business is comprised of private label work. “We have some extremely large customers.” 156 WINTER 2012 u.s. chemical says that in response to demand, it has improved efficiency, lowered defects and boosted profit. Enjoyable Work A longtime veteran of manufacturing, Perry originally joined U.S. Chemical in February 2003 as its vice president of sales and marketing. This came after a 19-year career at The SherwinWilliams Co. Although Perry enjoyed working for such a large firm, he prefers the mid-sized operation of U.S. Chemical. “Working at a large corporation provided me with invaluable product, industry and leadership experience and know-how,” he says. “But nothing compares to the experience of leading [U.S. Chemical],” he says. “When you walk through our company, the drive, passion, camaraderie and desire to succeed is palpable. “We’re out in the field, working alongside distribution and customers,” he states. “We’re lean, agile and able to respond quickly to marketplace needs and demands.” He adds that U.S. Chemical has many advantages over its competitors, including its people and their level of passion and professionalism. “We aspire to be great at what we do,” Perry says. “We are a very focused company.” For instance, the company’s purchasing and operational teams have enabled U.S. Chemical’s growth in recent years. “Our transportation/ freight department has done a wonderful job,” he states. According to the company, the significant growth over the last five years has placed a large demand on existing manufacturing, logistics,

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012