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NEWS AND UPDATES

Marcia Mullen and Dennis Resseguie named to Renosol board of directors

October 25, 2013

New Tech Sales represents Renosol in Wisconsin

July 23, 2013

Dennis Resseguie has been named Manufacturing VP

February 4, 2013

Renosol has appointed Loree Voorhees controller

February 4, 2013

Memory lane

Renosol Corporation Milestones:
Getting a little nostalgic and sharing our walk down memory lane

1981 - Hoover Chemical Specialties Division purchased to form Renosol

July 1981 - Three former Hoover Universal executives - Warren Wright, Warren Poitras, and Douglas Peck - purchased Hoover's Chemical Specialties division to start Renosol Corporation. 

1981 was the year Ronald Wilson Reagan became the United States' 40th president, having captured 51% of the popular vote. MTV was launched, and the first DeLorean rolled off an Irish assembly line.

It was a few dozen people that migrated that July to the fledgling company. Bringing with it some 30 years' experience, Renosol began its business custom formulating polyurethane systems and vinyl plastisol compounds. In contrast to many companies offering off-the-shelf materials, Renosol custom engineered materials to meet processing and product specifications.

Roto-molded car seatRenosol had been compounding plastisol in two locations - Farwell, Michigan and Mauldin, South Carolina - and in 1990 forward-integrated its business to enter the rotational molding market with color-matched automotive armrests.

Renosol later formed a joint venture in 2000 with
Fred Adams to form Adams/Renosol, L.L.C. from the plastisol compounding division. Operations were moved from Farwell, Michigan, to Clare, Michigan. The joint venture was dissolved in 2009 and manufacturing moved to Bay City in 2010.

Renosol proved to be an innovator in polyurethane system formulation, commercializing the first non-ozone-depleting (non-HFC, non-HCFC) integral skin polyurethane system in 1988. In 2002, Renosol was first to introduce a low-amine-producing polyurethane seating system using Dow's VORANOL VORACTIV®. The innovation won the API (Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry) Best Paper Presentation award.

Entitled, “Automotive and Low VOC Emissions - Recent Advances in the Development of Catalytically Active Polyols for the Automotive Market,” the presentation was authored by Renosol Corporation's Tom Jones, John Olari and Paul Fielding and Dow's Khalil Khameneh, Jean-Marie Sonney, François M. Casati, and Bob Dawe.

Over the years, related products have been integrated into the Renosol product mix. Renosol introduced material handling dunnage in 1984, offering a vinyl covered steel product, and polyurethane embedded dunnage bars, which it continues producing today.

polyrethane baseballs and softballsMolded polyurethane baseballs and softballs were added to the mix: dimpled for batting cages, and stitched for practice games. The balls stood up to so much abuse, pitching machine businesses reported that most shrinkage was from lost and stolen balls rather than failure in the field.

automotive seatingRenosol entered the seating business in 1987 when it began molding Corvette seats. The product line was to become a key business segment: Renosol expanded its seat molding operation from Michigan to Ohio in 2000 and Alabama in 2004, and was listed in Inc. Magazine's 5,000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. in 2007.

In concert with a handful of forward-thinking companies including the United Soybean Board, Urethane Soy Systems, Bayer Corporation, Lear Corporation and Ford Motor Company, Renosol was also first to formulate a soy-based polyurethane system for automotive seating, introduced in the 2008 Ford Mustang.  

Over the years, Renosol has molded other products as well: shoe soles, bats, pillows, gaskets, armrests, consoles, tackling dummies, yard markers and other athletic training aids.

A joint venture with Lear Corporation between 2004 and 2007 ended with Lear's purchase of the seating and systems divisions. Renosol subsequently consolidated its operations to Bay City, Michigan, in 2010. It ceased rotational molding and vinyl plastisol compounding, focusing its attention on the polyurethane molding and dunnage operations.

 1981 Renosol Corporation founded
 1986 Dunnage product line added, with vinyl coated steel and stampings located in Bay City, Michigan
 1987 Renosol enters polyurethane seating industry
 1990 Rotational molding added to product mix, based in Greenville, SC
 1997 Renosol's quality management systems registered to QS-9000
 1991 First in the U.S. to commercialize a non-CFC, non-HCFC integral skin polyurethane foam system
 2000 Renosol expands to Hebron, Ohio
 2002 Renosol introduces a reduced-amine-producing seating formulation based on Dow Chemical Company's VORANOL™ VORACTIV™polyol
 2002 Renosol achieves ISO/TS-16949 registration
 2004 Renosol expands to Selma, Alabama
 2004 ISO-14001 registration
 2007 Renosol develops soy polyurethane formulation for use in automotive seating: introduced in the 2008 Ford Mustang
 2010 Operations consolidated to Bay City, Michigan
   

 

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