The October program will be a plant tour hosted by Tymex Plastics in Cleveland. They are located at 5300 Harvard Ave, Cleveland OH. (see note below regarding construction at Harvard Rd) The tour will be conducted by the owners of Tymex Plastics – Eric Yarabenetz, Mark Simonitis and Michael Turkovich.
Tymex Plastics is a privately held company that was established in 2001 to primarily serve the rotational molding industry with state-of-the-art compounding and pulverizing capabilities. While pursuing this market, many opportunities arose that set the stage for the full-service plastic compounder and recycler they have now become. Tymex has a management team with over 85 years of plastics sales, operations, and production experience. They specialize in the implementation of cost saving thermoplastic recycling and color compounding programs that provide our customers with various options what will conform to their needs and abilities. With a production facility of nearly 160,000 square feet, Tymex has the capabilities to handle a wide range of compounding programs.
Dinner will follow the tour at Slyman’s Tavern at 6901 Rockside Rd, Independence OH.
Their menu also includes sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees.
Each attendee will be responsible for their own meal costs. See below for detailed driving instructions due to construction in the area.
Tymex Plastics Inc.
5300 Harvard Ave,
Cleveland, OH 44105
5:30 pmarrival at Tymex Plastics 6:00 pmplant tours start 7:30 pmdinner to start at Slyman’s tavern
New Member – first meeting Free
Reservations are due to Craig Potter at SPECLEComm@gmail.com or 440-725-5214 by noon Wednesday 9, 2019.
Directions to Tymex Plastics due to closure of the Harvard Ave bridge over I-77:
Heading north on I-77, exit on Harvard and head east to E 53rd St and Tymex
Heading south on I-77, you cannot exit at Harvard but there are 2 alternate routes:
Exit on Fleet Ave, east on Fleet to E-55th, south on E-55th, then west to 5300 Harvard, or
Exit on Grant Ave, east to E-71st St, north on E-71st and finally west to 5300 Harvard.
Directions Slyman’s Tavern due to closure of the Harvard Ave bridge over I-77:
Head east on Harvard Ave until E-71st street, then south on E-71st until Grant Ave, then west on Grant, back to I-77 south, then take the next exit for Hwy 21/Brecksville Road south. Stay on 21/Brecksville. The turn right (west) on Rockside Rd and then turn right at Plaza Dr. You’ll see Slyman’s past the Starbucks.
Be aware that this is a fluid situation and road closures may change prior to Oct 14.
Cleveland SPE Members,
September was an exciting start of the 2019-2020 season for us with so many activities, such as CAD RETEC held at Cleveland. With leaves turning red, we are expecting more events coming in the Fall.
Vinyltec is co-presented by our fellow Akron section from 10/1-10/3. Cleveland session will sponsor another seminar this year at the department of macromolecular science and engineering in Case Western Reserve university on 10/11 (Friday, start at 3:15 pm). Furthermore, our Tymex plant tour is scheduled on 10/14. Look forward to seeing many of you.
Guojun Zhang President
2019 SPE Science Fair Awards and Scholarship Winners
May 13, 2019 Program
1st Place Winner: Stephen Sun, Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, OH.
“Polymer Based Modification on Peristaltic Locomotion of a Modular Mesh-based Robot”.
2nd Place Winner: Carly Justice, Firestone High School in Akron, OH.
“Recycling Plastics in Lightweight Concrete: Reducing Global Waste”.
3rd Place Winner: Charles Pafford, Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, OH.
“Materials and Design Optimization for Fused Deposition Modeling Application of Vehicle Suspension Parts.”
2019/2020 SPE Scholarship Winner – Teegan Smith
Shawnee State College in Portsmouth Ohio, Associates Degree in Plastics Engineering and Computer Aided Design.
Doug Biela, Market Manager, Rotational Molding from NOVA Chemicals will provide the presentation and the evening is hosted by the Akron Section.
The presentation by NOVA Chemicals will include an overview of the production of polyethylene from raw materials through conversion and will cover how NOVA Chemicals is leveraging their resources to promote sustainability and support the plastics circular economy. The company recently announced enhanced long-term sustainability commitments, furthering their mission to be the leader in innovation that enables its customers to deliver plastic products that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer.
Doug Biela is the Rotational Molding Market Manager for NOVA Chemicals, a leading producer of polyethylene in North America. In his 20-year career in the petrochemical industry, Doug has held a variety of operational and commercials roles including Operations Leader and Commercial Support Team Leader. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Doug lives with his wife and children in the Pittsburgh area.
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
June 10, 2019
Attendees: T. Wadell, C. Potter, R. Raleigh, J. Sovis, J. Blayne, D. Meade, M. Ghosh, G, Zhang, S. Montgomery, D. Crist, and R. Opalko.
Missing members: R. Keely
Treasurer – J. Sovis reviewed the Treasurer’s report for Aug 31 and provided detailed information via email prior to the call. Increased ad revenue due to support from LyondellBasell. A new CD has been purchased as a short term investment with available cash. Sovis also mentioned that he has obtained a commitment from a regional plastics processor to support a PlastiVan event and one of our scholarships. Receipt of funds is expected.
Sovis also discussed the messages they were provided to the board in a recent email. These messages can be sent to our members to encourage them to request their management to provide support for scholarships and PlastiVan. Board members to review both messages and indicate approval to send one of them to our members.
Counselor – D. Meade mentioned that due to a change in procedure at National, final results of all board elections are due to National by June 15 every year, starting in 2020. Meade will participate in a conference call Sept 20. Will also attend counselor meeting in CT in Nov.
T. Waddell will present ideas for recruitment at the Oct meeting. Also agreed to determine breakdown of membership by type (professional, emeritus and student) to be used for recruiting and planning purposes.
House – D. Crist will select venue for Oct dinner as well as recommend the pricing plan.
Communications – C. Potter congratulated G. Zhang for obtaining sponsor support from his employer LyondellBasell. Our digital communications are being sent to 186 members and guests. The new website has received positive feedback for its new look and advanced tracking features. Most recently, our emails are being read by 30% of recipients on a monthly basis. Potter indicated that he will step down from all Board activities as of May 31, 2020.
Technical Programs –
CAD RETEC – multiple board members have volunteered to man the CAD registration/SPE table at the upcoming RETEC (Waddle, Opalko, Blayne, Raleigh, Potter). In addition, a local high school has been identified for a PlastiVan event also at the RETEC.
Plant Tour – Tymex Plastics, Oct 14 – timing and location have been confirmed although dinner venue and pricing has yet to be determined.
Education – R. Raleigh has agreed to chair this committee for the 2019-2020 season. At this time we do not have any scholarship candidates to current school year, in one case due to inability to confirm US citizenship.
Zhang reported a recent request to help setup and support a revived undergraduate student SPE section at SPE. No decision was made by the board at this time.
Waddle confirmed that he will make presentation at the next student event at Case University on Oct 11. The event will be held from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. G. Zhang to ask board to approve donation to Student Section.
Injection Molding Division Topcon – S. Montgomery will meet with her Topcon committee on September 26 to confirm that their next event will be scheduled for Nov 10, 2020 for 2 or 3 days in Cleveland. The theme for the event will be – “Empowered Processing: Injection Molding Insights and Innovations from Industry Experts. She also appreciates venue information that she has received from our board.
Raleigh reported that he attended a recent collaboration event of the Cleveland Technical Societies Council (CTSC). Upon their request, we include a link to CTSC on our website.
Board approved to schedule board meetings for rest of season to be via teleconf on Monday night at 5 pm 1 week following the monthly program event.
Increased Pass-Thru Amount motion passes.
Blayne made a motion to request that SPE National increase our section’s pass-through amount from $10 to $15 per member per year. The motion was seconded by D. Crist. The motion passed unanimously with all member voting “yay”. R. Opalko to highlight request when minutes are sent to National.
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