Executive’s Corner

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Welcome to the latest issue of Extrusion Solutions.

To Our Customers: ENTEK is Here for You

A lot has changed in the world over the past couple of months. Despite the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis and its global implications, I want you to know that ENTEK remains open for business. We have been given “Essential Manufacturing” status by the State of Oregon and we are going to be open and available to support you during this difficult time.

Those of you who know us know that ENTEK doesn’t do things halfway, and it’s no different with this crisis. We are leading the state with the precautions that have been taken to both protect our employees, and to keep our operations up and running.  Some highlights include:

-2’ plexiglass extensions of all employee cubicles for social distancing protection, -Limiting visitors on campus to essential personnel,

-Cleaning kits in every conference room for before and after meeting cleanings,

-Installation of hand sanitizer stations at all doors,

-Working from home for those that can,

-Alternating shifts of personnel who need to be in the office to help social distancing

We realize these are challenging times for you and we want to support you as best as we can. Contact us anytime.

Bioplastics Development

It seems like just yesterday we were working with one of the pioneers in bioplastics development, Plantic Ltd., to help them develop their materials for biodegradable packaging. That was actually over 15 years ago and since then, we have worked with a lot of other companies in the bioplastics space to help them compound a wide variety of materials.

Our latest success story is featured on page 1 of this issue. BioRegion Technology is a Pacific Northwest company that is working on some very exciting 100% natural, biodegradable additives for plastics. Their first product, Renew cellulose, is already nearing commercial development, and we are working with them on some other proprietary products. Those products have the potential to be game-changers in the plastics industry. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, if you have an idea for a new bio-based product, let us know. We can help you run trials here at our plant in Oregon, or visit your facility as well.

Gearbox Rebuilds, Customer Service and More

In this issue you will also find stories on our gearbox repair services, our latest customer support department news, and more.

It came to our attention recently that some customers didn’t know they could send their ENTEK gearboxes to us for repairs. Please be assured that we provide this service, and if you are ever in doubt about what services we provide, contact us. We pride ourselves on supporting our customers any way we can, and that means helping you get the most out of your ENTEK machinery and equipment.

Thank you to all of our customers for your continued support.  Please stay safe and we wish you good health – if we all do our part this COVID-19 crisis will soon pass.

I encourage you to contact me anytime at lkeith@entek.com.

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