1950's - Plas/Steel Products
- Credited by Raymond Myer as being the first commercial pultruder in North America.
- Initiated an internal process for making fiberglass woven fabrics to internally build speed boats, canoes and runabouts.
- Mercury Marine's field engine testing facilities exclusively used Plas/Steel's boats because they were structurally superior to fiberglass chopper gun products.
- Commenced producing pultruded fishing rod blanks for other fishing tackle manufacturers.
- Developed winding pins for General Electric's fractional horsepower motors, concurrently developed in-house centerless grinding capabilities to hold these pins to +/-.0005” in diameter.
- Started centerless taper grinding fishing rod blanks.
- Braided prosthesis developed and worn by local Walkerton amputee.
1960's - Plas/Steel Products & Polygon Company
- Created Polygon Company name to differentiate industrial products from recreational.
- Developed a braiding process to make tapered and telescoping tubes for fishing rods branded as Zip Pole®.
Zip Pole® flyer
- Internally developed a cam system to centerless taper grind fishing rods.
- Patented two distinct methodologies for attaching guide eyes to fishing rods (tapered spring and tapered fabric). This eliminated the requirement for hand thread wrapping.
Fishing rod illustration
- Developed first braided fiberglass golf clubs targeted for use in the popular driving range market.
- Developed first braided fiberglass pool cues.
- Developed first fiberglass woven fabric compression molded toboggan.
- High speed V-8 inboard single screw speed boats developed capable of speeds well over 70 MPH.
- Composite braided Teflon bearing developed and patented. Private labeling of same product for Fafnir and Garlock commenced.
1970's - Plas/Steel Products & Polygon Company
- Braided armature shaft insulation tubes developed in conjunction with the Skil Corporation to meet the new UL standard.
- Braided carbon fiber golf shafts were developed and first initial patent issued.
Glass-lite golf brochure
- Special designed slotted and filament wound fiberglass well screen patented. Muskegon Michigan municipal water project commenced using these well screens.
- Separate manufacturing facility opened in Commerce, Texas to produce recreational products.
- Pultruded/compression molded re-curve bow limb developed for the archery market.
- Braided arrows developed and marketed to the archery industry.
- First braided carbon/carbide fiber gold shaft developed.
- Internally developed and built Mickey Monster which was the first machine made to mechanically test golf clubs and golf balls. Uniroyal leased Mickey Monster to take to golf tours to demonstrate the integrity of their golf balls.
Mickey Monster diagram
- Initiated internal capabilities to injection mold plastic golf club driver heads. The Cincinnati Milacron machine was one of the largest on the market at that time.
- Developed the first silicon pultrusion machine for General Electric which they internalized for their own production.
- Developed Torgon Rod® which is a braided/pultruded solid composite used for unique electrical torque applications.
- Plant Photo - 1977
1980' - Plas/Steel Products & Polygon Company
- Developed carbon fiber baseball bat for Rawlings Sporting Goods.
- Worked as a contract development arm for General Motors on braided drive shafts and telescoping car antennas, connecting links, compression molded reed valves, pultruded wiper arms and springs.
- Developed braided tubes for ACMI used in urethra surgical applications.
- Developed hybrid pultruded fiberglass/carbon rods used for positioning posts in external orthopedic applications.
- Sold off remaining recreational products and ceased manufacturing under the name Plas/Steel.
- Developed first composite piston cylinder assembly for Life Care Products capable of delivering metered oxygen to patients surviving from polio, respiratory disease or injuries that require artificial respiration. Christopher Reeves was ventilated on a Polygon system supplied through Life Care.
- Developed first cryogenic can capable of being stored from several years on nuclear submarines in the event of nuclear war to re-establish Naval communications.
- Developed first pultruded and numerically machined casings used in M-16 rifles and 20 MM air rounds delivering spent uranium to penetrate armor.
- Developed braided rocket launcher tubing and fighter ejection seat canisters for Universal Propulsion and McDonald Douglas.
- Developed unique filament wound fiberglass tubing which was conductive for Transamerica Corporation. While not known at the time this was for the stealth bomber program and eventually licensed Transamerica with this process.
1990's Polygon Company
- Co-developed with Zimmer a braided/pultruded thermoplastic implantable hip stem for orthopedic applications. This involved not only new materials but an entirely new processing methodology.
- Developed the first disposable cannulas for Ethicon Endo-Surgery and US Surgical. Polygon remains the largest composite producer of these in the world today.
- Commenced making composite gel-coated filament wound tubing for the fluid power industry.
- Commenced making a hybrid circumferential wound/pultruded tube for the minimally invasive surgical market.
- Developed composite cannula for the European market that could withstand repeated autoclaving.
- Worked with West Coast Research University development group to make first carbon fiber braided brain probe for tumors.
- Designed and built first 104 MM braided carbon artillery housing capable of delivering biological weapons.
- Contract development arm for Xerox Corporation designing and making distributive resistant contacts and embedded circuits paths.
2000's Polygon Company
- Developed first non-gel coated cylinder tubing for the fluid power market.
- Created numerous end attachment designs and patents for creating fluid power finished cylinders. Over four patents have been issued for this development work.
- Became the initial licensee and first commercial operator of the thermoplastic pultrusion material trade marked Fulcrum by Dow Chemical.
- Designed and developed the first commercial thermoplastic pultrusion product serving Ames True Temper with tool handles. First commercial pultruded product that is recyclable.
- Working in conjunction with Georgia Tech University developed the first sensing cylinder using resistive agents within the composite laminate.
- Developed composite tubes for robotic surgical apparatus.
- Patented embedded fiber optics within composite tubing in conjunction with Ethicon Endo-Surgery.
- Initiated Polygon Xiamen to serve the bearing needs of the Asian market.