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. Bow illustrations
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's - 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.
2010's Polygon Company
Lean initiatives continually exercised within manufacturing.
Made space additions to the facility.
Achieved ISO 14001 Certification.
Achieved ISO 9001 Certification.
Polygon acquired by LDI, Ltd., a fourth generation family office.