Palram Polycarbonate Products Earn ICC-ES Evaluation Report November 15, 2013
Polycarbonate products, manufactured by Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, recently received an evaluation report (ESR-1893) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that the Palram polycarbonate products, including PALSUN®, SUNTUF®, SUNSKY®, DYNAGLAS®, SUNLITE®, and THERMAGLAS™ meet code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving products in construction projects under the International Building Code.
ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian explains why ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are so important. “Palram Americas can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements,” Moinian said. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”
ICC-ES thoroughly examined Palram Americas’ product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant. “The most recent issuance of our ICC-ESR report allows Palram Americas to meet the needs of architects, specifiers and codes officials,” stated Mark Weaver, Technical Services Manager for Palram Americas. “This report, along with our robust product line, provides Palram the opportunity to penetrate market segments which historically have been untouched by our company.”
A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs) and PMG Listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. ICC-ES also issues environmental reports verifying that products meet specific sustainability targets defined by today’s codes, standards, green rating systems and ICC-ES environmental criteria. ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council®(ICC®). For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.
Palram Breaks Ground on New Logistics Center November 7, 2013
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has broken ground on an 80,000 square foot logistics center positioned directly next door to their Americas headquarters in Weisenberg Township, Kutztown, PA.
“As demand for our products continue to grow, this dedicated logistics center will greatly increase our delivery capabilities,” stated Mike Howser, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Palram Americas. “In addition, this expansion further entrenches our ability to be a provider of stable employment for the local community.”
This 80,000 square foot building is a five million dollar construction project with two phases. Phase one consists of this logistic center and will include an additional 80,000 square feet of outside storage space. Another 80,000 square foot building will be constructed during phase two and will be built sometime during the next fifteen years. The general contractor for the project is Serfass Construction.
This new logistics center is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened its polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, over the ensuing years, built two large additions to this original plant. In 2007, Palram constructed an entire PVC manufacturing facility at the site. The logistics center is expected to be fully operational in July 2014.
Palram has won The Morning Call’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2009, 2011 and 2012 for the “Best Place to Work – Manufacturing.”
Palram Announces New Daylighting White Paper August 15, 2013
Palram Americas is pleased to announce a new Daylighting white paper is available. This white paper discusses the emergence of daylighting in commercial, industrial and even upscale architectural projects, while highlighting the benefits of polycarbonate products for natural daylight options.
“Palram strives to bring relevant and informative literature to our customer base,” states Stan Schultz, Marketing Director at Palram. “This piece should be helpful to the daylighting veterans as well as those just starting to take part in the daylighting trend.”
Polycarbonate is the preferred daylighting option for use with metal roof and wall panels. Palram offers SUNSKY® corrugated panels with a proprietary MetalMatch™ technology for the ability to match virtually any through-fastened metal profile on the market. SUNLITE® polycarbonate multi-wall panels are also available and are popular for side light applications.
Palram Announces Cortex® Hidden Fasteners for Palight® Trimboard July 23, 2013 Palram recently partnered with FastenMaster to introduce a line of Cortex® Hidden Fasteners for Palight® Trimboard, Palram’s cellular PVC trim product. The line of fasteners will include both smooth and wood grain options, and will be available in packages that will allow for 50, 250, and 750 lineal feet of coverage. Each package comes complete with screws, plugs and setting tools. Plugs are color-matched for Palight Trimboard and are easy to use. Cortex plugs result in a finished surface that makes screw holes virtually invisible. The need for putty or caulk is eliminated. Cortex Hidden Fasteners are widely used in the construction industry for PVC trim and deck installations. Palram’s Cortex fasteners should be available in dealers shortly after this issue is delivered.
Palram Unveils EconoTrim PVC Trim Boards February 28, 2013
Palram Americas is pleased to announce EconoTrim™, a free foam cellular PVC trim product created to merge cost sensitivity with the benefits of PVC Trim. EconoTrim cellular PVC Trim Boards, Corner Boards and Sheets include a 15 year limited warranty and are available with a smooth / smooth finish or a wood grain / smooth finish.
“Palram understands that as our economy and the industry recover, price may continue to be a factor in the buying decision. EconoTrim was created so that the cost sensitive project and lumberyard can upgrade from wood or cement trim to the performance of a PVC product at a reduced investment,” stated Mike Morris, Building Products Manager at Palram Americas. “This EconoTrim offering allows Palram to serve consumers that are currently driven by price, while maintaining our premium Palight Trimboard product for those desiring high value in a superior product. Both EconoTrim and Palight Trimboard are readily available.”
Available in a variety of dimensions, EconoTrim is rot, mold, and insect resistant, virtually waterproof, can come in direct contact to masonry, resists splitting and can be thermoformed. For optimal performance, EconoTrim should be painted with a latex-based paint with a Light Reflective Value of 55 or higher.
For sealed edges, double sided film, wood grain / smooth reversible sheets, additional accessories, mouldings, color options, a 30 year transferrable warranty, and more, Palight Trimboard free foam PVC is Palram’s premium PVC trim board option. Visit www.PalightTrimboard.com for more information and how to contact us.
Palram Announces Promotion for Eastern PRO Market January 25, 2013
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced the promotion of Jeramy Albert from the flat sheet sales division to the position of PRO Eastern Regional Account Manager. Jeramy will be working with distributors and manufacturers in the agricultural and metal building products segments in all US regions east of the Mississippi River. Working closely with Arnaldo Lopez, Inside Sales Rep for the eastern PRO market, Jeramy will be involved with the Ag-Tuf™ and Sunsky® / MetalMatch™ brands.
Jeramy holds a B. S. in Business Administration from Kutztown University. Jeramy’s extensive background with Palram began in inside sales in 2006, moving to outside sales in 2009. Succeeding in the outside sales has positioned him well for this deserved promotion. Palram is proud to have him on the team!
Palram Americas is pleased to announce the first-ever truly reversible free foam PVC trim product: Reversible Palight Trimboard with wood grain finish on one side, and a smooth finish on the other side. With sealed edge technology, and double-sided protective release film, Palight Trimboard is truly a time and space saving product.
“This reversible product demonstrates our commitment to bringing new and innovative solutions to the building products market,” stated Mike Morris, Building Products Manager at Palram Americas. “Palram strives to meet the ever-changing needs of our business partners in today’s economy and we know the ability to reduce inventory while maintaining high levels of customer service is a benefit that will be enjoyed by many dealers and distributors in the channel.”
The reversible feature of Palight Trimboard allows for reduced inventory requirements at distributor warehouses, at lumberyards, and even for contractors who hold small amounts of inventory. Reversible Palight Trimboard also permits contractors to make purchases for jobs, even if the customer has not yet made a firm decision whether to use wood grain or a smooth finish.
Palram's exclusive protective release film is applied to both sides of reversible wood grain/smooth products, ensuring that the product will stay in pristine condition in distributor warehouses, lumberyards, and on the job site, saving the contractor’s valuable time. Sealed edges also help ensure that the product will stay clean and ready to paint, if desired, after installation.
Palight Trimboard is available in the northeast now, and will soon be available on a national level. Palram makes this product available through distribution; please visit www.PalightTrimboard.com for more information and how to contact us.
Palram Announces “Build On” Focus for Building Products Industry November 2, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced a newly concentrated focus on the Palight Trimboard and “Build On” branding efforts. Palram’s dedication to technology and product innovation has prompted other leading brands and building product suppliers around the globe to rely on us to manufacture their products.
The overwhelming demand and market acceptance of our unique features and product characteristics has resulted in Palram focusing on our Palight Trimboard brand moving forward. Our sealed edge and exclusive protective masking film will continue to offer the channel a reliable product from “production to construction.”
“We are excited about this initiative and the growth opportunities it offers to Palram in the building products marketplace,” states Mike Morris, Palram’s Building Products Manager. “Together with our distribution partners, Palram will continue to innovate and bring products to market that provide solutions for the industry.”
Palram Hires New Outside Sales Rep for Pro Market October 9, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, is pleased to announce the addition of Chad Feazel to its sales team. Feazel will be responsible for expanding Palram’s presence in the “PRO” market, working with distributors and manufacturers in the agricultural and metal building products segments in all US regions west of the Mississippi River. Working closely with JR Schwarz, Inside Sales Rep for the western PRO market, Feazel will be involved with the Ag-Tuf™ and Sunsky® / MetalMatch™ brands.
Feazel holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Illinois. With over 15 years of sales experience in the building materials industry, Palram is proud to welcome him to the team!
Palram Hires New Inside Sales Rep September 25, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, is pleased to announce the addition of Arnaldo Lopez to its inside sales team. Lopez will be responsible for working with distributors and manufacturers in the metal building products and agricultural markets in all US regions east of the Mississippi River. Working closely with John Biehl, Pro Market Manager, Lopez will primarily be handling Ag-Tuf™ and Sunsky® / MetalMatch™ inquiries.
Lopez began his experience in the culinary arts, followed by six years of sales experience with a local newspaper. Palram is proud to welcome him to the team!
Palram Hires New Inside Sales Coordinator for Building Materials Market September 24, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC products, is pleased to announce the addition of Joyce Smith to the sales team as an Inside Sales Coordinator. Smith will be responsible for assisting Palram’s private label building products partners. Smith will also assist Palram’s network of building products distributors throughout the USA and Canada.
Smith holds a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University. Beginning her sales career working for an iconic regional department store, Smith transitioned to various sales roles, where she serviced new and existing accounts, and managed various distribution channels. With over 20 years of sales experience, Palram is proud to welcome her to the team!
Palram Hires New Regional Sales Manager for Building Materials Market September 21, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC product lines, is pleased to announce the addition of Keith DeGroat to its Building Material division. DeGroat will be responsible for managing the Northeast region and will be driving Palram’s initiatives on brand recognition and pull through business.
DeGroat has an extensive history in the building materials industry. Beginning his career as a contractor, DeGroat took his contracting experience to the next level by becoming a partner in an innovative railing company. Through the acquisition process, DeGroat continued his career in the industry by accepting a position responsible for business development. With over 20 years experience in the construction industry and more than 10 years in sales function positions. Palram is proud to welcome him to the team!
Palram Hires New Inside Sales Rep for Flat Sheet Market July 11, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, is pleased to announce the addition of Christine Thrash to its inside sales team. Thrash will be responsible for assisting plastic distributors and fabricators, who are typically IAPD members, relaying pertinent product and market information while placing orders for Palram’s wide range of products. Thrash will primarily assist customers in the Southeastern United States.
Thrash holds a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation from York College of PA, and has more than 10 years of experience in customer service. Palram is proud to welcome her to the team!
Palram Announces New Profile: Sunsky® Mini May 22, 2012
Palram Americas is pleased to announce a new mini wave polycarbonate profile, the Sunsky® Mini. Available only through Palram, this new polycarbonate profile matches traditional profiles produced by metal and fiberglass manufacturers. The Sunsky Mini is primarily used for rooflights and retrofits to replace fiberglass either in conjunction with metal materials or alone.
This profile, previously available in only metal or fiberglass, will expand the possibilities for use in interior and exterior applications, including daylighting options. Unlike fiberglass, polycarbonate will not “bloom” or crack, it is more resistant to yellowing, and it is extremely durable (hail and impact resistant). All Sunsky profiles exhibit superior UV resistance with the UV inhibitors coextruded into the product. Polycarbonate is the preferred daylighting option for use with metal roof and wall panels.
“This Sunsky Mini profile is an excellent product for retrofit applications replacing old, worn fiberglass,” announced John Biehl, Pro Market Manager at Palram Americas. ““Thanks to our new MetalMatch manufacturing technology, Palram Americas is excited to be the first polycarbonate manufacturer to bring a polycarbonate version of this product to market.”
The standard dimensions for the Sunsky Mini are: 26” wide x 12’ lengths with a 3/8” rib height and 24” coverage. The profile is available in clear. The Sunsky Mini will be stocked in the Kutztown, PA location.
Palram Celebrates New Polycarbonate Line May 8, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, celebrated the Grand Opening of Line 44, a new state-of-the-art polycarbonate line, with a two-day event on April 30th and May1st. This new line will add the ability to produce optical, security and containment grade products, and sheets or coils up to 104” wide untrimmed.
Palram began the celebration with a cocktail reception and dinner at the historical Hotel Bethlehem on April 30th. Various products made from polycarbonate were placed in a grand display. On May 1st, guests were then treated to breakfast and an informative presentation at the Hotel Bethlehem on the history of Palram, plans for the future, and the capabilities and potential directions for growth with Line 44. Speakers included Arnon Eshed, CEO of Palram Industries, Ron Dvir, President and CEO of Palram Americas, Mike Howser, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing, and Tim Cronrath, Flat Sheet Product Manager.
Guests were then transported to Palram Americas in Kutztown, PA for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon. A champagne toast was given while Matt Ehrig, Project Engineer at Palram Americas, cut the ribbon flanked by Ron Dvir and Mike Howser. During lunch, U. S. Representative Charlie Dent arrived and spoke on the value of Palram as a local employer.
After lunch, guests were given a tour of the polycarbonate plant and bused to the adjacent building to for the PVC plant tour. Palram commemorated the event with gift bags for all guests featuring an assortment of local treats, along with Palram swag.
This new line is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened the polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, over the ensuing years, built two large additions to the original plant, and in 2007, added an entire PVC manufacturing facility. Initial plans for the most technologically-advanced line in the Palram family began in October 2010, the infrastructure construction started in April 2011, with assembly of the line beginning in October 2011, production trials in December 2011, and Line 44 was finally completed with the installation of the clean room in March 2012.
Capabilities of this latest addition include up to 15mm thick general purpose polycarbonate sheet, co-extruded UV (1 or 2 sides), sign-grade sheets and coils, clear, whites and colors, fire-rated sheets and high optics sheets.
Line 44 will also help to create 40 new jobs and to assist in retaining 202 current positions. Palram has won The Morning Call’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2009 and 2011 for the “Best Place to Work – Manufacturing.”
Palram Announces New Polycarbonate Line April 16, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has added a new state-of-the-art polycarbonate line, Line 44. This new line will add the ability to produce optical, security and containment grade products, and sheets or coils up to 104” wide untrimmed. Palram plans to celebrate the opening of the new line with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, plant tours and lunch on May 1st.
Capabilities of this latest addition include up to 15mm thick general purpose polycarbonate sheet, co-extruded UV (1 or 2 sides), sign-grade sheets and coils, clear, whites and colors, fire-rated sheets and high optics sheets.
“Line 44 will bring a greater ability to serve our existing customers, while also attracting new customers, and tackling new markets,” stated Tim Cronrath, Product Manager for Palram. “Palram has applied its resources, capital, ingenuity, and innovation to ensure stable growth.”
This new line is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened the polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, over the ensuing years, built two large additions to the original plant, and in 2007, added an entire PVC manufacturing facility. Initial plans for the most technologically-advanced line in the Palram family began in October 2011, the infrastructure construction started in April 2011, with assembly of the line beginning in October 2011, production trials in December 2011, and Line 44 was finally completed with the installation of the class 10,000 clean room in March 2012.
Line 44 will also help to create 40 new jobs and to assist in retaining 202 current positions. Palram has won The Morning Call’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2009 and 2011 for the “Best Place to Work – Manufacturing.”
Palram Announces CCMC Canadian National Farm Building Code Compliance March 16, 2012
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, announced the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) evaluation of Ag-Tuf™ corrugated PVC wall liner panels. The CCMC is similar to the International Code Council (ICC) in the United States. Compliance to the National Farm Building Code is required for the sale of construction materials in the agricultural market. Please review CCMC Evaluation Report 13581-R for further information on this subject.
“With Ag-Tuf now compliant to Canada’s National Farm Building Code,” stated Mark Weaver, Technical Services Manager. “Palram is poised to generate further penetration into the agricultural building products segment.”
The evaluation is listed on the National Research Council Canada’s website, an excerpt from the Evaluation Report 13581-R is as follows:
It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials
Centre (CCMC) that “Ag-Tuf”, when used as polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) wall liner in agricultural buildings in
accordance with the conditions and limitations stated
in Section 3 of this Report, complies with the National
Farm Building Code 1995.
Please visit the National Research Council Canada’s website at www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca for more information on the agency and the evaluation process. Click here for the Ag-Tuf evaluation. Click here to visit the Ag-Tuf product information page.
Palram Unveils Containment and Bullet Resistant Glazing November 3, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has unveiled the PALSHIELD™ product line of containment and bullet resistant polycarbonate glazing. PALSHIELD is engineered to meet various levels of ballistics and forced entry test standards. Its layered structure and no spall design will withstand both physical attack and multi-shot assault while the abrasion resistant coating ensures long-term clarity. PALSHIELD is also nearly half the weight of the glass equivalent products.
“Palshield is among the best containment grade and bullet resistant products that I have seen in my10 plus years in the security laminate industry,” stated Tim Cronrath, Palram’s Product Manager. “Performance test results for Palshield give us great confidence that Palshield will be a strong competitor to other products currently available in the marketplace.”
PALSHIELD includes a 7 year limited warranty against structural delamination, coating failure, loss of abrasion resistance, yellowing and loss of light transmittance.
PALSHIELD may be used as security glazing in banks, convenience stores, prisons, government facilities, ticket booths, kiosks, and much more.
Palram Hires New Inside Sales Rep October 11, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, is pleased to announce the addition of JR Schwarz to its inside sales team. Schwarz will be responsible for working with distributors and manufacturers in the metal building products and agricultural markets. Working closely with John Biehl, Pro Market Manager, Schwarz will primarily be handling Ag-Tuf™ and Sunsky® / MetalMatch™ inquiries.
Schwarz served four years in the US Army and moved on to acquire more than nine years of experience in various sales and management positions. Palram is proud to welcome him to the team!
Palram Adds Double Film Option for PALIGHT October 3, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, now produces PALIGHT® Premium foamed PVC sheets with protective film (release liner) on both sides of the product as an optional offering. PALIGHT Premium with double-sided film offers added protection for both sides of the sheet, which helps protect against surface abrasion as it travels through the distribution channels and into the end-user’s printing facility. PALIGHT Premium with double-sided film will be stocked in 3mm and 6mm thicknesses as 4’ x 8’ sheets. Additional thicknesses and sizes may be requested via special order.
Palram will continue to also offer PALIGHT Premium without film and with film on one side (see illustration).
About PALIGHT Premium
With the whitest color available and a consistently smooth surface, PALIGHT Premium foamed PVC sheets have been successfully tested and are regularly used in the demo centers of major digital flatbed printer manufacturers. Easily handled and cut, PALIGHT is ideal for use in advertising signs, displays and much more. The PALIGHT family of products also includes PALIGHT GPS (General Purpose Substrate), and PALIGHT Outdoor, for outdoor signage applications.
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, recently attended the International Association of Plastics Distributors (IAPD) conference and expo in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center September 13th through the 16th. In addition to attending the conference sessions and exhibiting at the expo, Palram created a baseball theme for the customer-centered activities. Palram rented the Babe Ruth Museum for customer meetings, held a private suite at the Baltimore Orioles game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and brought a wrapped van with a design that meshed Palram values and the baseball theme to transport invitees to and from the meetings and activities (see photo).
“Palram was pleased to bring down its entire IAPD team for this event, enabling face-to-face interaction with our customers and further cementing relationships,” said Mike Swimm, National Accounts Manager at Palram. “Of course, it was also exciting to have such an eye-catching vehicle in front of the host hotel.”
During the expo portion of the event, Palram also sponsored the “Innovative Applications Using UV Flatbed Printing” seminar presented by Tom Giglio, Executive Sales Director of Océ North America. The seminar was well received and Tom Giglio educated the group in a fun and friendly manner.
Palram has long been in support of the IAPD having attended the conference and expo for years.
Palram Announces Canadian National Building Code Compliance For Various Products August 2, 2011 Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, announced the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) evaluation of many Palram products. The CCMC is similar to the International Code Council (ICC) approval in the United States. This is a required approval for sales of construction materials in the Canadian market.
The following Palram products have received evaulation report indicating that the products are compliant with Canada's National Building Code (NBC) for canopy applications in Evaluation Report 13450-R:
The evaluation may not be listed on the National Research Council Canada’s website yet, as their registry is updated on a quarterly basis. An excerpt from the Evaluation Report 13450-R is as follows:
Suntuf®, Palruf ®, Palopaque®, Sunlite®, Palsun® and Suntop® (polycarbonate and polyvinyl chloride panels)” when used as a canopy covering in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in Section 3 of CCMC Evaluation Report #13450-R, complies with the National Building Code 2010.
Please visit the National Research Council Canada’s website at www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca for more information on the agency and the approval process.
With over 45 years of expertise in the industry, PALRAM has established manufacturing, distribution and sales operations across seven continents and 120 countries around the world. Palram markets its products to the sign and graphics market, as well as to the commercial, industrial, residential, marine, and do-it-yourself construction markets.
Palram Announces New & Improved Expanding Foam Tape July 11, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced the availability of new and improved expanding foam tape, which is used as joint filler in joints that are subject to movement from thermal expansion and contraction, such as those between metal panels and polycarbonate panels. Palram has partnered with Emseal to offer AST Hi-Acrylic expanding foam tape. The new rolls are 32.8 ft in length, nearly twice the length of the previous offering, and are more durable. The product is available in individual rolls, or in a 32-roll case. AST
Hi-Acrylic expanding foam tape is compatible with all Palram polycarbonate products.
“Palram is pleased to offer a higher quality expanding foam tape for our customers,” stated John Biehl, Pro Market Manager. “This expanding foam tape will not dry out and become hard or brittle, and will not extrude from between joints when squeezed, which is a possibility with caulk or butyl-type tapes. The seals are UV-stable and highly resistant to aging and vermin. “
AST Hi-Acrylicis a self-adhering tape seal made from resilient, open-cell polyurethane foam impregnated with a water-based acrylic modified asphalt emulsion, which is compressed and shipped in reels. Upon installation, the compression strain-energy stored in the rolls exerts continuous backpressure against surfaces being sealed. This pressure, combined with the adhesive nature of the impregnation, assures reliable adhesion to both upper and lower surfaces. As the sealed components contract and expand with seasonal temperature changes, long-term sealing contact with the joint surfaces is maintained.
Palram Announces Build On Photo Contest July 6, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced the Build On Photo Contest. This contest is open to projects completed within the past two years that have used the Palram products SUNSKY® and / or AG-TUF™ / AG-TUF™ UV. Entries are free and due no later than September 2, 2011. The winner will be announced at Metalcon 2011, Booth #1040 in Atlanta, Georgia. Palram will donate $1,000 to the winner’s choice of trade school, college, or university.
Palram Announces Sustainable Building Products Brochure June 9, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, created a guide to assist design professionals as they navigate the requirements of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.
Palram studied the USGBC LEED® 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations (October 2010) and identified specific areas where Palram polycarbonate products may assist in obtaining points for building projects.
“The LEED rating system has become a recognized benchmark for sustainable building practices," stated Stan Schultz, Marketing Director at Palram Americas. “Our goal is to make it easier for architects and engineers to identify Palram products that can assist with achieving energy efficiency and sustainability."
It is important to note that a specific product is not guaranteed to obtain a credit, as products themselves cannot be LEED® certified or approved; only entire projects can achieve this level of distinction. In this approval situation, the sum of whole is greater than the parts. A product itself may not seem to be particularly environmentally friendly, but the way the product is used can elevate it in the green building product standards. It is the overall environmental impact that is important in green building standards.
Palram is pleased to make this latest information available and is committed to the development of energy efficient and environmentally friendly building products.
Palram Announces UL® Listing April 29, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced that the Palsun SG (Sign Grade) and Palsun CS (Coil Stock) polycarbonate products are now UL® listed and have been placed in the Sign Components Manual (SAM).
The SAM is a listing in a UL maintained file of compliant materials used in the construction of electronic signs, which must bear the UL label. As part of the SAM testing, Palsun SG and Palsun CS, in white and clear color options, were tested to UL 94 5VA. Both products are also listed as “approved for outdoor signs,” as they have each passed 1,000 hours of Xenon Arc testing. Additionally, Palsun SG and Palsun CS currently do not have component support load limitations in the SAM.
Palram Hires New Inside Sales Rep for IAPD Market April 14, 2011
Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, is pleased to announce the addition of Sheryl Kalman to the inside sales team. Kalman will consult with plastic distributors and fabricators, who are typically IAPD members, relaying pertinent product and market information while placing orders for Palram’s wide range of products. Kalman will primarily assist customers in the Northeast, the West Coast, and Canada.
Kalman has more than 14 years of experience in customer service and inside sales, with over eight years in supervisory positions. Palram is proud to welcome her to the team!
Palram Sees the Light. Goes Green to Save Green. March 18, 2011
It started with a combined goal at Palram: reduce Palram’s carbon footprint, while also reducing operating expenses. Palram has completed the process of swapping out all its low efficiency metal halide lighting for the higher efficiency T5 lighting. Motion sensing detectors were also installed in some areas for even greater energy usage reductions.
The T5 lighting has a shorter start up time and a 20% longer life than metal halide lighting. The long life of the T5 lighting will allow for reduction in maintenance and lamp replacement costs. The initial start up and restart time of the T5 lighting is less than 1.5 seconds, up to a 160% reduction in start up time and up to a 400% reduction in restart up time versus the metal halide lighting. The faster restart of the T5 lights also adds safety value in the production halls and warehouses during power outages.
The new T5 lighting also produces a higher and more consistent lumen per watt output value versus the metal halide lighting. The T5 lights start bright and stay bright while the metal halides will fade significantly over time. In addition, T5 lights have a greater Color Rendition Index (CRI). The CRI is the ability of a light source to mimic natural light when viewing colors. This helps to reduce the effect of metamerism, specifically illuminant metameric failure, where colors will appear differently in different sources of light. Natural light is the best source for color comparisons. With the addition of the T5 lighting, Palram has increased the production area CRI by 40%, which is excellent news for color production monitoring and observation.
Palram Announces PALGARD™ Security Glazing February 23, 2011
Palram Americas is pleased to announce that Palgard™, a monolithic UV and abrasion resistant polycarbonate sheet, conforms to new forced entry standards of ASTM F1915-05 Security Glazing.
“Having our monolithic sheets tested to an industry recognized standard such as ASTM F1915-05 is just the first step of many new products Palram intends to offer within the security glazing segment,” says Tim Cronrath, Product Manager.
Lightweight and highly durable, Palgard excels in resisting physical attack, vandalism, and graffiti; and provides up to 90% light transmission.
Palgard is available in various thicknesses, ranging from .040” ” to .500”. Specifically, the 3/8” Palgard meets the ASTM F1915-05 level 4 requirements, while the 1/2” Palgard exceeded the minimum requirements for ASTM F1915-05 level 3. For more information on the ASTM standards, click here to visit the ASTM website.
Palgard may be used for security glazing applications in prisons, transaction windows, kiosks, convenience stores and other areas where security is a concern. To learn more, please visit www.PalramAmericas.com/palgard.
Palram Announces Additional Sunsky® Profiles February 15, 2011
Palram Americas is pleased to announce the addition of four new polycarbonate profiles. All the new profiles match traditional profiles produced by metal manufacturers and are 25% thicker (1mm) than standard polycarbonate panels. The new products include Sunsky 2.67 SP, Sunsky 2.67 LP, Sunsky 5V, and Sunsky 7.2. These profiles are used in various daylighting solutions including; skylights, sidelights, and roofing either in conjunction with metal materials or alone.
These profiles, previously available in only metal or fiberglass, will expand the possibilities for use in interior and exterior applications, including daylighting options. Unlike fiberglass, polycarbonate will not “bloom” or crack, it will not yellow, and it is extremely durable (hail and impact resistant). All Sunsky profiles exhibit superior UV resistance with the UV inhibitors coextruded into the product. Polycarbonate is the preferred daylighting option for use with metal roof and wall panels.
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Palram Receives Miami Dade County Approvals January 25, 2011
Palram Americas has announced that their entire line of both flat and corrugated polycarbonate panels have received Miami Dade County Approval under NOA 10-0913.07. The approved products include SUNTUF®, SUNSKY®, DynaGlas®, PALTUF®, and PALSUN®.
This material approval allows for the use of the aforementioned products in applications within Broward and Miami Dade counties where polycarbonate material has been specified. However, each individual use may require separate testing criteria in addition to this approval.
Please click here for a link to all Palram Americas Miami Dade approvals.
Palram Americas Hires New Marketing Specialist 11/29/2010 Palram is pleased to announce the addition of Charlene Riegger to the marketing team. Charlene’s background includes more than seven years in marketing roles; including over three years within the metal building component industry. As the new Marketing Specialist, Charlene will be assisting the current Marketing Director, Stan Schultz, in the marketing efforts to further the Palram brand in the various markets served.
Charlene holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from East Stroudsburg University and has a combined 12 years experience in the Internet, and Manufacturing industries. Palram Americas is pleased to welcome her to the company!
Palram Expands its Sales Team for IAPD September 21, 2010 Palram is pleased to announce the addition of Jon Hedges to its sales team. Jon comes to Palram with over 12 years experience in the plastics manufacturing and distribution business. Jon’s responsibilities will be focused on developing products applications and relationships in the western states. Jon will be working with our independent manufacturer’s representatives calling on the IAPD distribution network. Jon’s experience will help stimulate the growth of Palsun Polycarbonate and Palight foam PVC to the market. About PALRAM Americas With over 45 years of expertise in the industry, PALRAM has established manufacturing, distribution and sales operations across seven continents and 120 countries around the world. Palram markets its products to the sign and graphics market, as well as to the commercial, industrial, residential, and do-it-yourself construction markets.
Palram Hires New Customer Service Rep for IAPD Markets June 5, 2010 PALRAM Americas, one of the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturers of polycarbonate and PVC sheets has hired Casey O’Connell as Inside Sales Representative. O’Connell is responsible for the sales to plastic distributors and fabricators, mostly IAPD members. Her duties will include consulting with customers about Palram’s wide range of products, expediting customer orders, and relaying pertinent product and market information.
Previous positions include Consumer Relations Representative for Just Born, Inc., and Community Manager & Sales Consultant with Hometown America Communities.
Palram Hires New Customer Service Rep for Export Markets May 15, 2010 PALRAM Americas, one of the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturers of polycarbonate and PVC sheets has hired Doris Peña as the new Inside Sales Export Representative. Doris will work closely with all of Palram Americas export accounts to ensure they receive their shipments in a timely fashion along with the highest level of customer service
Ms. Peña brings 27 years of Import/Export experience to Palram. Previous positions include Customer Service/Logistics Manager for Ameribrom, Inc., Import Manager for Vannier Tea Company, and Import Traffic Assistant with Kayan International Corporation.
PALCLEAR PVC Panels now Available in Water Clear 06/11/2009 PALCLEAR’s new formulation has less haze and better light transmission that ever before, which opens up new applications to replace acrylic in thin gauge decorative applications. For thicker gauges, PALCLEAR offers great chemical and flammability resistance for industrial applications such as sight windows on chemical storage tanks and shields for chemical processing stations. PALCLEAR can also be used as a substrate for printing applications requiring high chemical resistance. Palight readily accepts most digital and screen printing inks. The clarity of PALCLEAR allows images to be “backside” printed without image distortion. PALCLEAR is available in thicknesses ranging from 1mm (.040”) to ½”. Standard sheet sizes are 48” x 96” and custom sizes are available upon request.
Palram Expands Line of Palight Premium Foamed PVC Sheets 06/11/2009 Palram Americas, manufacturers of Polycarbonate, PVC, and Acrylic sheets, expanded their line of Palight Premium Foamed PVC sheets to include a range of standard in-stock colors. In addition to white and black, Palight is now available in blue, yellow and red. Custom and Pantone® matched colors are available for special runs. Palight is a versatile, flexible, light weight, and durable substrate ideal for use for digital or screen printing. Palight is perfect for aqueous, solvent, and UV flatbed printing. A standard Palight sheet measures 48”x96” with thicknesses ranging between 1 – 32 mm. Special custom run-to-size sheets are available.
AGTUF Top Choice for Top Shop Winner 3/6/2009 The Smith family faced a dilemma that's all too common among growing farms: More acres demanded wider equipment to keep pace with planting and harvest.
They set out to design a agricultural building to suit there needs. AGTUF was an important part of that design.
The result won them the Grand Prize in Agriculture Online's Top Shop Design Contest
Palram Updates Global Portfolio Brochure February 16, 2009 Around the globe, Palram is supplying the glazing and coverings for some of the world's most notable architectural and construction projects. This recently updated product and project portfolio shows how Palram's product are being used around the world, and where. Projects from the Athens and Beijing Olympics are included. Printed copies available soon. Contact Palram Americas for details.
Palram Americas Hires New IAPD Market Manager February 3, 2009 PALRAM Americas, one of the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturers of polycarbonate and PVC sheets has hired Mike Swimm as the new IAPD Market Manager at the Kutztown, PA facility. Swimm comes to Palram with over 20 years of plastics experience. As IAPD Market Manager, Mike will be responsible for Palram’s sales to the plastics distribution market segment in the US and Canada and will oversee Palram’s network of factory representatives.
Palram is continuously adding new products to their portfolio and Swimm’s proven ability to balance a full product line and work with distribution partners will naturally be a successful endeavor to the IAPD distribution customer base.
Palram Americas Hires New Trimboard Product Manager August 7, 2008 PALRAM Americas has hired Mike Morris as the new Trimboard Product Manager at the Kutztown, PA facility. Some of Morris’s duties include working with Distributor sales team to increase market share and maintaining customer relationships, working with Distribution partners such as Trex and Berger Building Products, to develop new products/markets, and generating sales leads for Distribution partners.
Morris was active in the Marine Corps for five years and brings seven years of experience in the Building Products industry. Previous positions include Area Sales Leader at Quality Supply and Corporate Sales Manager at Appleby Windows.
Palram Americas Hires New Technical Support Manager June 18, 2008 PALRAM Americas has hired Mark Weaver as the new Technical Support Manager at the Kutztown, PA facility. Some of Weaver’s duties include assisting in development of new products, obtaining code compliances for all product lines, supporting the Inside Sales Team with technical inquiries, and overseeing product testing.
Weaver holds Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and brings 15 years of extensive experience in the glass/polycarbonate laminating industry. Previous positions include Production Manager at Insulgard Corporation; Process/Project Manager at GE Plastics – Specialty Film and Sheet; and Design Engineer for North American Specialty Glass.
Weaver is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.
The Corporation’s stringent adherence to quality assurance procedures has earned PALRAM the distinction of being the first and only company in the industry to earn ISO 9001:2000 certification.
PALRAM Starts PVC Production in U.S. August 15, 2007 Palram Americas, one of the leading extruders of Polycarbonate and PVC products, announced its grand opening of Palram Panels Inc, (PPI) at its Kutztown, PA location. The addition brings the total size of the factory to about 250,000 sq. ft. under roof.
PALRAM Americas Partners with Trex November 9, 2007
PALRAM to Supply PVC Trimboard for Trex Trim™ Brand
(Lehigh Valley, PA – November 9 2007) – PALRAM Americas, the world’s largest manufacturer of corrugated polycarbonate products, announces a new agreement to supply cellular PVC Trimboard to the Trex Company.