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Western Industries, Leading Manufacturer of Blow-Molded Plastics, Brings First Large-Scale Blow-Molded Product to Market Using Oshenite® Renewable Performance Mineral

Oshenite®, naturally renewing ocean precipitated calcium carbonate successfully replaces expensive plastics resins for a new proprietary plastic product line from Western Industries Plastics Product Group. The renewable performance mineral presented significant processing improvements and worked seamlessly on the large blow-molding equipment. The company's "made with Oshenite®" Tough Tote is now selling at major retailers and plans are developing for a new line of sustainable plastics.

Western Industries, Leading Manufacturer of Blow-Molded Plastics, Brings First Large-Scale Blow-Molded Product to Market Using Oshenite® Renewable Performance Mineral
Salem, MA, April 13, 2013 --( Western Industries Plastic Products Group is known for bringing "value added" solutions to its partners and leveraging its unique manufacturing platform and innovative product development capabilities. So the availability of a new and naturally renewing ocean precipitated calcium carbonate that could replace expensive plastics resins was worth investigating for a new proprietary product line from the company. Western Industries has traditionally relied on mined calcium carbonate as a low-cost filler in their plastics. However, the physical properties of mined calcium carbonate invariably took a toll on the manufacturing equipment, especially with the volume loads needed to create large-sized products. As a result, John Mars, Executive Director of Operations and his technical team took a shot at presenting Oshenite® to their management. “Our team has over 100 years of cumulative experience in the blow-molding business so they are typically skeptical of anything new…and anything new has to work with the same efficiencies and effectiveness as the technically sound system we have in place before the substitution. Oshenite® worked seamlessly…we didn’t have to change our tooling set-up at all. Not only does Oshenite® provide a more sustainable, eco-friendly additive, it also allows for more cost-effective production through faster production times, lower processing temperatures, and more consistent quality in the blow molded product. This is no easy feat when you are molding at the huge sizes we do -” stated Mars.

Western Industries’ Plastics Products Group put Oshenite® to work in their Styleworks Tough Tote brand for the first time in June of 2012. The Styleworks Tough Tote, which is 20% made with Oshenite®, is now available for sale at major retailers.

Per Mars...“Now that we have seen the manufacturing cost efficiencies and the delivery of a quality product in large-scale production, we are considering the added benefits of the Oshenite® enhancer product for our customers as well as a new sustainability platform for Western Industries using “made with Oshenite®”.

Stay tuned as Western Industries moves towards a renewable world with more value-added products using the Oshenite® renewable performance mineral.

Styleworks Tough Tote manufactured by Western Industries Plastics Product Group. Oshenite® supplied exclusively by U.S. Aragonite Enterprises. Bayshore Industrial produces a range of Oshenite® master batches for the plastics market. Oshenite® renewable performance mineral master batches offer economic, performance, environmental and marketing benefits for processors, brand owners and stake holders. Oshenite® is reinventing plastics.
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Lotte Bowie
Marc Goldenberg
COO, U.S. Aragonite Enterprises

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