JOHNS CREEK, GA (September 15, 2022) – Pexco LLC, a leading North American specialty plastics manufacturer, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Performance Plastics Ltd. Located in Cincinnati, OH, and founded in 1982, Performance Plastics is a precision injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance components for the most demanding applications within industries such as aerospace, defense, medical & life science, and precision industrial.

Pexco CEO Sam Patel stated, “We are excited to welcome Performance Plastics to the Pexco family of companies. Performance Plastics has an outstanding reputation in the market and is recognized as a leader in the production of thermoplastic parts that are geometrically complex and with tight tolerances. There are few manufacturers who can help customers meet these standards – Performance Plastics’ high performance polymer knowledge and expertise are powerful differentiators.”

Chris Lawson COO of Performance Plastics added, “We are thrilled to bring our expertise to the Pexco family. Our focus on engineering quality and strong work ethic are a great cultural fit, and we look forward to collaborating with the fluoropolymer and other high performance polymer experts under the Pexco umbrella”

About Pexco LLC

Based in Atlanta, with multiple plants across North America, Pexco is a leader in the design and fabrication of engineered plastic components. It provides standard and specialty parts and components to manufacturers and end users for a broad range of custom applications, including the specialty industrial, fluid handling, lighting, traffic safety, fence, and electrical insulation industries. Pexco offers a full range of custom design, engineering, and fabrication services, including ISO 9001:2015 registration, across its manufacturing operations. For more information, visit or call (770) 343-4590.

About Performance Plastics Ltd.

Performance Plastics is a custom injection molder of high performance polymer parts. Based in Cincinnati, OH and founded in 1982, Performance Plastics specializes in tight tolerance thermoplastic components for demanding applications. The company is renowned for its fluoropolymer, Torlon, PEEK and Ultem expertise, proprietary manufacturing processes and exceptional engineering support.

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with a more than 25-year history of partnering with skilled managers to transform middle-market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority-controlled investments in industries with a long-term positive outlook and favorable secular trends. For further information about Odyssey, please visit


Celebrating a Milestone with New Products & Big Goals

Performance Plastics Ltd. of Cincinnati, Ohio marked its fortieth anniversary this year as a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance thermoplastic conponents.  The company works with specialized polymers and tight tolerances, and follows rigorous quality assurance protocols.  It anticipates big growth shortly, based on its wealth of experience and cutting edge products such as EnduroSharp(R) aerospace maintenace tools.

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Performance Plastics is pleased to announce the addition of our new Senior Customer Service Coordinator – Lori Bragg. Lori joins Performance Plastics with over 30 years’ experience, B.A. in Communications, and working with industry leading companies in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Lori brings a wealth of experience in B2B manufacturing, inside sales, ERP processes, and customer service to our company” said Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “The addition of Lori as a Senior Customer Service Coordinator is a representative of our continued commitment to provide our customers with the excellent customer service they have come to expect from PPL.  We are excited to have Lori join us and look forward to continued growth.”

Lori stated, “I look forward to helping Performance Plastics continue to meet our customers’ expectations by providing the highest level of service.”

Performance Plastics Ltd is a custom injection-molder of high-performance polymers for mission critical markets including Aerospace/Defense, Medical, and Precision Industrial.


Performance Plastics is pleased to announce the promotion of Lear Jackson to Quality Manager
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 CINCINNATI, OH, May 23, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Performance Plastics is pleased to announce the promotion of Lear Jackson to Quality Manager. Lear has been with Performance Plastics for over 8 years, most recently as a Quality System Coordinator, and will have responsibility overseeing the quality operations of our plant.

“Lear has been with Performance Plastics through our recent growth and has brought a fresh perspective to our operations,” said Chris Lawson, Chief Operating Officer. “Shifting Lear to this new role is a statement of our commitment to expand our capabilities, increase quality satisfaction and improve overall lead times. We are excited that Lear has accepted the challenge of a new role.”

Lear Jackson is a native of southwestern Ohio growing up in Hamilton and attending Hamilton High School. She is married and has one son, Jelani. She currently has CQIA, CQT and CIA designations, and plans to pursue additional credentials. She brings to this new role extensive knowledge of all our proprietary processes and the operations of our organization.

“I am excited for the new challenge of working with our staff to improve quality standards and increase overall customer satisfaction,” stated Jackson. “I plan to work with all the members of our team to explore and implement new process improvement strategies and technologies.”

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets where failure is not an option, including Medical, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial.

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High Precision, PEEK, Thermoplastic Medical Spinal Implant Component

As technology continues to advance, medical device designers are being asked to increase performance and longevity of devices while decreasing costs. One of the most effective methods of achieving both goals is through a metal-to-plastic conversion using a medically compatible resin.

Newer polymers allow for the design of multiple features into one molded component and can replace metal components or multiple smaller parts. By improving the product design and manufacturing process with the latest materials and plastic manufacturing techniques, medical device designers can improve performance of the medical device while reducing its cost.

Medical devices continue to get smaller and more complicated. The size and complexity issues present opportunities for metal-to-plastic conversion. Small tools often are used by professionals who are gloved, and resins offer the ability to apply texture and reduce weight. By using a material that provides improved wet-grip characteristics and ergonomics, designers are able to improve the overall functionality of products. The use of properly selected thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) allows for products that withstand sterilization to be made more effectively.

Instruments that must be repeatedly cleaned and sterilized, sometimes multiple times a day such as dental instruments, can now be made from high-performance materials such as polyether imide (PEI), or polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymers. These improvements result in better medical devices often at lower manufacturing costs.

Medical resins are ideal for bone implants. Devices made from PEEK polymer are a better match to the normal flexibility of a bone for implants. When a stainless-steel implant is used, the adhesion between the implant and bone tends to loosen over time, because the bone has a small amount of flexibility. A stainless-steel implant does not flex.

By using PEEK polymer as the implant stem, rather than traditional stainless steel, the polymer has close to the same flexibility as the bone and there is a reduced tendency for the implant to loosen over time. This compatibility between bone and polymer makes a more effective medical device — one that will allow better long-term outcomes, especially as the average life span of an implant increases in tandem with the life expectancy of the general population.

Performance Plastics – is pleased to announce the addition of a new piece of high-performance plastic injection molding equipment – A Milacron Robo Shot Alpha SIB Series.

Milacron Fanuc Robo Shot S150iB – High Precision Electric Injection Molding is the next generation of AI in injection molding machines, with higher precision for more reliable molding capabilities.  The Robo Shot’s proven performance makes it the perfect solution for molding environments that demand precise process control, high speed injection and consistent repeatability.

“The investment in this new piece of equipment expands our capacity to produce high volume, technically challenging parts for our customers” stated Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “We aspire to become an invaluable customer resource in solving our customers engineering challenges”.

With no oil supply, filtration or disposal, the Robo Shot is an energy saving “green” machine that will help reduce operational and energy costs.  It is engineered to reduce energy consumption by 50 to 80% with repeatable and precise cycles that are 5 to 50% faster compared with traditional hydraulic machines.

Performance Plastics specializes in high-performance injection molding thermoplastics featuring tight tolerances and thin-walled part geometries.  The industries we serve include aerospace/defense, medical and industrial applications. For more information, please visit our website at


Performance Plastics is pleased to announce the promotion of Taylor LaValley to Production Control Manager.   Taylor has been with Performance Plastics for over 3 years, most recently as a Tooling Engineer, and will have responsibility overseeing the production schedule of our plant.

“Taylor has been with Performance Plastics through our recent growth and has brought a fresh perspective to our operations,” said Chris Lawson, Chief Operating Officer.  “Shifting Taylor to this new role is a statement of our commitment to expand our capabilities, increase team efficiency provide and improve overall lead times.   We are excited that Taylor has accepted the challenge of a new role.”

Taylor LaValley is a native of southeastern Ohio and attended Shawnee State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Polymer/Plastics Engineering.  He brings to Performance Plastics previous experience as a plant manager for a packaging company in Texas.  He has acquired experience by working with many departments within our organization as a tooling engineer and possesses valuable knowledge of the workings of our proprietary processes.

Taylor stated, “I am excited for the new challenge of working with our staff to reduce lead time and increase overall customer satisfaction” stated La Valley.  “I plan to work with all the members of our team to explore and implement new process improvement strategies and technologies”.

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH  is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets where failure is not an option, including Medical, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial.

May 25, 2021

(Cincinnati, OH) Performance Plastics – Problem Solved – today announced the launch of its newly designed website to provide customers more relevant and easier to find information on thermoplastic high-performance polymers for the aerospace, medical and diversified industrial markets.

Since 1982, Performance Plastics, has partnered with its customers to leverage the performance advantages of high temperature thermoplastics. We have extensive experience injection molding materials such as Peek, Torlon, various fluoropolymers (e.g. PFA, FEP, PVDF, ETFE, etc.) and other high performance thermoplastic compounds.  Further, our company is one of the few able to injection mold fluoropolymers using 8 cavity, high volume molds with hot runner systems to produce thin-walled intricate parts.

The purpose behind the new look and feel of the Performance Plastics website is to provide innovative resources and information to clients. The website provides information and news that illustrate that Performance Plastics is at the forefront of industry trends and technology.

The new website features a comprehensive ecommerce portal for our EnduroSharp® patented line of Torlon® Aircraft maintenance tools.  The ecommerce application features a convenient user-friendly shopping experience which includes 24/7 service, order tracking, order history with reorder functionality.

“This new website for Performance Plastics properly aligns with our company vision for growth and expansion in the future.” – Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Performance Plastics.

Performance Plastics is a custom precision injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components. We specialize in geometrically complex precision parts that consist of chemically inert materials.



Computed Tomography Measures Tighter Tolerances

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Plastic injection molding continues to become more and more sophisticated with part tolerances becoming tighter and tighter. Initially, tight tolerance was defined as +/-.002 inches (0.0508 mm) and a very tight tolerance is +/-.001 inches (0.0254 mm) But today there are many factors that impact tight tolerance including part complexity and size, resin selection, tooling, and process conditions. So, getting the mold, part design, material selection and process correct is crucial when working with a product that requires tight tolerances.

Tight tolerances are essential when manufacturing complex parts, especially in the aerospace & defense, medical & life sciences, and diversified industrial sectors.  A few thousandths of an inch can be the difference between a component that fits and one that does not – if tight tolerances are not achieved properly the resulting products may underperform. So, it is critical that clients understand tight tolerances and their underlying objectives. Performance Plastics has parts in production that are +/-.0004 inches (0.01016 mm). Parts are measured in their Metrology lab with a CT Scanner. Engineers use Zeiss metrology equipment to analyze every aspect of parts and the problem at hand, not just the data on the part dimensions and the dimensional tolerances.

Benefits of Tight Tolerances

There are many benefits to manufacturing parts with tight tolerances. It ensures that parts work together smoothly and fit as intended in their final form; parts mesh well and deliver enhanced functionality.   They produce lower failure rates and result in higher client satisfaction. Tight tolerances can also result in fewer post-molding processing requirements.  Additionally, tight tolerances allow for parts to be transitioned from metal to plastic, reducing overall weight and cost of the final product. This can be very advantageous in some industries, such as aerospace and defense.

Design for Tight Tolerances

Not every plastic injection molding project requires tight tolerances, and some organizations insist on tight tolerances for non-critical features.  Tight tolerance should only be required in instances where they are critical.  Many products require standard tolerancing because the consequences of failure are low.  As a general rule, designers should keep tolerances as large as possible while maintaining the desired functionality of the part.

Materials for Tight Tolerances

Additionally, material selection is a critical element in achieving tight tolerances.  Certain resins perform better under certain circumstances.  An experienced design engineer can guide a client in choosing the most affordable material that will deliver the best result.  So, it’s critical to bring in an experienced team early in the design process.

By engaging a production team during the design phase, part functionality, material selection and design can be discussed upfront, and the team can jointly develop a manufacturing process and correct materials that will produce high-precision components. It is crucial for organizations to partner with an experienced injection molder, who has expertise; the design and manufacturing teams should be integrated to allow manufacturability issues to be identified and addressed during the design process – thus saving significant time and unnecessary cost.

Establishing the right process and correct materials for each product and developing repeatability are key to manufacturing tight tolerance parts. While every application is different, there are some process and material conditions that impact tolerances. For example, quick cavity filling and uniform cooling at the desired temperature are conditions that are crucial to achieving repeatability, and thus, parts with tight tolerances.


Posted from Metrology News – April 8, 2021

Performance Plastics LLC is pleased to announce the renewal of our ISO 9001:2015 certification, valid from March 2021 through March 2024. The ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Quality Management System is applicable to all our processes including development, sales, production, service and after sales.

At Performance Plastics, our Quality Policy revolves around ensuring that requirements are met while continually improving our Quality Management System. Creating customer satisfaction is our number one goal. The ISO 9001 standard is based on several quality management principals including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implementation of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. ISO 9001 ensures that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which in turn ensures your satisfaction. Each of our custom projects receives the same attention to quality.

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH has over 30 years’ experience in molding tight tolerance advanced plastics such as Fluoropolymers (FEP/PFA Torlon, Peek & Ultem) for many industries. We have developed proprietary processes enabling injection molding of parts that are thin walled, with tight dimensional tolerances, and complex geometries. For more information and solutions, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 513-321-8404 or email