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Additive Manufacturing Advancing Custom Thermoforming at Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics featured on formlabs’s blog – 3D printed innovations for thermoforming

Productive Plastics was honored to be featured on the formlabs industry blog on January 12th, Problem Solving on the Factory Floor: Manufacturing Aids at Productive Plastics. The article highlights some of the tech and innovations we employ on the manufacturing floor, in particular, our utilization of in-house 3D printed manufacturing accessories to increase process efficiency, reduce lead times, and  maximize the benefits of manufacturing parts and enclosures with plastic thermoforming. All part of our commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality and most cost-effective custom thermoforming solutions in the industry.

Productive Plastics Welcomes Kyle Davidson to the Sales and Marketing Team 

I am pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Davidson to the Sales and Marketing team at Productive Plastics.

Kyle has extensive experience supporting manufacturing and service companies with challenges such as product lifecycle management, composite tooling and formwork, rapid prototyping, and technopolymer adoption. As the Sales Manager of Cincinnati Incorporated’s Additive Manufacturing Division, he pioneered the adoption of innovative processes such as Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM).

Institutional accolades include an MBA from Villanova University and a seat on the Seton Hall University Customer Service (CX) Advisory Board.

Kyle will be working closely with myself and the rest of the Productive Plastics team to bring you the highest level of service and quality thermoforming manufacturing in the industry.


Evan Gilham
President | Productive Plastics

Kyle Davidson

Sales and Marketing
Productive Plastics
Office: (856) 778-4300 Ext. 202

Productive Plastics Welcomes Norman Vaughn as Chief Operating Officer

I am pleased to announce the addition of Norman Vaughn as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to the Productive Plastics team.

For decades Norman has been helping dozens of manufacturing and service companies improve quality, productivity, and operational excellence in a wide variety of industries. Norman served as the Senior Director of Quality at CARDONE Industries in the Automotive Aftermarket, and most recently as Executive Director of DoV Operational Excellence Solutions.

After completing engineering courses at Temple University, Penn State Great Valley, and the University of Wisconsin, Norman received his BA in Organizational Management from Eastern University and has been recognized by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

Norman will be working closely with myself and the rest of the Productive Plastics team to bring you the highest level of service and quality thermoforming manufacturing in the industry.


Evan Gilham

President | Productive Plastics

Norman Vaughn

VP of Quality & Compliance
Productive Plastics
Office: (856) 778-4300 Ext. 207

The next generation of family leadership and ownership begins at Productive Plastics

Evan Gilham Named President of Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics has embarked on a transition of leadership to the 3rd generation of Gilham family ownership as Evan Gilham assumed his new role as President in September of this year.

Hal Gilham, former President and now CEO, announced this evolution and continued legacy of ownership at the SPE Thermoforming Conference in September after accepting the Thermoformer of the Year award for 2021 by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division.

This marks the beginning of an incremental and smooth transfer of leadership and ownership of the company over the next 12-18 months. Evan Gilham comments, “During this transition, we are focused on maintaining trusted partnerships with our customers.” Evan adds, “We are committed to a future of continued innovation and expanded manufacturing services.”

The team at Productive Plastics hopes you will join us in congratulating Evan on his new role and wishing Hal good luck in his future endeavors.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Left to right – Evan Gilham (President) and Hal Gilham (CEO)

Adding more value to value added – Introducing Productive Industrial Finishing

At Productive Plastics, our goal is to provide our customers not only with the highest levels of quality, value, and manufacturing expertise, but to create a synergistic company environment capable of providing and controlling all facets of our value added services for you, our customer.

As a result of this effort, we are proud to welcome our newest addition to the Productive Plastics family, Productive Industrial Finishing.

Productive Industrial Finishing (PIF), previously XYZ Finishing, is a highly experienced industrial powder coating and spray painting operation that joined our team earlier this year. Having recently completed a major facility enhancement project and lean manufacturing process implementation, PIF is now an integral part of our value added and turnkey solutions at Productive Plastics.

Productive Industrial Finishing company facts:

Our unique strengths are providing over 25 years of:

High quality powder and spray finishes

Extremely fast turnaround times

Competitive pricing


Industrial Powder Coating

Industrial Spray Painting

All processes utilize lean manufacturing techniques and turnaround times average less than 72 hours

Material Advantages

Environmentally friendly (PIF utilizes high solids and water-based products in our product finishing applications)

Extremely durable to the elements

Resistant to most chemicals and solvents

Impact and corrosion resistant

Equipment / Capabilities

2 SureCoat (Morton) powder coating systems

1 Liquid HVLP spray painting booths

18 x 20 x 18 calibrated batch production oven

Polyester, epoxy, urethane, polyurethane, nylon, hybrids

Applications on parts up to 14 linear feet


Productive Industrial Finishing has application certifications from the following material manufactures:



Tiger Drylac

TCI Powder Coating


PIF can also meet the requirements for most military specifications

Integrating Productive Industrial Finishing into the Productive Plastics family has allowed PPI to control the cost, delivery, and quality of all thermoformed enclosures requiring secondary painting and finishing.

Our customers have already begun to enjoy the benefits of combining PIF’s finishing expertise with PPI’s lean manufacturing techniques and experience. The results have been reduced lead times, increased quality control, and additional value to our customers with products requiring secondary painting and finishing.

Please contact us for additional information on Productive Industrial Finishing or any of our other value-added services.

If you prefer, you can contact Productive Industrial Finishing directly using the following contact information:

Productive Industrial Finishing

103 American Way · Voorhees NJ 08043-1112

Phone: 856-427-9646 · Fax: 856-427-6937


Feedback and your ideas are always appreciated.

10 Qualities of Strong Program Management

Welcome to Productive Ideas from Productive Plastics, our opportunity to share business thoughts and ideas.

Today’s “Ideas” are about the qualities of strong program management, an essential part of good business practice.

Here are the ten qualities we have found to be essential in effective program management:

  1. Inspired Vision – Instill in team members a belief that they have a real stake in managing customer needs and meeting their expectations.
  2. Good Communication – Always critical to program success, communication about goals, responsibility, performance and expectations must bridge all levels of your organization.
  3. Integrity – Successful program management require commitment to and demonstration of ethical practices. Each team member must “walk the talk”.
  4. Enthusiasm – Team members exhibit a can do attitude, rather than reasons why something cannot get done.
  5. Empathy – Understand and acknowledge the unique needs of the OEM marketplace and customers need to succeed.
  6. Competence – A winning track record is a sure indication of your ability to provide successful program management to future customers.
  7. Clear Delegation – Each team member should have a clear, defined mission and lines of authority in order to get the job done.
  8. Cool Under Pressure – Our world is not perfect…programs have problems.  It is important to take these problems in stride and articulate a new and improved direction to re-chart the course in stride.
  9. Team Building – Team leaders need to understand the process, dynamics and styles of their members and capitalize on their strengths.
  10. Problem Solving Skills – Bring a fresh, creative response to the here and now opportunities to the program.

Enlisting these program management qualities will help meet and exceed the expectations of customers from product design and tooling development through ongoing production requirements. Did we miss any top ideas?

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