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Productive Plastics Presenting at SPE Annual Thermoforming Conference

Productive Plastics will be attending and presenting at this year’s SPE Thermoforming Division Conference in Atlanta later this month.

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Productive Plastics presenting at SPE Thermoforming Conference Aug 2015

Parts Competition

Productive Plastics has been hard at work to replicate our success in previous part competitions (2011 SPE Thermoforming Conference Awards) This year we will be showcasing 3 high quality, complex, and innovative heavy gauge thermoforming parts that are the culmination of our industry leading engineering, manufacturing, and solutions providing team at Productive Plastics. Submitted parts represent the Medical Device and Kiosk industries.

Productive Plastics Technical Presentation

COO Evan Gilham will be presenting at the conference at 10am on Wednesday, Sept 2nd, on Using Another Processor’s Tools – A Look into Tooling Comparison and Spec Sheets.

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If you are attending the conference, please stop by our display at the Parts Competition or join Evan for his presentation on Wednesday.


COO Evan Gilham brings his expertise to Sales and Marketing

Effective May 1, 2015 it is with great pride that I announce the appointment of Evan Gilham to Sales and Marketing Manager in addition to his Chief Operating Officer position.


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This is a result of our growth and plans for expanding the commitment for excellence.  Evan joined Productive Companies eight years ago and has been successful in developing IT Production, Procurement, and other Executive positions resulting in his transition to grow our companies.

Evan will now be responsible for the management of sales and marketing in Productive Plastics and Sensigraphics along with all operations at Productive Companies.  His executive team has developed a world class organization in quality, lean manufacturing, procurement, and advance production to the forefront of the best in technology.

Please welcome Evan to this new responsibility and feel free to discuss a mutual goal to provide a successful transition to better service our valued customers.

Thank you for your continued support!


Hal Gilham

Harold S. Gilham




Productive Plastics Appoints Evan Gilham as Chief Operating Officer (Press Release)

left to right: Evan Gilham and Hal Gilham

left to right: Evan Gilham and Hal Gilham

Productive Companies announces that Evan Gilham has been appointed Chief Operating Officer as of January 1, 2015. Gilham brings a strong background in engineering, IT, procurement, lean manufacturing and financial analysis along with experience with the three businesses of Productive Companies: Productive Plastics, Sensigraphics and Productive Industrial Finishing.

Mt. Laurel, NJ, February 9, 2015 – Productive Companies announces the appointment of Evan James Gilham as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective January 1, 2015. Productive Companies includes Productive Plastics, Inc., Sensigraphics, Inc., and Productive Industrial Finishing, Inc.

“Evan brings strong leadership skills with over 7 years in custom thermoforming and electronic user interface technology.  His diverse background in IT, Procurement, Engineering/Design, Lean Disciplines, and Financial Analysis will take our company to the next level” said Hal Gilham, CEO. “As a third generation entrepreneur, Evan will continue our focus on world class manufacturing processes, safety, and quality to exceed our valued customers’ requirements in achieving our vision of being the solution provider of choice in the thermoforming industry.”

Evan Gilham is a graduate of Lehigh University majoring in finance.  His leadership skills in the Lehigh Football Program provided an excellent foundation for his success in the manufacturing field.  During his tenure with Productive Companies, Evan has developed strong skills in process improvement, contract negotiations, and sales training as demonstrated with customers in electronics, bus and rail transportation, aerospace, kiosks, and other OEM markets.

“Productive Companies is highly regarded for our expertise in product development, design/engineering, and manufacturing excellence”, said Evan J. Gilham. “2015 represents a pivotal point.  We have set the foundation in efficiency, process control, and a strong management team to continue Productive Companies as a legacy manufacturing facility. Our goals moving forward include strong core values, advances in process technology, lean disciplines, and unprecedented financial success.”

About Productive Companies

Over its 60 years, Productive Companies has developed its business reputation built on a foundation of strong integrity and core values.  Productive Companies includes Productive Plastics (, a leader in custom thermoforming and electronic enclosures, Sensigraphics (, with its expertise in user interface panel and electronic membrane switch technology, and Productive Industrial Finishing.  With about 70 employees and 3 facilities, Productive Companies is committed to excellence.

Productive Plastics Would Like Your Input

This survey has been completed and is now closed. Thanks to all participants.

Productive Plastics Industry Survey

Productive Plastics needs your help and would like your input. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our customer experience and offer custom thermoforming solutions that are of the highest value to our customers and the industry.

Whether you have worked with us in the past or utilize custom manufacturing in your projects, you can help us to provide better solutions by taking just 5 minutes to complete our industry survey. We want to hear from you.


This survey will be available for the next two weeks. If you are interested in the results, we are happy to share them. Look for instructions after completing the survey.

Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate your time.

Productive Plastic Exhibiting at the APTA Expo in Houston – Oct. 2014 – Booth 2865

Productive Plastics will be exhibiting next month at the 2014 APTA Expo in Houston TX Oct. 13-15. Please join us at the show and stop by Booth 2865 to check out our custom lightweight thermoplastic solutions for the transportation interior industry.


Thermoformed Custom Plastic Transportation Interiors by Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics Releases New Thermoforming Design Guide for Download

Heavy Gauge Plastic – Pressure and Vacuum- Thermoforming Process and Design Guide


Productive Plastics is proud to release for download our new Heavy Gauge Plastic Thermoforming Process and Design Guide for Pressure and Vacuum forming applications. This guide was developed to provide thermoforming design and process information that is valuable not only to design engineers, but every member of your project’s team.

Thermoforming Design Guide


What Design Considerations and Plastic Thermoforming Advantages are Essential to the Success of your Next Project?


Thermoforming Process and Design Guide contains:

  • Details of Heavy Gauge Plastic Vacuum and Pressure Thermoforming processes (with links to process videos)
  • Guidelines for determining if Heavy Gauge Plastic Thermoforming is the right process for your application
  • Advantages and limitations of Heavy Gauge Plastic thermoformed components and parts
  • Forming Tolerances and tooling specifications
  • Design, technical, and cost considerations
  • Basics of material selection
  • Considerations for choosing the right thermoforming company

Please visit our download page and fill out the form to instantly receive a PDF copy of the Design Guide. We hope that you find the guide informative and helpful.

Download our Design Guide

Productive Plastics, Inc. Launches Enhanced Website

Productive Plastics announces the re-launch of its website. new-ppi-website-home-2014 This enhanced website features updated content, new graphics and images, improved usability, and this new Productive Ideas blog. Content changes include updated information on materials, industries served and technical assistance, along with new photos.

“This new version of our company website makes it easier for thermoforming customers and prospects to find what they need and explore new applications,” said, CEO Hal Gilham. “We look forward to having our users explore our new website.”

Visit the press release for more information.

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.

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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 monthly opportunity to share business thoughts and ideas. We hope you find this valuable and feedback is always appreciated.

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?

Feedback and your ideas are always appreciated.

Productive Plastics Welcomes Sensigraphics

Productive Plastics is pleased to announce that as of January 3rd 2011, our partner company, Sensigraphics, will be joing us at our production facility at 103 West Park Drive Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.

Graphic OverlaysSensigraphics has over 30 years of expertise in the membrane switchgraphic overlay, and control panel assembly industry, and has been an invaluable asset and compliment to the Productive Plastics’ team since 1995.

This move is motivated by our desire and commitment to better serve and meet the needs of our customers. Co-locating with Sensigraphics is an additional step in Productive Plastics’ continuing process to develop a synergistic team of companies that can provide superior quality, reduced lead times, and additional “Value Added” and secondary assembly options to you, our customer.

We welcome Sensigraphics on property and look forward to continuing to serve you in your existing and future product needs. We also invite you to view our updated website and explore opportunities on Sensigraphics site as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any inquiries.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays,

The Productive Plastics Team