“Teamwork, focusing on a few key principles and a little bit of luck, united under a leadership style that aspires to empower other people, giving them a vision and guidelines, but letting them set their own goals, continues to foster improvement and success at SIMONA Boltaron.” – Dr. Dean Li, CEO
With more than 120 employees at our Newcomerstown, OH facility, we thrive on the close working relationships and, in many cases, the friendships established among our employees. SIMONA Boltaron promotes a strong team and family culture.
The Newcomerstown, Ohio facility was founded as the Plastics Division of Sieberling Rubber Company in 1954 and was subsequently purchased by The General Tire & Rubber Co. (GTR) in 1968. The facility was purchased by Empire Plastics, Inc., a New York based private equity group in November 1995 and in January 1996, Lawrence J. Schorr became its President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1999, Dr. Dean Li joined the company after completing his Ph.D in Chemistry in Canada as the director of research and development. And so began a collaboration and partnership between Schorr and Li that continues to this day.
On October 25, 2004 Mr. Schorr, together with Dr. Li acquired the Newcomerstown operations from Empire, changing the name of the company to Boltaron Performance Products. Over the course of the next ten years, Messrs. Schorr and Li, together with a growing team of exceptional performers, transformed a commodity sheet manufacturer into a highly specialized extrusion operation focused primarily on aviation interiors and other niche markets. In 2010 Boltaron sold its market leading calendering technology and business to its rival competitor and then reinvested the proceeds in the extrusion business. The increased investment and focus on extrusion for the aviation market resulted in dramatic and transformational increases in profitability, market share and global penetration.
In May, 2014, Mr. Schorr once again determined that it was time for Boltaron to join a larger and more global company to help take it to the next level of achievement. Although there were many potential acquirers, Mr. Schorr focused on SIMONA AG because of its technical capabilities, three continent presence, and a unique cultural fit that he believed would allow Boltaron to grow even further. Boltaron became a division of SIMONA AG and Mr. Schorr became the CEO of the SIMONA AMERICA Group, a $160 million group of three distinct but mutually supportive extrusion operations in North America.
SIMONA – Global Thermoplastic Solutions
SIMONA AG is one of the leading manufacturers of thermoplastic products, with production facilities and sales offices around the globe, as well as being an acknowledged development partner within this field. The company’s product portfolio includes semi-finished parts (sheets, rods, profiles, welding rods), pipes and fittings as well as finished parts. SIMONA employs approx. 1,350 people worldwide. The Group manufactures 35,000 products in Germany and abroad, offering best-in-class solutions tailored to a wide range of applications: in the chemical processing industry, in the water, energy and commodities supply sector as well as in the field of mobility, construction and environmental technology. Annual production exceeds 130,000 tonnes. SIMONA AG is a stock corporation listed in the General Standard. The company’s registered office is in Kirn, Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany). For more information, please visit www.simona.de.