Priority Plastics: Bringing Extended Value Through People, Products and Technology

Priority Plastics: Bringing Extended Value Through People, Products and Technology

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Product packaging is often more crucial than we think. From ensuring the product’s safety to giving it an appealing look, packaging has a multi-faceted value—the reason why it is indispensable for the manufacturers to have the right packaging solutions for their products. It is in this context that Priority Plastics comes into the picture, envisioning to introduce technological innovations in the packaging industry and provide a wide array of products to the end-users catering to their dynamic needs. Priority Plastics was incepted 17-years ago, merging three plastic processors: an U.N.-rated tight-head manufacturer, a HDPE canisters manufacturer, and a PET and PVC clear-containers manufacturer. These individual companies served many markets and sectors, from industrial and high purity chemicals, nutraceutical and disinfecting wipes to snacks and candy at retail. Bringing together these companies provided a unique opportunity to invest in technologies in these diverse areas and bring in new equipment and enhance their manufacturing processes. This enabled them to improve employment opportunities and employee experiences around the new technologies on the one hand while being able to offer customers a large variety of quality product options to choose from, on the other. “We have developed a vision and a focus within our company that concentrates our priorities on our people and our products, with a key tie-in factor where the value proposition is created, and that is technology,” says Scott Dowrey, President at Priority Plastics.

Priority Plastics is in an explosive growth mode and is bringing new technologies and products to its already vast catalog of HDPE containers, PET containers, and PVC containers. Their U.N.-rated HDPE PriorityPour tight-heads (aka Jerry Cans) bring a superior container to market with a higher level of safety and security while now being cost-competitive. PriorityPour tight heads are very significant across different market sectors like chemicals, cleaning supplies, concentrates, and food flavorings. These are airtight, leak-proof containers that are built for the responsibility they carry and ensure complete product safety while shipping and during its shelf life. Additionally, with the Injection Stretch Blow Molding technology, Priority Plastics manufactures clear PET products suited for startups and small to mid-sized entrepreneurial businesses bringing their products to market. They have over 300 mold options for manufacturing PET containers in various shapes and styles, including wide-neck opening containers, large volume containers, and handle-wares, as well as capabilities to create packaging with more unique and innovative brand statements.

Our ISBM containers are lighter weighing than traditional HDPE containers and use a lower carbon footprint, delivering options that meet an organization’s sustainability goals.

We have developed a vision and a focus within our company that concentrates our priorities on our people and our products, with a key tie-in factor where the value proposition is created, and that is technology


To maintain an edge over the competition, Priority Plastics focuses on adopting new and advanced technologies that their employees are motivated to operate, bring new innovations to the market, and help their customers grow their businesses. They recently installed the Cyclone, the newest, high speed, four-cavity, automated processing technology in North America, which includes multilayer capabilities and high tech mold design for strength improvements in bottle manufacturing. The Cyclone manufactures the PriorityPour Eco, a multilayer container, creating sustainable, safer, and affordable alternatives in U.N.-rated products that have traditionally only been open-headed pails. This new equipment and the automation tasks associated with it bring in new technology that people want to work with as well. They have also upgraded their canister manufacturing technology and equipment to help their top customers meet the demand and exponential growth they are experiencing in wipes manufacturing. “Technology drives our decisions around our people, products and the priorities of our customers,” mentioned Scott.

Illustrating Priority Plastics’ success, Scott highlighted a client story where they could efficiently help the client replace an open-head pail with the PriorityPour tight-head container – a safer, more secure, and sustainable option. Here Priority Plastics was able to manufacture the tight-head utilizing the Cyclone and multilayer technology with postconsumer resin. The end product contributed to the client meeting their sustainability goals and ensured product safety and a shelf-presence to differentiate from the other brands, with no increase in packaging costs.

One of the key foundations and pillars to Priority Plastics’ success is their company culture. They have invested heavily to develop a people-centric culture within their organization to rally in service of people so that they grow together and enrich lives. The organization creates a culture where believing in the potential of its employees, recognition, and building trust develop empowerment. This enables them to manage their company better and achieve manifold growth in the market.

Today COVID-19 has impacted the economy heavily, changing the overall demand-supply ratio across the globe. However, Priority Plastics has witnessed exponential growth and expects to maximize its organic growth ahead. In addition, they are focusing on expanding geographically and exploring several acquisition strategies. Heightening their services further, they are keen on introducing their PriorityONE initiative to invest in and with strategic customers to partner and facilitate their success and growth throughout their journey, understanding their issues and needs, developing growth plans, and driving them to higher levels of business success.

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Priority Plastics

Company
Priority Plastics

Headquarters
Portland, IN

Management
D. Scott Dowrey, President at Priority Plastics

Description
Priority Plastics, Inc. provides rigid plastic packaging solutions with several extrusion blow-molding manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout the United States. They are bringing new technologies and products to its already vast catalog of HDPE containers, PET containers, and PVC containers. Their U.N.-rated HDPE PriorityPour tight-heads (aka Jerry Cans) bring a superior container to market with a higher level of safety and security while now being cost-competitive. Priority Plastics focuses on adopting new and advanced technologies and bring innovations to the market. They recently installed the Cyclone, the newest, high speed, four-cavity, automated processing technology in North America

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Priority Plastics Expands Capacity for UN-Rated Tight Head Containers

Priority Plastics has invested over five million dollars in equipment, molds, training and technology for a new high speed tight head machine in its Portland, Indiana facility. The new machine, internally called “The CYCLONE” supports the rapid growth that Priority has experienced in the UN-rated tight head pail market. In addition to high speed quality, the new technology includes automated processing, multi-layer manufacturing capabilities and high tech mold design allowing strength improvement in bottle manufacturing. The mold design supports light weighting and other eco-friendly product improvements as part of Priority Plastics commitment to develop sustainable plastic containers.

PriorityPour tight head containers are built for the responsibility they carry and now offer more capacity in less time. The high speed, four cavity shuttle technology gives us the opportunity to offset freight and be even more cost competitive.

Our offering includes:

• PriorityPour Standard, Eco and Light Weight

• White & natural/stock

• 5-gal and 20L

• Rectangle

• Integrated handle

• 61 mm 6 TPI, 70 mm 6 TPI (TE) & 8 TPI

• No vent, 22 mm open and closed

• Most containers are UN/DOT-approved for Y and Z regulations without the use of an outer pack carton.

The PriorityPour Eco and Light Weight containers deliver a multi-layer, sustainable product with the same integrity and durability as our standard containers. Multi-layer technology uses closed-loop or post-consumer regrind while the light weight option is 1,000 grams using up to 20% less virgin plastic resin. These sustainable options help Priority Plastics achieve our continuous-improvement goal to reduce our overall environmental impact.

In addition, Priority Plastics has fully equipped, and audited in-house testing facilities, to ensure the quality of our containers. Priority Plastics certifies that our UN-marked tight head containers meet or exceed all of the testing and manufacturing regulations and standards set by the US Department of Transportation, and specifically by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Secure and safe, they are the preferred packaging solution for a wide variety of applications including food and flavor concentrates, janitorial sanitation and specialty chemicals including agricultural and Lawn and Garden.

Priority Plastics, Inc. provides complete plastic container packaging solutions for startup companies to multinational firms. With four manufacturing facilities strategically positioned throughout the United States, Priority Plastics offers design and engineering services, technical sales support, operational excellence and plant specific customer service representatives.

Priority Plastics Continues to Invest in More Capacity. More Innovation. More Solutions.

All from a single production and fabrication source.

Priority Plastics announces the acquisition and installation of new ISBM (Injection Stretch Blow Molding) production capabilities in their Portland, Indiana, manufacturing facility. This patented, single-stage technology is new to the United States and exclusive to Priority Plastics, and it significantly increases PET container capacity and the ability to offer unique container shapes and sizes.

The technological capabilities for Priority Plastics literally STRETCH the uses of PET materials to totally new and innovative applications and packaging uses.

From one single piece of production machinery, containers can range in size from a 1-gallon bottle to as large as a 25-gallon drum in a variety of neck shapes. The new ISBM machinery can accommodate a diverse array of consumer packaging products with speed, accuracy and an environmentally sensitive efficiency. Expanded capabilities means filling more product orders more promptly, as well as servicing an ever-widening range of innovative packing specifications.

Unique to Priority Plastics ISBM:

• New PET drums, up to 25 gallons and weighing 30% to 50% less than HDPE and metal

• Bigger necks, rectangles and wider container openings

• Stackable bottles

• Custom coloration

• Integrated handles—“Handle-ware” with the same functionality as typical HDPE bottles used for milk, juices, oils, car care and more

• Ability to customize molds for a more unique and innovative package to meet and exceed branding objectives

Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing Ecosystem

PET is 100% recyclable, 100% reusable and lighter weight, and is now made using a lower carbon footprint per bottle. The patented, exclusive technology saves up to 40% electricity and is equipped with an air-regeneration system designed to recover approximately two-thirds of the high-pressure blowing air. Priority Plastics continues to invest in smarter machines to help meet their sustainability goals as well as their customers’.

More Container Capacity: Stretching PET Technology to New Limits

Priority Plastic’s equipment investments significantly increase PET container production.

“This expansion is an investment in the future growth of Priority Plastics and is consistent with the company’s corporate values, which include the principles of Quality, Timeliness, Relationships and Sustainability,” said D. Scott Dowrey, president of Priority Plastics. “It is a tangible measure of commitment to growing our PriorityONE partnership program, and it expands the U.S. manufacturing footprint here in the Portland, Indiana, area,” Dowrey added.

PriorityONE is the company’s partnering initiative that dedicates production capacity and even co-locates facilities for top-tier packaging customers.