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Happy 4th of July!

As the original U.S. manufacturer of plastic chain and plastic stanchions, Independence Day takes on a whole new meaning. Thank you to all who have and those who continue to fight for this great country. We are proud to be an American company!

 

The Flag pictured above was created by President, Maree Mulvoy, out of our 1" ring chain. 

National Small Business Week, June 17-21

Beginning in 1963, the President of the United States announced National Small Business Week to recognize the impact of small businesses and their owners on the economy. Small businesses are estimated to create every two out of three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

With the Small Business Administration leading the way, National Small Business week honors entrepreneurs and small business owners from the U.S. Mr. Chain can especially relate as a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business. 

 

The tradition celebrates its 50th year and will, for the first time ever, travel to different cities across the U.S. during the week, kicking off in Seattle and wrapping up in Washington D.C. where the Small Business Person of the Year will be announced.

Written by Alex Bower — June 20, 2013

Reuse and Recycle!

 

In a recent article:  published by Jessica Holbrook (Plastics News), Dart, a fellow Michigan company, (Mason, MI), was featured for their polystyrene recycling efforts. In the past the material was portrayed negatively as many believed it was not recyclable. The article reveals this is not true and honors the company for its progress on polystyrene recycling.

Polystyrene is a material Mr. Chain continues to use for select products. These products (Ground Stakes, Reels, Edging and Fencing from our retail line)  are all #6 recyclable. In addition, Mr. Chain makes an effort to buy recycled material and reuse any material waste in production.

Whoever said polystyrene couldn’t be recycled…Myth Busted!

 

Light Rail Crowd Control Barriers

To date, Mr. Chain has supplied plastic barrier chain for Light Rail projects in three cities: Edmonton, Minneapolis and Calgary. The chain is an attractive crowd control option for Light Rail, and is safer than metal chain as it does not conduct electricity. By utilizing the larger chain (4” Plastic Chain) and heavy duty bollards, an attractive and safe crowd control barrier is born. 

Light Rail-Minneapolis 

Light Rail Transit provides many economic and environmental benefits. Many US and Canadian cities are beginning to rely on the system to reduce automobile use, make urban areas more accessible and promote development.

Mr. Chain hopes to see many more of these projects in North America’s future!


Mr. Chain visits the Chicago Urban League

This past weekend Mr. Chain attended orientation for the Midwest Regional Teaming Program at the Chicago Urban League. This is a very active program put on with a grant from the Small Business Association by the Chicago Urban League and Diversified Alliances. We are working toward a few goals in this program. The first is of course to grow plastic chain and stanchion sales. In addition, we are seeking to enhance brand awareness and education on the uses of barrier chain for safety and crowd control. Second, Mr. Chain is looking to identify government procurement opportunities. Lastly, we are hoping to network and acquire teaming partners to secure government contracts. 

Maree (President) and Alex (Government Sales) will be active participants in the next six weeks of workshops. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the executive teams of the various companies and are looking forward to the program!

On Becoming a Certified Woman Owned Small Business

 On May 1, M R Products, trade name Mr. Chain was granted the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification from the Small Business Administration (SBA). In addition, Mr. Chain is a certified HubZone, and a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE). These certifications are instrumental in "expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses." (SBA.gov) 

 

 

How It Works

"The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). To be eligible, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry." (SBA.gov) 

 

 Why It's Important

According to Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), "Women business owners face unique hurdles, especially in procuring corporate and government contracts, areas in which women-owned businesses have historically been underrepresented." With the implementation of certification programs like WOSB, qualifying organizations receive a wealth of benefits including access to valuable networking opportunities, recognition and credibility, and supportive resources.


 

 

Spring Shows

Spring is always a busy time for Mr. Chain. The weather is nice, sales pick up and we often travel to trade shows and exhibitions. This year was no exception. Brian Majestic, Sales Manager, Alex Bower, Marketing, and Maree Mulvoy, President, traveled to Orlando, Florida, in early April for the Grainger Show.  The show proved to be a wonderful networking event for Mr. Chain. With the success of the show and as we experience our first year in Grainger's "Red Book," we are looking forward to an exciting year.

 

Two weeks later Brian and Alex traveled to Galveston, Texas, to attend the NSC Conference and Expo. Although, this show was smaller than the Grainger Show, the attendees were valuable contacts for Mr. Chain. Many attendees were concentrated in the Oil and Gas Industry, the largest single industry for Mr. Chain sales.

Shows always prove to be mutually beneficial for attendees and Mr. Chain. It is a great venue to exchange ideas, learn the needs of our customers and educate our customers on the many uses of our products.

 

Upcoming Shows:

National Safety Council Expo, Chicago, IL-  September 30 – October 2

American Society of Safety Engineers - Safety 2013 - Las Vegas, June 24-25-26



Written by Alex Bower — May 08, 2013

Dennis Stacey, Vice President--Celebrating 30 years at M R Products

Dennis Stacey, our Vice President and Plant Manager, will celebrate 30 years with the Company today, February 14.  Over that time, Dennis has seen the Company grow from a very small plastics injection-molding business, making parts for automotive customers, to a 30 person injection molder and extrusion business, making proprietary parts only for our own chain of distributors.  Dennis is responsible for all aspects of plant operations, including product quality, production standards, worker safety, and building, machine and tooling maintenance, etc.  Over the years, he has also been responsible for new product development which begins with his drawings on a drafting table or CAD, and ends with completed product testing in our factory.  The 2" HD chain was one of Dennis' many product ideas, as is the snap reflector, and he is now working on the launch of our latest new product, the X-Treme Duty Stanchion (see article left).

 

Dennis is originally from British Colombia, has lived in Alaska, and enjoys hunting, fishing, riding his Harley, and spending time with his wife, children and granddaughter. He lives in Copemish. MI.
 

Written by Alex Bower — February 14, 2013

HOMEGROWN WITH PRIDE from PhillipFritts.com

"PhillipFritts.com is dedicated to providing quality, encouraging, family friendly features that in turn will empower and inspire everyone that reads!"

Seeing any effort to promote goods Made in the USA is an encouraging movement. When Phillip Fritts contacted Mr. Chain in early 2012 we were happy to participate by completing an interview for "Homegrown with Pride: USA". The Mr. Chain interview highlights our commitment to domestic manufacturing, quality products and timely service.

 

 Click here to see the full article.


 

Call us at 1-800-324-5861 (International call 1-231-378-2251) or email us at support@mrchain.com

Plastic Chain is intended for decorative purposes only. Not intended to support heavy objects. Plastic chain must not be used where a break might cause damage or injury.