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Plastic Trivia 2

Plastic Trivia from Mr. Chain!

...remember, don't peek at the answers.

1) Good for retaining heat, Dogloo's plastic doghouses are designed to look like these northern domiciles.

2) Before there was plastic, this badminton playing piece was made with a cork & feathers.

3) This government department recommended duct tape & plastic sheets to seal a room against a chemical attack.

4) It may make you look "Hefty", but Heloise says a plastic one of these is a great substitute for a raincoat. (The category was "Heloise's college hints.")

5) You could say that this theme park in Billund, Denmark was built block by (plastic) block.

6) This plastic material is used more than any other in Mr. Chain products.

Answers and questions from the "Jeopardy!" game show provided by .

1) Igloos. 2) A shuttlecock. 3) The Department of Homeland Security.
4) A trash/garbage bag. 5) Legoland. 6) HDPE (high density polyethylene)

Plastic Trivia 1

Introducing Plastic Trivia from Mr. Chain!

For 10 weeks, Mr. Chain will post a new set of 5 "Jeopardy!" inspired questions related to the plastic industry. Test your knowledge with Week 1 questions!

...and remember, don't peek at the answers.

1) Trademark name for a plastic concave throwing disk; "plastic concave throwing disk", not as catchy a name.

2) Once made of ivory, today they're made of plastic & weigh 5 1/2 to 6 ounces; rack 'em up! (The category was "Having a ball.")

3) In the 1980s college students were combining football & plastic throwing discs to create this "ultimate" sport.

4) Turns out Barbie, age 52, likes younger guys: this plastic man turned 50 on March 11, 2011.

5) In 2000 Fortune magazine named this toy of plastic "automatic binding blocks" the toy of the past century.

Answers and questions from the "Jeopardy!" game show provided by Don't forget to visit us at

1) A Frisbee. 2) Billiard balls.
3) (Ultimate) Frisbee. 4) Ken. 5) Legos.

Written by Alex Bower — July 05, 2012

Mr. Chain's Facelift

After many months and hard work by the team at Mr. Chain and Shopify we are happy to introduce our NEW face on the internet.

Ryan Schultz, took on much of the "behind the scenes" technical work with the help of Shopify's Tim Britt. Shirley Singletary and Alex Bower worked hard on editing and loading pictures while Bambi Steffen and Brian Majestic reviewed product descriptions, prices and specifications. We went live for the first time Friday, June 15.

Visit us today at Mr. Chain!

Written by Alex Bower — June 20, 2012

Mr. Chain Snap Reflector

The newest addition to Mr. Chain safety products will become part of our Nighttime Safety Collection. This multipurpose Snap Reflector is a 2" diameter medallion with nighttime reflective tape on both sides. It's a one piece molded part with a handy snap hook on the top which can be snapped or clipped onto anything that will fit into the hook design.

The Snap Reflector's primary purpose and use is to snap onto a chain link, plastic or metal, for nighttime visibility. Although, with its unique design and a little imagination, this new part can work with an endless amount of applications. A few examples would be: backpacks, jacket loops, or bicycles, adding to its purpose of nighttime safety and awareness.

Let us know what other ways you have come up with to use the Snap Reflector.

Send an email to: with your ideas.

Til Next Time,

Mr. Chain

Mr. Chain's Sustainability Policy

What is sustainability?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations."

What is Mr. Chain doing?

M R Products, Inc. (M R Products), trade name Mr. Chain, recognizes its responsibility to promote conservation. We also recognize that, as a manufacturer of plastic products, we need to do whatever we can to promote recycling and reduce waste to increase sustainability. We are committed to the safety of the people who make our products, those who use our products, the protection of our planet and the environment we live in. Our processes and products reflect these fundamental philosophies. We have chosen to make environmental responsibility part of our corporate business operating philosophy, starting with these goals:

1. Waste minimization - M R Products uses a material handling system that maintains product purity and reduces waste. Any extra material produced as part of the manufacturing process is reused in another product. Significant improvements have been made to the manufacturing facilities in the last two years that reduce energy used for heating and cooling. M R Products installed its own water tower to recycle and reuse all the water used in the manufacturing process to cool the machinery. Additionally, more efficient lighting has been installed along with insulating all warehouse buildings to eliminate heat loss while increasing efficiency.

2. Consumer and employee safety - Colors used in the manufacturing process have been reformulated to  eliminate heavy metals for the safety of consumers. These standards meet or exceed all federal and state requirements for product safety. We have instituted safety training for all our employees and plans are underway to add additional fire prevention and protection to our facilities.

3. Recycling - Almost all our products are made from high density polyethylene. Therefore,  we have added the following international recycling symbol to the bases of all our posts and stanchions. All scrap material is reused and with consistent efforts of all employees, new recycling practices have been implemented and are continually executed.

Our current environmental policies and practices serve to protect our employees, our customers and the sustainability of our planet. We will actively maintain partnerships with like-minded organizations to develop even more efficient systems and formulations. M R Products, Inc., trade name Mr. Chain, will continue to factor safety, conservation, recycling, and sustainability in meeting the needs and standards of the future.

Safety at M R Products

Plastic manufacturing can be a dangerous industry if necessary precautions are not taken. In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a increased number of accidents in our particular industry while many others have seen a gradual decline in incidents over the past few years. There are a number of reasons for a plant to be unsafe. One that we encounter often is the heavy equipment and molds often weighing 1000-3000 lbs. With the efforts of our plant manager and general foreman, M R Products has prevented many injuries. See some common practices below.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)-Every employee or visitor that enters the plant must wear safety glasses at all times. Additionally, studies on new machines are preformed to pinpoint the necessary PPE to be worn while operating that machine.

Workplace Safety Program-M R Products has implemented a workplace safety program to minimize injuries or damage to property.

Operator Rotation-In an effort to prevent repetitive motion injuries, machine operators are required to work a different station every day.

Clean and Organized Plant-Plant Manager, Dennis Stacey, has made it a personal goal to urge his employees to maintain a clean and organized plant. With minimal obstacles and clean, dry floors, many injuries are prevented daily.

Til Next Time,

Mr. Chain

Time of Shows

This spring Mr. Chain is attending three trade shows/expos. Brian Majestic-Sales Manager, will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas to display our products at the 2012 DPA "Saddle Up for Profits" Show. The show is dedicated to the promotion of safety products.

May 1st kicks off the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maree Mulvoy-President, Brian Majestic-Sales Manager and Bambi Steffen-Order Entry will be attending.This year's show is very exciting as we launch our new lawn edging: The Lodge Collection and The Orleans Collection.

Finally, the GSA Training Expo in San Antonio, Texas begins May 15th. Shirley Singletary-Customer Service and Alexandria Bower-Marketing will be in attendance. As our government sales increase, we look forward to furthering our knowledge of government contracting and gaining exposure in the arena.

Stay tuned for show results!

Til next time,

Mr. Chain CEO, David Seliktar, has made a commitment to American jobs and the domestic economy by creating a website dedicated to selling goods manufactured in the U.S. With these efforts, if every American spent an extra $64 per year on American made products, Americans could potentially create over 1 million jobs in the U.S. in 2012.

Learn more here: [youtube=]

Over 2000 American made products are available on the eCommerce site including New Balance tennis shoes. New Balance made their first pair of shoes in 1938. Currently, they are the only US manufacturer of athletic shoes. They too are "Committed to American Workers."

Check out Mr. Chain products at

Til Next Time,

Mr. Chain

Uses of Plastic Chain-Jewelry

Mr. Chain products, especially the smaller chain sizes, are extremely versatile and fun to use. One application lies in the art of jewelry making. Plastic chain does not have the added weight of metal chain which allows the jewelry to be more comfortable to wear. The chain can be cut to any length and with 18 colors the possibilities are endless! What you do with it is all up to your imagination.

Girlprops has created some unique pieces, one is pictured below. Sport this particular piece at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan and be the envy of all your friends!

[caption id="attachment_1027" align="aligncenter" width="226"] Cherry Necklace on Plastic Chain in Red with Red finish (3/4" Links from Mr. Chain)[/caption]

For more Girlprops unique items, click here.

Plastics and the US Economy

A Few Fast Facts on Plastics and the Economy



  • The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, providing significantly to the nation's economy.
  • The U.S. plastics industry employs more than 1 million workers.
  • The U.S. plastics industry creates $327 billion in annual shipments.
  • There are nearly 18,500 plastics facilities in the United States.
  • The plastics industry has a presence in every state.
  • Since 1980, U.S. plastics industry shipments have grown 3.4 percent per year.
  • Over the past 26 years, productivity in plastics manufacturing has grown 2.3 percent per year, which is faster than productivity growth for manufacturing as a whole.

The above information came from the SPI Plastics Data Source, which also includes individual state data.

Til Next Time,

Call us at 1-800-324-5861 (International call 1-231-378-2251) or email us at

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.