Polymer Laboratories and Solutions LLC dba Poly Labs is a 100% US based leader in producing highly engineered molded, self-skinning and small pour molded polyurethane components and PU material systems supporting defense, medical, footwear and impact protection applications. Poly Labs launched on November 1st, 2020 with the acquisition of the 88,000 square foot former Jones & Vining facility located at 765 Webster Street in Lewiston, Maine.
Anania & Associates, a management company involved in owning and operating five other Maine based specialty manufacturing companies, in partnership with company management, the City of Lewiston’s Economic and Community Development office, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), a small group of committed individual investors, and several key customers including the Bose Corporation and H.F. Staples are excited to have acquired the facility, equipment, IP and formulations. Now the fun begins!
Poly Labs has a 35+ year legacy of producing highly engineered, polyurethane-based molded components for a diverse set of industrial markets including defense, medical, footwear and impact protection. But the business has manufacturing roots in Maine that date back more than 150 years. The business was formerly Jones and Vining’s industrial division before being spun off in 2020 as an independent company. The company is a global leader in producing small pour molded polyurethane components for the most demanding applications. Our world-class facility in Lewiston, Maine engineers proprietary and specialized polyurethane formulations in order to manufacture components for our customers’ most exacting specifications. Poly Labs specializes in producing molded polyurethane, self skinning polyurethane, small precise pour polyurethane components and materials.
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History of Poly Labs
Poly Labs was spun out of Jones & Vining (JV) in 2020. The all Maine based management team and investor group is excited to be investing in and building the foundation for growth at our Lewiston, Maine production facility.
We trace our roots back to 1882, the year Auburn Last Company was founded in Auburn Maine. In 1965 Jones & Vining expanded into Maine with the purchase of both Auburn Last and Corey Last Remodeling Company. These companies had a long successful legacy in helping develop the Maine shoe industry. The merger of all these Maine based shoe companies became Jones & Vining of Maine. Over the next several decades Jones & Vining Maine invested in converting its equipment and focus over to becoming a global leader in the production of polyurethane shoe outsole and insole production. In 1971 Jones & Vining introduced the Unit Sole and by 1978 had moved its production to a new state-of-the-art 88,000 square foot production facility in Lewiston, Maine. At one point nearly 25% of all non-rubber footwear manufactured was made with unit soles.
Industrial Products Focus
During the 1990’s the Lewiston facility expanded into injection molded thermoplastics such TPE, TPU and TPR as well as dramatically expanding its polyurethane production capabilities. Entering the 2000’s the Lewiston factory became Jones & Vining’s Industrial Product Group given its rapid growth in taking on projects outside the shoe industry. Today the company supports many markets such as Defense, Medical, Toy, Impact Protection, Sporting Goods and Footwear.
In 2016 a large investment was made in one of the largest Gusbi twin head machines in North America capable of producing several million PU outsoles or insoles per year. The company has also recently invested in several state-of-the-art injection molding machines focused on next generation TPE and TPU materials.
With the launch of Poly Labs in November of 2020 the 100% US owned operation and team are excited to be increasing our investment in sustainable bio materials and to be partnering with leading companies around the world to bring their polyurethane and thermoplastic products to market.
For more information about Poly Labs, or to discuss your application, please contact our sales team.
Polymer Laboratories & Solutions LLC
Address: 765 Webster Street, Lewiston, Maine, USA 04240
Phone: (+1) 207-784-3547