CHARLOTTE, N.C.—At first glance, Era Polymers Pty Ltd. seems like a small family business.
And it is. But it's also much more.
Touted as Australia's largest independent polyurethane systems house, the Australian-based company is a family business, operated by George Papamanuel, his wife Tina, who oversees all administrative functions, and their son Alex, the firm's current sales director.
For 29 years, the company has been developing and producing polyurethane systems for a customer base that stretches across the globe and expands yearly, according to George Papamanuel, co-founder and president of the firm.
Era, which produces a diverse range of cast elastomers prepolymers, is making a concerted effort to expand further into North America, where it presently relies on a toll manufacturer in Florida to produce some of the company's most popular brands, he said.
The firm believes it has an opportunity for much greater growth on the continent.