CYPRESS, Texas—Argen Polymer L.L.C., a specialist in materials development, consulting, testing and analysis, just announced three new advances for the company:
• ISO accreditation in January 2017, per ISO/IEC 17025:2005;
• A new, more complete website coming online in February 2017; and
• An "Aggie 100" award from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, recognizing the 100 fastest-growing companies in the world owned or managed by Texas A&M students.
ISO accreditation for 5-year-old Argen Polymer is a major step forward for the company, according to founder and President Jeff Bahr.
"This accreditation is the highest internationally recognized quality standard for testing laboratories, and is a testament to both our quality management systems and our technical competence in the fields of service we offer," Bahr said.
The accreditation is the latest reflection of Argen's commitment to providing rigorous data to its customers, according to Bahr.
"Moreover, it recognizes the fact that Argen has established a quality framework to pursue continuous improvement and vigilance, and we expand our service offerings and technical capabilities," he said.
Argen received the Aggie 100 award at the November 2016 awards banquet at the Mays Business School, according to the company.
The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M award the Aggie 100s based on companies' compounded annual growth rates over a three-year period and their commitment to operating in a manner consistent with the Aggie Code of Honor, Argen said.
The awards are given across all industries and are not limited to specific sectors or niches of business, according to Bahr.
"This award is a recognition and confirmation that our approach to service and customer relationships in delivering top-tier polymer testing and expertise has enabled us to grow a business that we are proud of and our customers have the utmost confidence in," he said.
The new Argen website not only highlights the company's ISO accreditation, but also gives a much more comprehensive picture of the breadth of the company's expertise and service offerings, it said.
The website also explains Argen's "Rigorous Data and Scientific Insight" approach to polymer testing, it said.
In the summer of 2016, Argen moved to its 15,000-sq.-ft. facility in Cypress from its former headquarters in Woodland, Texas.
Since that time, Bahr said, the company has added capabilities at the Cypress facility including Notched Izod impact testing, melt flow indexing and DIN abrasion testing.
"These and other capabilities have allowed us to expand our service offerings in the realm of quality control and other testing in plastics, packaging, recycled materials and industrial rubber products," he said.