GRANGER, Ind.—It all started as a pretty please with a cherry on top.
And it's a good thing it did. Because that one request for fluoroelastomers from a very loyal customer changed the course of Michael Shaul's career. In a good way. It led to new business opportunities that have taken root, blossomed and continue to grow for a fairly young rubber industry company, QPoly L.L.C.
At the time of the request, Shaul—now QPoly president—was working with Specialty Products & Polymers Inc. when a valued customer approached the team. We know you focus on silicone, the customer said, but could you please mix some FKMs?
"We said, 'we don't really do that,' but they came back and said, 'We really want you to,' " Shaul recalls.
So he did.
He tried his hand at mixing FKMs. And it turned out he and Specialty Products were really good at it. So good, in fact, that the potential to grow business around the high-end elastomeric material quickly became apparent.
So in 2017, QPoly became its own business, spinning off from Specialty Products, which retained its focus on silicone. And Shaul, who had spent 11 years with Specialty Products, took the helm of QPoly, which would focus entirely on fluoroelastomers.