RECYCLED ENGINEERED PLASTIC
OUR FOUNDER'S VISION
Daniel Eberhardt founded MRC Polymers, Inc. in 1980 in Chicago, Illinois. During the early days of mass recycling, Dan had the vision to develop technologies to improve the value of plastic waste by processing scrap materials into plastic pellets for high-end manufacturing applications. His tenacious, creative approach to polymers, manufacturing and engineering enabled MRC to crack the code to recycling engineering grade resins.
Eberhardt's desire to build a sustainable and scalable business expanded the company's capabilities to include reliable raw material sourcing, state-of-the-art recycling and compounding processes, superior quality assurance procedures and excellence in research and development for custom compounding solutions.
In 2006, Dan Eberhardt was in a fatal airplane accident. His vision for advancing sustainable, value-added technologies to process plastic waste continues at MRC today.
From a small warehouse on the north side of Chicago, MRC began by sourcing and grinding recycled acrylic signs for companies that returned plastic to its chemical roots. Three years later, MRC switched its extensive sourcing operation to recycling polycarbonate.
MRC continued its re-invention by adding new recycling sources, including compact discs and 5-gallon water bottles. The company grew and became an established leader in developing recycling technologies. Its methods provided industrial companies with alternate means of removing materials previously diverted to landfills.
In addition to grinding materials and using processes to remove coatings from CDs and signs, MRC began compounding recycled materials, providing added-value plastic pellets to its customers.
MRC became a pioneer in plastic recycling by pursuing opportunities that were previously considered impossible for a recycled content product. The company began to pursue automotive applications and compete directly with virgin resin (plastic chemically produced from fossil fuel feedstock). In this respect, MRC recognized early on that the only way for recycling to be sustainable is to compete in high-end applications. Throughout the decade MRC participated in several successful programs that provided high quality recycled products for visible car components.
MRC earned ISO 9001 certification in 1994. QS 9000 certification followed in 1996. These certifications helped MRC continue to improve its processes and quality control systems, while certifying to its customers the quality of the products provided. This also laid the groundwork for further technology developments and process improvements, which increased the viability of recycled content sales to the automotive industry. In recognition of the consistent quality of material supplied for the Chrysler Mini-Van, MRC won the Textron Automotive Supplier of the Year award four times in ten years.
At the end of 2001 MRC moved to Chicago's southwest side. The new plant design generated by this move allowed for large improvements in efficiency. Two years later, MRC built a second facility on 31st Street and moved its grinding operations into that plant.
Seeking to further diversify, MRC unveiled an innovative way to recycle post-consumer automobile bumpers. This unique process targeted a critically neglected area of recycling: end-of-life automobile plastic scrap. In 2008 alone, MRC diverted over 10 million pounds (5,000 tons) of plastic automobile bumper scrap from landfills. Unlike previous competitors' attempts, MRC's process upgrades this material back to virgin properties, enabling it to be sold into durable applications, such as automobiles and appliances.
MRC provides a diverse range of engineering resins by recycling plastic feedstock to the level of virgin quality resin through innovative and industry leading technologies. This feedstock comes in many forms including bumpers, CDs, signs, and DVD cases. By replacing virgin resin, these products not only lower customers' material costs but also reduce the need for new virgin plastic to be manufactured from fossil fuels. An environmental approach to high quality product creation has set MRC apart from its peers in the plastics industry. MRC's current product line includes Polycarbonate, PC/ABS blends, TPO, Polypropylene and PC/PET blends. These products are sold into a broad range of industries including transportation, appliance, and lawn and garden. Of these industries, automotive comprise approximately 50% of total sales.