Polyguard Welcomes 17 to Employee Ownership

Polyguard ESOP 2017

Polyguard ESOP 2017

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. recently held its 30th annual Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) dinner at Winding Brooks Event Venue where 17 new employees received their first account statement.

Polyguard’s ESOP is a broad-based ownership plan where employees become owners with no out-of-pocket contribution of their own. Polyguard is a 100 percent employee-owned ESOP and currently has two ESOP millionaires currently working with the company, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. An ESOP is a retirement plan which is in addition to the 401(k) and matching contribution already offered by the company. Its value is based on the stock price of the company, which is up more than 300 percent since 2010. This year’s ESOP contribution is roughly 15 percent of eligible employees’ salaries.

“We take pride in the culture we’ve developed here at Polyguard, and we’ve been able to do that because we are an employee-owned company,” President Shawn Eastham said. “It’s great to see our employee owners are working together to build on their futures. This is a rare opportunity that only a small portion of American workers can benefit from.”

Polyguard, with 24 consecutive years of sales growth, currently employees 13 owners who own 1 percent of more of the company and has over 100 total employee owners. Polyguard recently began limited production at its new Corsicana facility, which more than doubles the company’s manufacturing space. Most of Polyguard’s production and shipping will be handled in Corsicana by the end of summer 2017.

“Our strategic plans include doubling the size of the company by 2021, and that will directly benefit those who will help us get there – our employee owners,” Eastham said.

Polyguard’s ESOP began in the mid-1980s after John and Kathy Muncaster bought the company and wanted to build the type of culture where employees have a direct impact in not only their own personal success but also that of the company.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tre Bischof at 214-515-5000 or email at Tbischof@polyguard.com.

Termite Barriers: Who Broke the Ice?

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

Hello and welcome to another week of the TERM Barrier System blog series! Week 6

This week I would like to take a step back in time and write about the origin of termite barriers. The TERM® Barrier System is founded on the concept of using physical and mechanical devices to exclude termites without the use of pesticides, but from where did the idea arise?

termite barriers

In previous blogs, we have talked a lot about integrated pest management (IPM). One pillar of IPM is the use of physical and mechanical devices to control the target organism, such as a termite, in a balanced approach.

Termite particle barrier research originated with Dr. Walter Ebeling in 1957 at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ebeling studied the penetration of subterranean termites through sand and cinder barriers of measured particle sizes. Effective substrates for stopping termites were as follows:

B. 10-16 mesh sand *untamped*

C. 6-16 mesh sand *tamped*

D. 10-16 crush volcanic cinders

termite barriers

Research has continued since the inaugural study by Dr. Ebeling to arrive at many conclusions related to particle size. However, in 2013, Keefer et al. collaborated the expertise of entomologists and engineers to identify specific characteristics that made particle barriers effective against tunneling termites.

Their conclusions were as follows:termite barriers

Particle size combinations of 8, 10, and 12 mesh were most effective.

Particle hardness should be measured & scored as ≥6 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale.

Particle angularity should measure 2700+ as determined by the Aggregate Image Measurement System.

Interstitial space between particles should include 35-45% voids as determined by a displacement test.


There are many scientific articles that have been published between the two articles that I have written about today, including, but not limited to:

While the history of termite barrier research focuses primarily on the use of aggregate stone to impede termite tunneling, Polyguard has improved our building materials to function as termite barriers, as well. Membranes traditionally used for waterproofing and vapor barriers have been upgraded by Polyguard as part of the TERM® Barrier System to exclude termites in addition to their normal function. Research on our membranes and sealants began in 2000 and continues to this day as we aim to improve pest exclusion.

Reports of independent research projects completed on TERM® Barrier System products may be found on our website.

TERM® All-Pest Bath Trap

The TERM® All-Pest Bath Trap uses a combination of materials to exclude termites and other pests.

For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com.

Polyguard’s Progress

Corsicana Meets Needs of Growing Company | News | CorsicanaDailySun.com:

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Polyguard President Shawn Eastham and Director of Marketing Tre Bischof, invited the Corsicana Daily Sun inside its Corsicana plant recently for an exclusive update on the companies’ progress.

While Eastham admits plans have been hindered because of the rain, much work has been done inside and outside the building and the warehouse area is already in use.Last year Polyguard Products, Inc. out of Ennis purchased the 380,000 square foot former Chattanooga glass plant on Highway 287 in Corsicana with plans to expand its manufacturing capacity.

The expansion is expected to bring a $10 million investment to the community and create an additional 80 jobs over the next few years.

Polyguard specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. The company exports to over 30 countries and its products have been used in projects as big as Disney World, The Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington and the Perot Museum.

It plans to increase its production capabilities, and its research and development capacity, and the new building more than doubles the company’s current building assets.

“We had outgrown our Ennis facility,” Eastham said. “The expansion of our manufacturing capacity and addition of new technology will help us maintain our leadership position of providing the highest quality products to the industries we serve.”

In addition to expanding its manufacturing and warehouse space, Polyguard also needed more space to create new products.

“All our research and development is now done in Corsicana,” Bischof said. “We needed to expand our lab as well.”

Eastham said the company invented 60 percent of the products it makes.

A two-story glass office is planned for completion by next year. The finished grounds will include an eight-foot fence with three controlled access gates. The entire area will be landscaped with a pond and pavilion to provide an appealing “gateway to Corsicana” for drivers exiting from Highway 45.

Interior amenities include a huge employee lounge area which will have vending machines and a big-screen television with an Xbox. Tile floors and wood ceilings give the break room a “lodge” feel and should be a welcome change from the otherwise industrial surroundings.

Polyguard tries to use local materials and contractors when possible.

“Watkins Development has been fabulous,” Eastham said.

“We use a lot of Corsicana labor,” Bischof said. “We use local hardware stores and lumber yards.”

Polyguard is a 100 percent employee-owned Employee Stock Ownership Plan and currently has two ESOP millionaires working with the company, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years.

An ESOP is a retirement plan which is in addition to the 401(k) and matching contribution already offered by the company. Its value is based on the stock price of the company.

Juan Alvarado, who has been an employee with the company for 30 years, has over half-a-million dollars in his ESOP and owns more than one percent of the company.

“Polyguard’s ESOP allows us to create a culture based on teamwork and pride,” Eastham said. “All the employees get a chance to share in the success of the company. Our employees act like owners because they are owners. They don’t have to contribute anything but work.”

Most operations will be moved to Corsicana by the end of June, with everything but the office moved by the end of 2017.

 The company plans to show off its finished plant with an open house toward the end of this year or the beginning of 2018.

“Our financial performance has been really good the last few years, but I believe it will be even better in the years to come,” Eastham said. “Our strategic goal is to double the size of the company again by 2020 through acquisitions and organic growth, and we’re well on the way to making that goal a reality.”

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Phenolic Insulation

Polyguard PolyPhen® Insulation as featured at IEEE GlobalSpec – Engineering 360 Direct:

Phenolic Insulation – A Wise Choice For Chilled Water Piping

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Chilled Water Systems: The Basics

Cool water is circulated to an electric chiller that lowers water temperature to around 45ºF or less. The chilled water is pumped to an air handling unit, where it captures ambient heat and disperses cool air. Large commercial and industrial systems may feature chillers weighing several hundred tons and a vast network of piping. By equipping each room with its own air handler, each area of a large building can be precisely cooled using a single chilled water system.

What is Phenolic Insulation?

Phenolic insulation for use in chilled water applications is produced in large buns. These buns are cut by insulation fabricators using automated computer profiling saws into pipe insulation sections to meet the required R value for a given project. Phenolic foam is a predominantly closed-cell material. Pairing closed-cell phenolic insulation with a good vapor barrier can result in a permeability rating of nearly 0.0, an ideal target for applications like chilled water where condensation is a concern.

Making Sense of Insulation Materials

The end result of these characteristics determine if a product is ideally suited to chilled pipe insulation. But every chilled water system varies, so when selecting insulation, a range of materials should be considered.

Thermo Resitance vs Vapor Permeablility Chart Graph

The chart above shows the balance between a material’s thermal resistance value (R=1/k, where k=thermal conductivity) and vapor permeability. High thermal resistance and low vapor permeability is desirable.

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How to Identify Termite Problems

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

Welcome to Week 5 of the TERM Barrier System blog!

We have a saying in pest management in the south and southeastern areas of the United States:

“It’s not if you get termites, it’s when!”

As I talk with homeowners, builders, and architects about the importance of including pest solutions from the beginning of the home planning process, I stress that termite problems are a major issue that will eventually need to be addressed. Termiticides, pesticides targeted for termites, are traditionally relied upon as the only form of termite control. However, research shows us that even with optimal application of a termiticide before the structure is built, the protection will not last the life of the structure.

TERM Barrier Sealants

For this reason, it is important to include barriers, like the ones we manufacture as part of the TERM® Barrier System, for long term protection of your home or structure against termites and other pests.

Prevent Termite Problems

Today, I’d like to outline a few signs that can be specific to a termite infestation in your home or building. If you think that you may have termites, please contact a licensed pest management professional. In many cases, your first termite inspection may be free!

Inside the home

  1. Suspected water damage

Suspected Water Damage    Suspected Water Damage

Once termites have entered the home, they can cause expensive damage to the home’s structure before the tenants even know there is a problem. Even without wood framing to consume, termites will consume anything that contains cellulose. This includes cabinets, flooring materials, furniture, and even the paper on the back of sheetrock. Signs of termite damage inside the home may initially appear to be water damage in the form of buckling, engorged floors or ceilings. This is due to termites consuming cellulose and subsequent weakening of the building materials. Termites will eat a piece of wood all the way up to the paint layer, leaving it to collapse if touched. Often, your fingers are great tools for “feeling out” weakening in the walls, floors, or furniture.


  1. Termite Droppings

Termite Droppings

Drywood termites leave fecal pellets, or frass, behind wherever they go and this is often a sign of an infestation. Drywood termite frass resembles small pellets, are around 1/25” long, and have elongated ridges. Fun fact: The ridges in termite fecal pellets are unique and a biological adaption developed by the termite to retain as much moisture as possible for nutrition. Be careful! Drywood termite pellets are often mistaken for sawdust and cleaned up without a thought. However, fecal pellets can be a sign of a full-blown drywood termite infestation.


  1. Termite Wings

Termite Wings

When termites swarm, the alates leave an existing colony, fly to a new location, and create a new colony. Alates are a particular life stage of male and female reproductive termites. Termites swarm once or several times a year, depending on species and environmental conditions, but in the south, we can always count on termites swarming around Mother’s Day. How nice, right?

When alate termites get to where they are going, they will lose their wings. Signs of a new infestation in the home can be seen when termite wings, which resemble transparent fish scales, are found near windows and doors.

Termite Wings 

Outside the home

  1. Mud tubes

Subterranean termite mud tubes are the most telling sign of a termite infestation in and around the home or structure. Mud tubes will be located on the surface of the vertical foundation and run from the soil in to the home. For a structure built with a crawl space, it is important to inspect the interior of the foundation wall, as well. Mud tubes are essential for subterranean termites, as they must maintain contact with the ground. These tubes allow the termites to regulate the temperature and relative humidity as they travel to and from the colony. Mud tubes can be disrupted by simply using a wire brush to clean the surface of the foundation, and then contacting a pest management professional for treatment options.

Finally, it is important to note that mud tubes are common both inside and outside the home.

Termite Mud Tubes

There are additional ways in which a pest management professional may locate a termite infestation, but these are the easiest to observe by home and property owners. While termiticide pretreatments and remediations are excellent forms of control, Integrated Pest Management is key to long-term termite management. Physical barriers like the ones we have developed in the TERM® Barrier System can provide long-term protection to the home building materials against termites and other pests.

For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com.

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Polyguard To Present At Building Envelope Symposium

DALLAS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. has been invited to participate in a Building Envelope Weatherization Symposium in Dallas and Austin next month.

David Leslie, Director of Technical Services for Polyguard’s Architectural Division, will be a panelist on May 2 at the Meridian Business Centers in Dallas on Tuesday, May 2. Phil Funkhouser, Southwest Regional Manager for Polyguard, will be on the panel Thursday, May 4 at the Peachtree Social House in Austin.

Representatives from industry leaders will be on hand to discuss a variety of topics related to protecting the building envelope. Polyguard will be on hand to discuss and answer questions regarding Chemical Resistant Membranes in an Integrated Building Envelope. The full day programs are CEU accredited programs.
“The building envelope represents approximately 10 percent of the building cost and Moisture Intrusion represents 90 percent of Construction Litigation,” according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. Polyguard is also a 100% employee-owned ESOP with 24 consecutive years of sales growth. [Read More…]

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tre Bischof at 214-515-5000 or email at Tbischof@polyguard.com


4 Steps You Can Take to Defend Zika

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

Welcome to Week 4 of the TERM Barrier System blog series! This week we will be stepping outside of our normal realm of termite management to look at a topic many of you may be worried about this time of year:  Zika Virus. Read on for 4 ways to defend Zika!

Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Specifically, Ae. aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, and Ae. albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito. Infection can occur many ways, but the most common are:

Through mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes are often known to bite during dawn and dusk. However, the species of mosquitoes that transmit Zika have been known to bite during the day. Insect vectors transmit the pathogen by feeding on an infected person then subsequently feeding on a different person, during which infection occurs.

From mother to child

A pregnant woman may pass the Zika virus to her child in utero which can cause significant abnormalities. According to the CDC, there have been no reported cases to date of Zika being transmitted through breastfeeding.

Through sex

An infected person may transmit Zika virus to their partner though sex. Transmission can occur before symptoms start or after symptoms cease.


Protect Your Family from Zika




As entomologists, we extensively study the disease cycle to control transmission. The disease cycle contains three components: the host, the vector, and the pathogen. In the case of Zika virus, a human is the host, Zika is the pathogen, and the mosquito is the vector. It takes all of these components to accelerate the virus.

Defend Zika

To end the disease cycle, we can remove just one of those components and end the disease. To do this, entomologists use integrated pest management to effectively control the vector: the mosquito.

Let’s take a look at a few common backyard mosquito breeding locations.

Mosquitoes must have water to complete their life cycle, as the eggs are laid in water and complete their immature stages there. There are many sources of water in your backyard, some of which you may not have realized were there. Simply maintaining fresh water sources and emptying standing water containers can cut the population of insects down drastically.


Common Backyard Mosquito Sources


In addition to sanitation of water around your home, there are several steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes from biting. These are easily remembered as the 4 D’s of Mosquito Protection.

  1. Dusk & Dawn

Reduced exposure to mosquitoes is key in defending yourself. As mentioned above, mosquitoes are known to feed at all times of the day, but dawn and dusk hours are peak times for mosquito feeding.

  1. Dress

Proper clothing can help prevent mosquitoes from biting you. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting attire.

  1. Defend

Wear repellant! EPA-approved products containing DEET and other active ingredients have shown tremendous efficacy in keeping mosquitoes away.

  1. Drain

Standing water is required for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. If you as a homeowner remove any source of stagnant water, you can cut your mosquito population down without ever having to spray a pesticide.


mosquito protection


As the weather gets warmer, mosquitoes will begin to get more numerous. Take a look back at these tips throughout the season to help you and your family make it through the summer and fall months.

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Cassie Krejci at ckrejci@polyguard.com. Any statement included is intended to be informational and should not be mistaken for medical advice.

Polyguard Earns 1st Place in National Video Contest

ENNIS, TX – The National Center for Employee Ownership announced Polyguard Products Inc. was the winner of its inaugural video contest earlier this month at its annual conference in Denver. The purpose of the video contest, open to all Employee Stock Ownership Plan companies throughout the nation, was to highlight the benefits of employee ownership and focus on the culture behind what makes those companies so unique.

“We’re proud of our culture of employee ownership and it’s great to be recognized by our peers as a first-rate ESOP Company,” said President Shawn Eastham, who was in attendance for the announcement. “We pride ourselves in hiring the best of the best, and this further exemplifies the talent level of our employee owners.”

Polyguard employee owners Cecilio Acosta and Emily Abrams were the directors on this year’s video project which can be found on YouTube by searching Polyguard as well as on the www.polyguard.com website.

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. Polyguard is also a 100% employee-owned ESOP with 24 consecutive years of sales growth.

The NCEO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership and research organization with over 3,000 members that was founded in 1981 to provide most objective and reliable information possible on employee ownership.

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What is Integrated Pest Management?

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

Welcome to week 3 of the TERM® Barrier System blog series! In other posts on our website and social media accounts, you have seen the words integrated pest management, or IPM, many times. I’m taking the opportunity this week to explain why this concept is extremely important to pest management.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecological approach to the control of target pests in which all available necessary control techniques are systematically consolidated into a unified program. The goal of an IPM program is to manage pest populations while avoiding economic damage and minimizing adverse side effects.

A great IPM program implies understanding of:

Integrated Pest Management

Ecosystem • Communities • Niche • Insects


So, why are IPM programs important?

Urban environments, such as where we suffer the most economic damage from termites, are characterized by several factors:

  1. They are dominated by humans & companion animals
  2. They are shared by more than just humans & pets: aesthetic trees & shrubs, businesses with pets and plants, and wild animals.
  3. Micro-climates, or subsets of the environment, have higher humidity and temperatures.
  4. Speaking of climate, indoor climates are more abundant, which make great, stable places for insect growth.

Integrated pest management programs are ongoing – they never truly end. Once the steps, described below, are completed, it’s important to continue monitoring for a pest population and use sanitation or barriers to keep the pests from returning.

Steps of IPM Programs

1. Monitor pest populations

This is an important first step – identify the target organism! Proper identification of the insect is critical in management.

2. Develop a management plan

This includes many different tactics – Think IPM pyramid!

Integrated Pest Management Pyramid 

  1. Cultural & Sanitation Methods
    This tactic suppresses pest problems by restricting their requisites for life such as water, food, and shelter. For example, removing sources of standing water from a yard can reduce the population of mosquitos.
  2. Physical & Mechanical Methods
    These methods prevent pest access to an area or host, or, if the pests are already present, removing them with a device. The TERM® Barrier Systems are physical and mechanical barriers to termites and other pests, as they physically restrict access without the use of pesticides.
  3. Biological Methods
    This tactic uses predators and parasites of target pests to suppress pest populations. There are several ways this control method can be integrated, including:
    – introduction of a new biological control species specific to pests, or,
    – purchasing and releasing more naturally occurring biological control organisms, or,
    – preservation of naturally occurring biocontrol organisms.
  4. Chemical Methods
    This is the most traditional for of pest control, and often the first sought: Pesticides. However, proceed with care, as chemicals are the most hazardous and most expensive form of control.

3. Implement plan

Put it to work!

4. Evaluate & Re-implement plan

It is important to remember to evaluate the results and modify if needed. Ask yourself,

– Did your IPM program have the desired effect?
– Was the pest prevented or managed to your satisfaction?
– Were there any unintended side effects?
– What will you change in the future?


The IPM pyramid, as shown above, reflects the control tactics in a recommended balance of use. Similar to fats & sugars on a food pyramid, pesticides are listed at the top. This is because, while they should be a part of the IPM program, pesticides should be used only as needed. This is because they can be dangerous when over- or misused. Pesticides also happen to be the most expensive form of control.

Sanitation and cultural controls are located at the bottom of the IPM pyramid because they are often the most effective, least effective, and least hazardous to implement.

I could teach an entire semester of class about integrated pest management (some people do!), but there are a few things to remember:

  • IPM is the way of the future.
  • IPM will work in solving problems with pest populations- just follow the steps outlined above!
  • Use the less expensive and safer tactics for control before moving up the pyramid.

We work each day to teach IPM to architects, home designers, and pest management professionals. Think of the TERM® Team as the bridge between architects and pest management professionals, with homeowners benefitting! The TERM® Barrier System, when integrated in to the building envelope acts as a physical/mechanical barrier to termites and other pests.

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For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com.

What is GreenPro & How TERM® Can Help

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

GreenPro GreenPro Certifiedmay be a program you have yet to hear about, but my hope is that as a pest management professional, you are interested!

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers a green pest control certification called GreenPro. GreenPro is the world’s largest and most credible green certification program for pest management professionals and recognizes companies within the pest management industry that are committed to providing commercial and residential customers with reduced risk, comprehensive, and effective pest control services.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a practice that employs the use of all available techniques to control a target pest. This is a common sense approach to treating and controlling pests that we, as pest management professionals, are taught repeatedly as we learn the trade. Tactics for a sound IPM program include inspection, identification of target organisms and the conducive conditions that allow the populations to grow, and solutions that include pesticides, biological control organisms, physical/mechanical barriers, and sanitation practices. A follow up and re-evaluation of the program is the final step and is often one of the most important, as target organisms and conducive conditions change over time.

When dealing with urban pests, such as termites and ants, pesticides have shown incredible efficacy. However, when searching for additional forms of control to build an IPM program for a customer, pest management professionals can feel limited.

TERM® Barrier System is your solution.

Four primary products make up the TERM® Barrier system: Membrane, Sealant, Particle Barrier and MicroMesh. We manufacture everything in Ennis, Texas, and each of these products can be customized each of your unique customers. These products are more than just mechanical barriers – they are also moisture/vapor barriers and designed for areas that may have never had insect exclusion opportunities.

For example, the TERM® All-Pest Bath Trap Barrier utilizes all four products to keep termites, ants, scorpions, and other pests from entering the home through bath traps and other foundation leave-out areas. The TERM® Sealant is great for sealing plumbing penetrations on the slab, which can often become primary entry points for pests over time. Additionally, TERM® products have been combined to create solutions for well house structures, which can often be tricky structures to treat with chemical.

The best part about the TERM® Barrier System? It is completely pesticide free. You, as a pest control professional, may use as much as is needed to complement your IPM program.

The TERM® Barrier System has recently been certified as a GreenPro partner. We worked with NPMA’s QualityPro certification program to design the TERM® Barrier System installation protocol to be in compliance with GreenPro standards. To earn this credential, integrate the TERM® Barrier System into your service and contact NPMA to finalize your GreenPro service certification.

For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com. Next week, we will take a closer look at integrated pest management and talk about why it’s important.


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