GLOBAL EXPERTS IN ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYMER
STOCK SHAPES AND PARTS

DRAKE PLASTICS COMPANY OVERVIEW

Drake Plastics Ltd. Co. offers customers unmatched capabilities and competence in extruding, injection molding, post-processing and machining ultra high-performance polymers. It’s a level of expertise built on over twenty-five years of dedicated experience and successes in converting these polymers into stock shapes and machined and molded parts.

Our primary polymer products include Torlon® PAI, PEEK, Ryton® R-4 PPS, AvaSpire® PAEK and UltemTM PEI.  All require a solid base of experience and technical know-how to process. We extrude these materials into stock shapes in the world’s widest range of sizes and configurations and supply them to machine shops globally. We also convert our stock shapes into highly specialized Precision Machined Parts and Prototypes in our own facility, and our Injection Molding operation turns these ultra high-performance polymers into molded parts that serve a wide range of industries.

Drake develops applications for ultra high-performance polymers by working with diverse customers and organizations,  from OEMs and government departments and agencies to universities, distributors and fabricators. We ship products around the world from our Cypress, Texas facility, the largest in the world dedicated to processing these polymers. Our sales offices in Belgium, Germany, France and Taiwan lend local support for our global clients.

Product and Process Development of ultra high-performance polymers in new formulations and applications is another Drake Plastics capability with deep roots in our history and culture. Our initial customers’ applications required a great deal of creative joint development work, and we continue this approach on a far wider scale today. Groundbreaking advancements and processing inventions add to the new application successes that we continue to achieve with our customers. Our ongoing focus: provide unique solutions that are not available elsewhere.

To back it all up, our AS9100D Quality Management System certification and procedures support not just rigorous requirements of our aerospace and defense clients, but all customers regardless of industry.

THE BIRTH OF A UNIQUE COMPANY

Since March 1996 DRAKE has produced what no one else could or would.

In 1996, Steve Quance recognized an opportunity to serve customers who faced obstacles getting machinable stock shapes made from specialty grades of Torlon® PAI polymer.

Major stock shape producers were focused on maximizing output and machine utilization. Niche grades in the Torlon PAI ultra high-performance polymer family didn’t fit those metrics. These unique products had begun to gain traction for their benefits over metal and ceramics in severe temperature, load and chemical environments, but small orders were the norm.

Processing required specialized extrusion equipment and dedicated competence for reliable production. Customers who had specified stock shapes made from non-stocked grades of Torlon PAI were often placed at the back of the line on service or faced with discontinued products.

As Advanced Products Manager for a major stock shapes supplier, Quance lived the difficulties his customers faced. He also saw the market potential for Torlon PAI and materials like it. However, their specialized applications meant relatively small order sizes long-term. And to proliferate their use, the high value of these products dictated producing multiple efficient sizes to minimize machining waste in each application. Both factors conflicted with major suppliers’ manufacturing cultures.

Atlantic Research Corporation (ARC) was the catalyst that motivated Quance to invest in extruding Torlon PAI stock shapes and align his business with market and customer realities. ARC had specified glass-reinforced Torlon 5030 PAI for a flight-critical component for the Javelin missile program. The shapes supplier discontinued the product.  ARC had contracts in hand, but no source for machinable stock shapes in this challenging material.

With a hard-specified material and no viable supply options, ARC confronted a dilemma that demanded a radical solution. They found it in Drake Plastics.  This start-up would establish itself – and set the course for its future – based on producing the needed Torlon product.

The company’s personally-invested entrepreneur had a clear vision and a customer. He also had the intuitive technical skills to understand how these difficult materials should be processed. On that foundation, Quance and his small team at Drake Plastics succeeded in building a strong and growing business, doing what no other supplier could or would. After over 25 years, Drake Plastics continues the momentum, with existing and new customers expanding applications for Drake’s extruded shapes and machined and molded parts made from several ultra high-performance polymer families.

Since March of 1996, our growth has been seeded by individual customers who needed a product or capability that did not previously exist. We continue to produce to perfection what no others can or will. We respect and understand what each customer values and work together to deliver it anywhere in the world.

And we aspire to long-term relationships: Drake still makes the Javelin parts that started it all.

About our name:

Family legend claims Sir Francis Drake as an ancestor. His flagship, the Golden Hind, serves as our logo. His words characterize our values and culture.
“Auxilio Divino” or  “with divine help” comes from the Drake family crest. His “Sic Parvis Magna” translates as “greatness from small beginnings.”
His words have set Drake Plastics’ course.

DRAKE MISSION STATEMENT AND CORE VALUES

To provide advanced polymer solutions that enhance the performance of our customer’s products and processes.

Our strengths are technical expertise, exceptional customer service and broad processing capabilities including product and process development, extrusion, injection molding and precision machining.

Additionally, we:

  • Honor our commitments. Settle all just debts within terms.
  • Safely produce quality products and deliver them on time.
  • Achieve sufficient profit to finance company growth and provide resources needed to achieve other objectives.
  • Let growth be limited only by our profits and ability to identify, develop and produce products that satisfy customer needs.
  • Be good stewards of our environment and an asset to our community.
  • Bestow all people with love, respect and honesty so that the presence of God in our hearts may be evident to all, and through our growth this presence expanded.

Auxilio Divino!

Drake Plastics’ logo is a depiction of Sir Francis Drake’s favorite ship, The Golden Hind. The DRAKE crest has the hand of God guiding the ship with the inscription, Auxilio Divino, on the arm. Translation: With Divine Help. Quance Family legend holds that Sir Francis Drake was a distant ancestor, with both families hailing from the Devon, England area.
Auxilio Divino is also the charitable arm of Drake Plastics and operates as a 501(c)3 for the purpose of scholarships and providing aid in times of hardships.

THE DRAKE TECHNOLOGY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT TEAM

Dedication and expertise unmatched in
ultra high-performance polymer stock shapes and components.

Wayne Free, Global Sales Manager

Wayne Free, Vice President of Global Sales

Wayne has over 30 years’ experience in ultra-performance polymers, accompanied by a rich background in precision plastic parts and material selection.

Shawn Miller, Sales Engineer

Shawn Miller, Sales Engineer

Shawn is available to answer technical & application questions, offer sales support, and quote precision ultra-performance polymer parts.

Tom Heylen

Tom Heylen, European Director

Tom is located in Belgium and is available to assist you with sales and technical support.

Anye Chifen, Technical Director

Based out of Germany, Dr. Chifen is available to assist you with sales and technical support.

Michael Ker, Sales Manager-Asia

Located in Taiwan, Michael is available to assist you with sales and technical support.

Lenny Wojtaszczyk, Injection Molding Manager

Len is a certified Master Molder with a BS in Computer Science degree as well as an MBA in Project Management. Len has over two decades of tool design and Injection Molding of Ultra Polymers. This foundation and experience equip Len to provide Drake customers with creative, economical, and robust solutions.

Doug Warren, Production Manager, Fabrication

Doug has a background in management, sales, manufacturing and ERP systems. He works with Drake’s CNC specialists, technical sales and quality professionals to help provide Drake’s fabrication/machining capabilities and solutions for customer’s parts and production needs delivered on time.

Tyler Quance, Engineering Manager

Tyler Quance, Engineering Manager

Tyler graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He is now a licensed PE in Texas. Tyler manages a team of six engineers and technical professionals that are focused on materials and machine design. He and his team support plastic melt process manufacturing and develop new process technologies to ensure Drake Plastics and the products offered stay on the pointy end of innovation, efficiency, and quality world wide.

Donny Burleigh, Business Administrator

Donny Burleigh, Business Administrator

Donny has a wide-range of experience creating solutions in the manufacturing and service business.

Annie Clark, Vice President of Administration

Annie Clark, Vice President of Administration

Annie began her career with Drake in 2007 working as a customer service specialist and now manages the Customer Service Department, Fabrication orders, working closely with the international team on international orders. For over 13 years, Annie enjoys the customer contact and the customer service group and assists both in any way she can.

Stacy Cahak, Key Accounts & Customer Quality Manager

Stacy has been at Drake for 12 years and focuses on customer service with a specialization in: quality control, material testing, certifications, specifications, and unique requirements for aerospace and medical applications. Stacy enjoys working directly with customers and the rest of the Drake team to ensure delivery of both products and documentation that meet the rigorous demands of the high-performance plastic products supplied by both Drake Plastics and Drake Medical Plastics.

Katherine Veazey, Customer Service Specialist

Katherine Veazey, Customer Service Specialist

Katherine joined DRAKE in 2019 as part of the Customer Service Team. She has over 20 years of customer service and focuses on the international customer orders.

Cameron Yonts, Customer Service Specialist

Cameron Yonts, Customer Service Specialist

Cameron began his career with DRAKE in 2019 as Customer Service Specialist. Cameron has over 15 years of experience in customer service and focuses on the North American customer base for DRAKE.

Benita Engle, Quality Director

Benita Engle, Quality Director

Benita is focused on the practical utilization of quality systems. Starting with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, her 20+ years in various manufacturing industries has made her an expert in Quality Management Systems. She is focused on continual improvement of the systems at Drake Plastics to ensure the continued delivery of quality products to our customers.

Susan Racca, Communications Marketing Manager

Susan Racca, Communications Marketing Manager

From press releases to internal communications, Susan enjoys keeping everyone informed and sharing the Drake Difference. Susan has worked for DRAKE in multiple capacities for six years.

Linda Joyce, Senior Accountant

Linda Joyce, Senior Accountant

Manages all accounting functions inclusive of accounts payable, accounts receivable, semi-monthly payroll preparation and financial reporting.

Steve Quance, President

Steve Quance, President

With over two decades of customer centric proprietorship focused on creative ultra-polymer manufacturing, new application development and fostering product extensions that solve problems.

The DRAKE Difference

Service-Integrity-Expertise