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Morbern Welcomes West Coast Rep

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Morbern, the leading North American designer and manufacturer of upholstery vinyl for commercial interior, marine and automotive markets, announces that Chris Zappala has joined the company as the sales agent for the West Coast.  Zappala will lead the company’s presence in California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and focus his efforts on the contract market, marine aftermarket and the automotive aftermarket. He officially joined the Morbern team March 23.

 

“Chris brings a wealth of experience in both coated fabrics and the architecture and design community,” said Morbern’s Director of Sales, Jordan Feltrup-Exum. Zappala will report to Feltrup-Exum. “In addition, his extensive network of contacts in the West will ensure Morbern’s growth in the region.”

 

Previously, Zappala spent nine years with Uniroyal Engineered Products, where he managed West Coast OEM and A&D accounts for coated fabrics. He also has experience in the kitchen and bath, and hospitality furnishings industries.

 

Zappala is a graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor’s in biochemistry.

Morbern Announces General Manager for Shanghai

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Morbern, the leading North American designer and manufacturer of vinyl for commercial interior, marine and automotive markets announces the appointment of Zhi Jun Xu (Marshall) as the General Manager of Morbern New Materials Shanghai as of April 30th 2018.

Marshall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from East China Normal University (Shanghai) and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He has 15 years of experience as a Technical Support Engineer for Quli Petrochemical, 4 years as Project Manager of Plasticon Canada and 10 years as General Manager of 3 Chinese manufacturing and trading entities owned by Plasticon Canada.

Marshall’s broad technical and managerial skills from multicultural businesses will be the stepping stone to support Morbern’s journey in China. He will have the overall responsibility to complete the setup and drive the development of Morbern New Material Shanghai.

Morbern’s International Growth Heads East

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Morbern, the leading North American designer and manufacturer of vinyl for commercial interior, marine and automotive markets announces its latest international expansion with a new office in Shanghai, China.

Opening July 1 of this year, the Morbern New Materials Office will broaden the company’s international footprint.

“This expansion confirms our position as a global supplier,” said Morbern CEO Mark Bloomfield. “We now have the capability to quickly service customers not only in North American and Europe, but also Asia.”

The Shanghai office will allow Morbern to more efficiently access raw materials for use in its North American factories. It will work with suppliers in Asia on pricing, deliveries and quality control.

Morbern’s growth outside North America began several years ago with the hiring of a European sales manager, based in England. The company now has more than 20 customers with sales in 16 countries throughout Europe.

Morbern Grows Midwest Marine Presence

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Morbern, the leading North American designer and manufacturer of upholstery vinyl for commercial interiors, announces that S.M. Osgood Company will join the Morbern team as sales agents for the marine OEM market in the Midwest.

“S.M. Osgood is known for their ability to drive sales and market growth,” said Morbern’s Director of Sales, Jordan Feltrup-Exum. “The company is an excellent choice to help us expand our footprint in the marine market.”

Working on the Morbern team will be Brandon Dekker (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio), Todd Farland (Iowa), Jeremy Gansen (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin), Sherry Gendron (sales and marketing), Tim Leuhmann (Iowa, Nebraska), Terry Sapko (Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas) and Jeff Smith (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri). All will report to Feltrup-Exum.

S.M. Osgood was founded in 1960 by Bud Osgood to serve companies focused on the marine market. Today, the company is organized as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that covers more than 15 states in the Midwest.

While S.M. Osgood’s main office and warehouse are in Bloomington, Minnesota, they also have an office and warehouse in Elkhart, Indiana, with an additional four satellite offices strategically located in proximity to the accounts they serve.

Morbern Gains IMO-MED Certification

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Morbern, the leading North American designer and manufacturer of upholstery vinyl for commercial interiors, received its International Maritime Organization Marine Equipment Directive, or IMO MED, certification.

The MED sets performance and testing standards for marine equipment placed on board European Union ships. The certification is mutually recognized by both the European Union and the United States. Each certificate remains valid for five years.

“This additional quality standard achievement will open new doors for Morbern and its distribution network in Europe,” said Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John Weaver.

Products approved by the certification include numerous Morbern marine and contract vinyls, all of which passed vigorous testing. This approval underscores the quality of Morbern’s vinyl products, developed to withstand the toughest marine environments. The MED certification’s icon, the “wheel mark” accreditation, will be included on all new product cards, indicating the company’s vinyl can be specified for large vessels and passenger ships.

Morbern’s Career Event

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Are you interested in full-time employment with an excellent starting rate and benefits? If you are, then Morbern just might be the place for you!

Morbern is holding a career event on March 15th, 2018 and the Cornwall facility. The event will be from 9am to 4pm.

The address is 80 Boundary Road, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5V3.

If you are unable to make it to the event, please send your resume to recruiting@morbern.com.

Hope to see you then!

Official flyer: Career Event_March 15 2018

 

Morbern Applauded for Environmental Agreement

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The Vinyl Institute of Canada in conjunction with Environment and Climate Change Canada recently recognized Morbern for its continued work to protect the environment.

Morbern, a leading manufacturer of vinyl upholstery with corporate headquarters in Cornwall, Ontario, and U.S. offices in High Point, received a Letter of Achievement for fully implementing the 2008 – 2013 Environmental Performance Agreement with respect to the use of tin stabilizers in the vinyl industry.

The agreement is unprecedented in the plastics industry in Canada. Never before has a regulatory body issued a joint letter with an industry association. The agreement sets standards for the use of tin stabilizers to ensure they don’t leech into the aquatic environment and the wildlife which it feeds.

The agreement is one of many environmentally-focused initiatives implemented by Morbern. This accomplishment comes alongside their new multi-million-dollar facility started in 2015 which reduces energy, solvent and water usage. This facility is planned to be operational in September 2017.

New Facility Lessens Environmental Impact

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Environmental responsibility is front and center during the building of Morbern’s 20,000-square-foot expansion in Cornwall, Ontario.

The $9 million project adds manufacturing space and introduces new technology that allows the company to improve efficiencies and reduce waste.

“The advancements in our manufacturing process and facilities are exciting,” said Morbern Vice President of Sales Doug McClendon. “We’re thrilled about the impact these changes will have.”

Key initiatives include:

  • Water conservation: Installing close loop cooling circuits will reduce water consumption by 75 percent to 80 percent, taking their water usage from 335,000 cubic meters per year to below 88,000 cubic meters.
  • Emissions reduction: A new coater in the ink room will reduce fume emissions by 50 percent.
  • Waste reduction: The ink room’s new coater operates more efficiently than previous equipment, reducing waste disposal by 20 percent.

Morbern expects the expanded facility to be operational by January 2017.