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Grove City, Ohio — Auto parts injection molder and blow molder Tigerpoly Manufacturing Inc. plans to invest $10.7 million in its Grove City operations. The plant is the Osaka, Japan-based company’s only U.S. manufacturing site. The plans, disclosed Sept. 9, will add 105,000 square feet of space to the company’s 32-year-old Grove City facility and create about 40 jobs.

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that an elastic polymer possesses broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, allowing it to kill a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria in just minutes – including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory, in partnership with several universities, has investigated the effects of space weather damage to polyimides, materials used extensively in spacecraft construction due to their high heat resistance.

The parent company of Green Line Polymers acquired the parent company of Champion Polymer Recycling in a purchase valued at over $1 billion. Hilliard, Ohio-headquartered Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) bought Old Saybrook, Conn.-based Infiltrator Water Technologies (IWT) for $1.08 billion, according to a press release.

We seem to be getting better at making things that aren’t real appear real. From Beyond Meat to porcelain tiles that effectively mimic marble, these reproductions sometimes offer benefits that improve on the real deal. Producing meatless meat is better for the environment, while porcelain tile is more durable than marble.

The lunar lander that took Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon 50 years ago needed to be strong, safe and lightweight. On July 20, 1969, when the Apollo 11 team successfully stepped onto the lunar surface, plastics and other strong, lightweight materials helped make it happen — often not alone, but in combination with rubber, aluminum, other metals and high-tech fabrics.

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