Parker is celebrating the opening of our Polymer Innovation Center at Parflex Division in Ravenna, Ohio USA, our leading thermoplastic and fluoropolymer hose, tubing and accessories operation; serving market segments such as transportation, medical, life sciences, oil and gas, construction and marine.
Special Event Announcement Update: To honor Parker's Chairman, CEO and President Don Washkewicz, our new Polymer Innovation Center has been named on his behalf.
The new Donald E. Washkewicz Polymer Innovation Center is a 24,000 square foot facility constructed within the Parflex Division headquarters that consolidates research and development activities into one location with the capability to pilot and prototype innovative new products with close customer collaboration.
The Donald E. Washkewicz Polymer Innovation Center was made possible through a $2.3 million funding commitment from Ohio’s Third Frontier Research and Development Center Program and a $15 million investment from Parker. The University of Akron and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation have also collaborated with Parker on the project which is expected to create 34 high-technology and engineering jobs. The facility currently employs more than 300 people.
“We are excited to announce the new Polymer Innovation Center in the state where we have our global headquarters, as well as 29 other locations,” said Don Washkewicz, chairman, CEO and president of Parker Hannifin and former general manager of the Parflex Division. “As a former general manager of Parflex, I am especially proud of the advances this division has made in its 32 years and the contributions it makes to the many industries it serves.”
The Donald E. Washkewicz Polymer Innovation Center is charged with creating, testing and providing innovative new materials and products for use across a wide spectrum of industries, including a focus on medical polymers through its collaboration with the University of Akron and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The facility includes a support lab, processing area, five-story polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) paste tower for medical tubing development, as well as offices and conference space.
“The Parflex Division is proud to work with our northeast Ohio partners in what we believe is one of the premier polymer and rapid prototyping complexes in the world,” said Mark Gagnon, general manager, Parflex Division. “The Polymer Innovation Center will certainly expand our capability to solve our customers’ problems and provide value-added solutions."