Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

How Did They Make That?

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

How Did They Make That?

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I am a carpenter's son. I can close my eyes even now, years after spending countless hours at my father's side, and smell the fragrance of oak, ash, or yellow pine sawdust produced by table saws, routers and sanders.

One of the benefits of being a carpenter's son is developing an appreciation of craftsmanship. To me, a perfect 45-degree miter joint is a work of art and few things are more sensuous than the velvet feel of unfinished cabinetry just sanded and ready for a coat of paint or stain.

Had my manual dexterity matched my appreciation for craftsmanship, I might have followed my father's noble profession. In spite of the fact that my miter joints are still laughable, I am fascinated with all kinds of machine tools, workshops, and how things are made.

If you haven't been in a manufacturing facility lately, you might not realize they are loaded with high tech. Even though their products might not be considered high tech, they employ state-of- the-art tools, processes, materials, designs, and know-how to do the job.

Look around you. Pick out just about any object. Study the intricacies, precision, and utility of its function and design. It is the product of human ingenuity and labor. Then notice the dozens, no, hundreds of objects around you that are man-made. Pretty incredible, huh?

If you study the objects long enough, you might find yourself asking in amazement, "How did they make that?"

In earlier times, master craftsmen would use wood, hammer, saws, chisels and nails to create devices for just about every modern convenience. But today, we have products made of exotic materials in complex, seamless shapes. Some are molded, some are milled, others extruded. Someone, somewhere, had to develop knowledge of the materials to be used for modern day creations, and someone, somewhere, had to develop through trial and error, the method for production.

That someone, somewhere, could be a small company like TPM2 Inc., located in Bartlesville, where thermoplastic advanced composites is the product of the day and where technique, developed right here in Oklahoma's back yard, is of such quality, that companies are beating a path to their door.

TPM2 was created in 1997 as an outgrowth of the privately owned Thermoplastic Pultrusions Inc. Dr. Scott Taylor was the founder of Thermoplastic Pultrusions and is the developer of the technology that produced a thermoplastic advanced composite that is stronger than steel with properties that do not transfer heat or cold.

Taylor is considered by many to be an international expert on thermoplastic advanced composites but talent in such a field does not automatically make you an expert in marketing or the "bottom line," as some prefer to say.

Enter John Martens, with a wealth of experience in marketing and business and a plan that will take Dr. …

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