Technical Service Department Added at Puritan Products

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As a resource for our current customers and prospective customers, we have added a technical service department.  If you are calling in to our main number press option 3 to go directly to technical service.  If you would rather send an email, go to the Contact Us page on our website and click on Technical Service either on the left sidebar or in the body of the page.  

New Domestic Source of cGMP NaOH Solutions!

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GMP Manufactured Sodium Hydroxide Solutions

Puritan Products has added the capability to manufacture sodium hydroxide solutions from multi-compendial pellets and USP validated water.  The system is constructed of a 316 Stainless Steel, jacketed, agitated tank, and designed to be controlled with an HMI (human-machine interface) connected to a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system. This design allows for tight control of the manufacturing process required to produce sodium hydroxide under cGMP conditions.  

 

The system also features an ergonomic, operator-friendly method for introducing the multi-compendial pellets to the feed hopper and process tank.  This facilitates fast turn-around of manufacturing with lot sizes up to 6000 liters.  The design also provides the capability to easily manufacture custom concentrations which can be packaged to your unique production requirements.

Sodium hydroxide solutions are one of the most commonly used materials in biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes and many companies are challenged with several key issues ranging from:

  •  outsourcing to free up manufacturing resources vs. making the  solution in-house
  •  qualifying another domestic source to solidify their supply chain
  •  upgrading from reagent grade to a traceable, GMP material

If your company is working to resolve any of these issues, Puritan Products can assist.

 

Optimize Your Raw Material Supply Chain

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Pharma and Biopharma companies are facing greater challenges to manage and secure their supply chains. The trend is to streamline internal operations via outsourcing the production of solutions and chemical blends that were previously produced in-house.

The dilemma has been how to streamline internal operations while still maintaining the quality and traceability of raw materials.

As a GMP compliant and FDA registered company that has been manufacturing custom products for 25 years, Puritan Products has a passion for manufacturing excellence. The quick turnaround and the secure and transparent raw material supply chain make Puritan Products the manufacturer of choice for your most demanding requirements.

For more information on the capabilities of Puritan Products to manufacture your solution or chemical blend, click here.

Puritan Products, Inc. Partners with Zabel Capital

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Lou Di Renzo
President and General Manager
Puritan Products, Inc.
610-866-4225, ext. 21

 

Puritan Products, Inc. Partners with Zabel Capital

 

BETHLEHEM, Pa.,  (Dec. 5, 2012) – Puritan Products, Inc. is pleased to announce it has partnered with Zabel Capital, a private investment firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Puritan elected to work with Zabel due to its partnership philosophy, unique and substantial capital base, and experience investing in businesses similar to Puritan.  Zabel Capital is not a private equity fund.  In contrast, Zabel employs a patient investment strategy focused on building high-quality companies over the long-term.  “We’re very excited about our new partnership with Zabel Capital,” said Lou Di Renzo, Puritan’s President and General Manager.  “In comparison to the short-term ‘fuse’ associated with private equity firms, Zabel’s long-term strategy and unique source of capital appealed to us on a variety of levels,” he added.  Puritan’s access to Zabel’s capital and other resources enables the company to significantly scale the superior service and value brought to its customers, and better positions the company for continued organic and acquisition driven growth. The dedicated management and other key members of the Puritan team, who have served the Company so effectively in the past, remain in place, and will continue to lead the organization moving forward. 

About Puritan Products, Inc.

Founded in 1987 and based in Bethlehem, PA, Puritan Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high purity, custom-blended and specialty chemicals. These products are used in research and quality control applications and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics and other industrial markets. For more information, visit www.puritanproducts.com.

 

About Zabel Capital

Based in Charlotte, NC, Zabel Capital is a private investment firm dedicated to partnering with management teams to build privately held companies over the long term. Zabel focuses on investments in the middle market, or in companies with revenue up to $100 million.  Whether through a buyout, recapitalization or injection of growth capital, Zabel's strategy is to work closely with management teams to grow the business and build value for all parties involved. For more information, visit www.zabelcapital.com.  

NITRIC ACID--Force Majeure

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Re: Force Majeure—Nitric Acid

On Tuesday, May 15th an explosion occurred at El Dorado Chemical terminating all nitric acid manufacturing.  No injuries were reported, but extensive damage was sustained.  An update on June 5, 2012 from El Dorado indicated that it is unlikely that repair of the 98% Nitric Acid plant is feasible.  El Dorado does intend to rebuild and resume manufacturing, but it is unknown at this time when manufacturing will begin.

Puritan Products does not directly purchase 98% Nitric Acid from El Dorado Chemical; however, our supplier’s sub-suppliers do purchase and blend 98% and 65% Nitric Acid to produce material to Puritan Products’ specifications.  Upon notification of the El Dorado explosion, our suppliers indicated they had multiple sources and we were assured of continued supply.  This week, the Nitric Acid supply in the US market tightened considerably leading one supplier to declare force majeure.  Our own ability to obtain Nitric Acid has also been severely impacted.  In light of these market conditions, Puritan Products is also declaring force majeure on all concentrations and blends of Nitric Acid until the supply channels are completely restored.  We will keep you informed as new information comes to light.

We regret any inconvenience this situation may cause you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are questions or issues we can address regarding this announcement.  As always, we thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

With best regards,

 

Erik S. Nowery

Product Manager

Phone:  (610) 866-4225 X 47

e-mail:  enowery@puritanproducts.com

Chempax Impacts Puritan’s Business in Positive and Productive Ways

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It’s ERP delivers ROI each and every day.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has been around for some time. Datacor’s Chempax has been a part of Puritan’s operations for many years. Prior to the recent ERP implementation, it was used mainly “behind the scenes.” Orders still had to be handwritten and circulated to numerous personnel.

Complexity Fuels Inefficiency

A complex system of paperwork existed to ensure product wasn’t shipped prior to approval from applicable departments. The lab ran an entirely separate Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database. As business grew, these manual systems became increasingly cumbersome. System failure concerns grew exponentially. So the Chempax Batch Module was added in 2007 to create finished goods, relieve inventory of raw materials and packing supplies, and add labor costs to products; processes previously entered manually.

Lou DiRenzo, President of Puritan Products and Christine Uttard, Administrative Manager, originally looked into optimizing the program some years ago. However, the expense was considered impractical at that time. Later, when the company achieved ISO certification, program optimization was looked at again. During that same time, the lab was in need of a LIMS. While Chempax (Batch) did a lot with regard to inventory, its laboratory analysis module did not adequately meet the company’s requirements. Some robust LIMS systems—also capable of supporting inventory and accounting—were considered. It was felt they did not meet those needs as well as Chempax, so the two systems remained separate.

The Move to ERP Takes TLC

Puritan’s decision to move into the pharma/bio industries and obtain cGMP certification called for a much higher level of documentation and accuracy. Puritan reconnected with Fred Wookey of Management Results to assist in determining what the best options would be. The decision was made to optimize the use of Chempax, linking it with the LIMS system.

Chempax ERP was chosen because it is:

  • Designed specifically for the chemical industry (robust lot tracking system)

  • Written in Microsoft® Access (possible to write custom reports/queries and export data to Excel and Outlook)

  • Produced by Datacor (very responsive to requests for modifications/enhancements)

The implementation hit some rough patches. The timetable was modified as the implementation progressed. Modifications were often made based on additional enhancements. Part-way through, it was learned that even though Chempax had the ability to employ hand-held scanners (for inventory adjustments, barcoding and batch manufacturing); the option was not being utilized by other clients. Through trial and error, Puritan and Datacor worked together to fully develop the process, which included many programming changes and enhancements.

“The Chempax ERP system places real-time, all-the-time information directly into the hands of every user,”according to Glenn Coon, Production/ Purchasing Manager of Puritan Products. “From the receipt of an order, until the time it ships to the customer, all inventory is tracked in the database,” he added. These real-time events offer current information to all users anytime the information is queried. The system provides for production plans that are available to all departments (for individual planning) to meet customer expectations and commitments.

Another huge benefit is the ability to modify Chempax to assure that no product ships until it has been approved in the LIMS system, and released through quality control. “From my viewpoint in accounting, this has helped us to ensure the accuracy of our inventory,” said Christine Uttard. Prior to the upgrade, if paperwork coming into the plant didn’t match what was thought to be correct, someone needed to talk to the operators who produced the product, sorting it out after the fact. Now, operators seeing any issue can fix it at the point of entry. Knowing inventory is correct and accurately priced creates much more confidence in financial statement accuracy.

ERP Delivers

“Thanks to the Chempax ERP, we have made tremendous overall gains in our delivery performance,” said Lou Di Renzo, Puritan's President. “We are most definitely poised for even greater success in our target pharma and microelectronics markets,” he concluded.

Christine Uttard added, “Optimizing Chempax and linking it with our LIMS system has greatly increased the accuracy of our documentation. This is critical to a cGMP company, and has been looked upon favorably during a number of audits from both customers and the FDA.” Puritan Products looks favorably upon the decision to greatly improve its business processes with Chempax.

New Business Development: Developed by Matt Walczer

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Matt Walczer, Director of Sales and Business Development, has worked as a scientific sales professional for over 20 years. In that time he has learned a valuable lesson: You can’t listen if you’re the one who is doing the talking. He feels strongly that truly listening to customers and helping to solve their problems, increases your perceived value. “You have two ears and one mouth for a reason,” Walczer said. “You should use them in that proportion.”

Hailing from Allentown, PA, Walczer now resides in Kutztown, PA, with his wife and four children. He joined Puritan Products in September 2005. Matt sums up his feelings about the company by saying “Puritan Products is more than just a company. We are group of individuals who willingly espouse a common goal. We are more like a family than a group of employees,” he said. He truly believes that family atmosphere is driven from the top down.

His career has been spent selling capital equipment, diagnostic test kits, and engineering, calibration and validation services geared to the pharma biotech industries. He sees sales today as being more challenging, “Through technology, customers are bombarded by various sales activities.” Matt also sees the upside to that technology, and like a true professional, he balances both sides of the equation each and every day.

Building the Brand Builds Business

Puritan Products’ business model has always been based on industry leadership, unquestionable value, impeccable service, and unmatched quality. The company is a widely respected supplier to those industries demanding a very high level of product quality (e.g. microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology). “We became a cGMP compliant organization in late 2009, significantly raising our quality standards to allow us to participate in the chemical supply chain and with those companies regulated by the FDA,” Walczer said.

Under Matt’s direction, Puritan Products has been able to help customers by developing a complete line of cGMP manufactured pH buffers and conductivity standards. He and the highly experienced chemical team at Puritan have developed custom chemical blends, reformulated problem chemical mixtures to make them more user- friendly, and developed alternative packaging ideas to help customers.

The company has also successfully demonstrated to customers that outsourcing their chemical blending requirements can be cost-effective, while mitigating manufacturing risk. As a result, the company’s cGMP compliant business is growing.

“What differentiates us from the competition is that everyone here wants to do the best possible job. We all want our customers to be pleased with what we do,” Walczer added. Matt works with senior management and marketing to develop tools to convey the Puritan message to the market at large. He works diligently to build and sustain relationships and reinforce a brand… that’s truly a brand apart.

Please contact Matt Walczer at (610) 866-4225 Extension 33, or mwalczer@puritanproducts.com if you have questions, specific needs, or just to say hello.

Audits Promote Puritan Promise

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Audit: The word alone can be very unnerving to many. Simply stated, it is a thorough examination of all of the processes and documentation that affect a customer’s product. It’s when an outside party—usually a customer or regulatory agency—looks into the very heart of an organization’s operations. Audits are taken very seriously at Puritan Products. The company’s audit preparedness is based on deep convictions and a tireless commitment to product quality, customer satisfaction and regulatory compliance.

Through audits, customers gain an understanding of Puritan Products manufacturing processes and quality management systems. They leave with the assurance that their best interests are being managed by a partner who pays attention to details while delivering a high-quality, consistently produced product; always maintaining the proper documentation to prove it.

In practice, we review the specific products that a customer buys or intends to buy, as well as all of their quality systems requirements, so that we have command of the information. “ We never turn an audit into a protracted effort,” according to Matt Walczer, Director of Sales and Business Development. Matt acts as a principal facilitator, but it takes a total team effort to make certain that all personnel involved leave the audit “singing from the same sheet of music.”

The company views audits as opportunities to learn and improve upon what it does, while increasing core strengths as a valued supply partner to its highly valued customer base. “We are considered to be a critical supplier for raw materials used in the products or processes for the regulated products they produce,” said Lou DiRenzo, Puritan’s President. “As a cGMP compliant organization, we are also subject to audits by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA),” he continued. A recent FDA audit resulted in no major findings.

There are typically about a dozen audits conducted at Puritan Products over the course of a year. The company has always emerged as an approved supplier by all customers conducting audits. The Puritan team never views audits as adversarial interactions and welcomes suggestions from the auditors for potential continuous improvement opportunities. “While we try to do everything right and maintain a high level quality system, we recognize that the industry is constantly raising the bar,” said Brian Meckes, Director of Quality. “It’s a fact embraced here at Puritan.”

Puritan Products conducts business in an industry that is often very detail-oriented and highly complex in nature. It is vital that the communications between all participating parties are carried out efficiently, effectively and openly. “This is a self-imposed mandate the company demands of itself each and every day; in each and every way. It’s a part of the promise we hold as sacred to our customers and community partners”, Walczer concluded.

To schedule an audit of Puritan Products, call or e-mail Matt Walczer at (610) 866-4225, ext 33 or mwalczer@puritanproducts.com.

Denise Kern Tagged as Winner of Tagline Contest

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BMW: The ultimate driving machine. Lowes: Let’s build something together. Allstate: You’re in good hands. These are examples of taglines we probably are all familiar with. Taglines help to define a brand’s promise, appeal to psychographics and/or shape a brand’s image. They are statements designed to further convey what a company wants you to identify with their products or services.

Puritan’s senior management—with Donna Long, Director of Marketing at the lead—didn’t turn to an outside agency or branding firm to develop their new tagline. Instead, they turned to the very people that shape and define the company’s brand and promise every day: Puritan People.

It all started with a flyer sent to every employee via email and posted throughout the headquarters building. The document explained the meaning of a tagline, laid out the contest’s guidelines and cited some widely used tagline examples. In addition to owning the pride associated with developing the new tagline, the winner would receive a $100.00 VISA gift card. Participants were encouraged to submit as many ideas as they liked on a special entry form. They were also given some key words to incorporate into their entries.

Judging was handled by the Commercial Development Team consisting of Erik Nowery, Matt Walczer, Lou DiRenzo, and Donna Long. It was predetermined that the contest would run a second time, if no suitable taglines were entered. The response was very strong and there were a number of good ideas.

A total of 137 entries submitted. Each one was evaluated by process of elimination by contest judges, who looked at the entries independently and marked which ones they liked. All entries that were in the running were listed and further whittled down. Using the criteria set forth in the contest rules to define Puritan Products by its mission, vision, and offerings; one tagline stood out.

In the end, Denise Kern won with the tagline: Chemical Blending Expertise: Quality. Consistency. Confidence. Congratulations to Denise and a big thank you to all who entered the contest. Puritan will wear its new tagline proudly.

Puritan Products, Inc. Donates $10,000 to the Miracle League of Northampton County

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Gift will assist in construction of specially-equipped baseball facility in Palmer Township

Puritan Products, Inc., of Bethlehem, recently donated $10,000 to the Miracle League of Northampton County to help construct a baseball field that is custom-designed for the special needs of children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

“Puritan Products is proud to bring this unique facility one step closer to completion. We are humbled by the opportunity to help create a place where children and adults with disabilities can play and enjoy baseball in a safe environment,” Puritan Products President and General Manager Lou DiRenzo, stated. “Promoting safety in our community is part of our company’s vision and supporting the Miracle League field fits that vision.”

Miracle League fields have rubberized surfaces to help prevent injuries, eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound, equipment-assisted or visually impaired players. According to the Miracle League’s web site, there are 240 Miracle League organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. The Miracle League serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.

“This donation is instrumental in helping our organization ‘Build a Miracle,’ ” Richard Agretto, president of the Miracle League of Northampton County, stated in a letter to DiRenzo. “It is greatly appreciated.”

The field, located in Palmer Township, is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

Puritan Products has provided funding for health and safety programs for other organizations including the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, The Burn Prevention Foundation, Lehigh County Haz-Mat, Bethlehem City Fire Department, Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Company and the Two Rivers Council of Governments. 

Sen. Bob Casey wants help for U.S. workers, companies in trade deals Says employees deserve protection from disruptions caused by new treaties

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has made it clear he's unlikely to support the Obama administration's push for free trade agreements left unfinished by the Bush administration.


But with the White House moving forward, thePennsylvania Democrat is asking that before any trade agreement is decided, workers and U.S. companies are promised protection from any resulting closures or lost jobs.

Monday morning Casey visited a small chemical manufacturing company in Bethlehem — Puritan Products — to stress the importance of trade assistance in the face of more foreign competition.

"All of us would agree that, if anything, in a very tough economy businesses need help," Casey said at the factory. "We have to compete every day of the week with countries that frankly cheat and make it much more difficult to have a level playing field for folks trying to manufacture a product in this difficult environment."

Congressional lawmakers are nearly ready for talks with the White House on a package that would cement pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, and also on a reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. That program started in the early 1960s to provide aid to Americans who lost jobs because of foreign trade agreements and grants to companies that are having trouble competing.

But Casey, who faces re-election next year, wants Congress to vote on the trade adjustment assistance as a stand-alone bill before the trade agreements are debated. And he wants the assistance extended for five years at the same rate — about $1 billion — that was included in an enhanced version in the 2008 stimulus law.

He introduced his own legislation Monday afternoon to do just that, offering it as an amendment to an economic development bill pending on the U.S. Senate floor.

The program has long been noncontroversial, but in these budget-cutting times, some lawmakers argue that the increased assistance in the stimulus was meant to be temporary. But others, like Casey, say that with unemployment still so high, it's not the time to be cutting aid.

Standing with Lou DiRenzo, owner of Puritan Products, Casey stressed the need for the program.

DiRenzo said his 24-year-old business had to be redesigned to compete with foreign markets. With the help of a $75,000 federal grant matched by the company, he hired a consulting firm to make better use of industry-specific software that in turn helped him broaden his reach to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. DiRenzo said he's added 15 jobs and tripled his sales.

"It's a remarkable story ... adding jobs and the innovating and adapting to new environments in a very complicated part of our economy," Casey said.

Casey said he expects the Senate could take votes on these trade issues as early as July. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee had planned to begin informal debates this week on the trade agreement. It would then send its recommendations to the White House for the administration to consider before it sends its formal trade proposal to Congress.

Sen. Bob Casey visits Bethlehem chemical manufacturing plant, urges need to renew assistance funding

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By Andrew George, Express-Times

Over the last five years, Bethlehem chemical manufacturing company Puritan Products has tripled its sales and created 15 new jobs.

According to company President Lou DiRenzo, much of that success is owed to a federal grant for $75,000 awarded to the company as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., visited the Bethlehem facility Monday to meet with workers and discuss the impact Trade Adjustment Assistance has had on the company.

Casey, who is chairman of the Senate Joint Economic Committee, urged the need to renew federal funding for the TAA after touring the facility, citing the success Puritan Products has had with the program.

 

"It's a remarkable story over here at Puritan Products because you're not only seeing all of the job growth results over the last couple years ... (but) adding jobs and innovating and adapting to new environments in a very complicated part of our economy," said Casey.

 

According to the U.S. Economic Development Administration, TAA aims to provide technical and financial assistance to manufacturers or producers who have lost employment, production or sales due to increased imports and foreign competition. It also provides aid to workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign trade agreements.

Some Senate Republicans have expressed reluctance about renewing TAA, which cost about $2 billion last year, according to a Bloomberg report. They say the program benefits only a  small segment of the unemployed and want it dismantled, according to the report.

The press secretary for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., did not return a phone message this evening.    

Casey said the benefits of the program are extensive. 

"In a very tough economy, businesses need help," said Casey. "They need help with the results of unfair foreign competition. We have to compete every day of the week with countries that frankly cheat and make it much more difficult for us to have a level-playing field for folks that are trying to manufacture a product in this difficult environment."

 

Casey is urging Congress to renew federal funding for the TAA through 2016 at the stimulus rate adopted back in 2009, which includes coverage to service firms and workers. This enhanced version has recently expired and funding has receded back to pre-stimulus amounts.

According to Casey's press secretary, while there is no official estimate yet for just how much an extension would cost, Casey has pledged to find an offset for the cost so that it will not increase the deficit.

In a recent letter to President Barack Obama, Casey asked the president to consider delaying the consideration of upcoming free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia in order to focus on the American manufacturing industry.

Casey has recently been visiting manufacturing plants across Pennsylvania attempting to rally support to renew funding in the upcoming federal budget for both the TAA and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

The MEP is a nationwide network, which works with small to mid-sized manufacturers to help create and sustain jobs, increase profits and provide innovation strategies. 

According to the MEP, for every dollar of federally invested money into the partnership, $32 of new sales growth is generated. They also claim that for every $1,570 of federal investment, the MEP is able to create or retain one manufacturing job.

Alongside Casey and DiRenzo was Jack Pfunder of the Bethlehem-based Manufacturers Resource Center.

Pfunder said that with the technical and financial assistance provided by TAA, the manufacturing industry is able to innovate and better prepare itself for a successful future.

"People ask me, 'What is the future of manufacturing in the United States?'" Pfunder said. "To me it's pretty simple, manufacturing is the future of the United States and it rests with the researchers of innovation like what we're seeing here today at Puritan Products."

Puritan Products senior vice president Thomas Starner believes it's "absolutely" important for a manufacturing company of Puritan Products' size to receive government funding in this economic climate.

"We don't have the funds internally to do some of these things so getting some government support certainly helps our cause," Starner said.

Puritan Products Provides Funds to Enhance American Red Cross Scrubby Bear Program

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Puritan Products Provides Funds to Enhance American Red Cross Scrubby Bear Hand Washing Program for Children

  BETHLEHEM, Pa., (Jan. 24, 2011) – Puritan Products, Inc., presented a check for $2,500 to the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley for use in enhancing the agency’s Scrubby Bearâ program. The program teaches children the importance of good hand washing habits in fighting germs and preventing colds.

The program consists of anti-germ fighting mascot Scrubby Bearâ who reminds children and adults that infection can be fought through frequent hand washing.

 “We are proud to support the American Red Cross, one of the most recognizable humanitarian organizations in the world,” Puritan Products President and General Manager Lou DiRenzo stated. “It’s wonderful to know that through this program we can help promote healthier children.”

Puritan’s DiRenzo and Executive Vice President/ Technical Director Tom Starner presented the ceremonious check to Red Cross Regional Executive John R. Hughes, Youth Services Specialist Sherri Boehm, and ‘spokesbear’ Scrubby Bearâ at the Puritan Products facility, Lehigh Valley Industrial Park I in Bethlehem.

 “When Lou heard that our Scrubby Bear program was in dire need of a ‘makeover,’ he immediately offered to help us clean up our image, so to speak, by donating the funds to purchase a new, kid-friendly bear costume,” Hughes said. “We were also able to purchase new program materials and handouts.”

The program is administered by Boehm and Red Cross teen volunteers. “Our youth really enjoy wearing the costume and interacting with the kids. Through story, song and activities, the Scrubby Bearâ program is a fun and memorable lesson. Kids love Scrubby.”

The 20-minute presentation is free and available for children in grade-levels K-3 in schools, faith-based organizations, hospitals, day cares and after-school clubs and programs. The presentation includes Scrubby Bearâ (in costume), a health curriculum for use by teachers, stickers, “Clean Hands Club” pledge cards, poster and coloring pages.

Scrubby Bear presentations may be arranged by contacting Boehm at 610-865-4400, ext. 253 or BoehmS@usa.redcross.org.

 “In addition, because of their level of financial support, Puritan Products is now recognized as one of our 14 trusted Community Partners,” Hughes added. Through the Community Partner Program, businesses become partners with a well-known brand – the American Red Cross – and receive a full year of publicity, promotion, employee benefits, and event sponsorship.

 Puritan Products has provided funding for health and safety programs for other organizations including the Burn Prevention Foundation, Lehigh County Haz-Mat, Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Company and the Two Rivers Council of Governments. 

Puritan Products ranks among America’s fastest growing companies

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Growth Rate of 56 Percent Lands Bethlehem Company on Inc. Magazine's Exclusive List.

BETHLEHEM, PA (August 12, 2009)--What does Bethlehem-based Puritan Products, Inc. have in common with well-known national companies like Vizio and GoDaddy? Inc. magazine included all three on its third annual "Inc. 5000" list of America's fastest growing private companies.

Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan said, "Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate. That's why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."

"We are extremely pleased to learn that our company's three-year sales growth rate of 56 percent has earned us a position on the prominent Inc. 5000 list this year," said Lou DiRenzo, president and general manager of Puritan Products, noting that the company ranks 227th among U.S. manufacturers. "More importantly, inclusion in this elite group provides well-deserved recognition to the management and employees of our 22-year-old company. It validates that their commitment and dedication to our new vision is paying off and attracting positive attention and visibility to their organization."

Puritan Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-purity, custom-formulated and specialty chemicals. These products are used in research and quality control laboratories, universities, and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microelectronics and other industrial markets. Four years ago, the management and employees of Puritan Products set out to reinvent the organization, and committed to substantially grow its market presence by providing precision custom-formulated materials to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. To prepare for future growth, the company is working toward FDA compliance by implementing cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) - which it expects to achieve later this year.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005. Additionally, they must be U.S. based, privately held, for profit and independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million.

To learn more about Puritan Products visit us at: http://www.puritanproducts.com

CONTACT: Louis V. DiRenzo, 610-866-4225 x21, ldirenzo@puritanproducts.com

Puritan Products donates to Han-Le-Co fire company for the purchase of training materials

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Puritan Products Inc., in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park I, Bethlehem, has donated $2,000 to the Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Company of Hanover Township, Lehigh County. The company has directed that the money be used to buy new training materials for the department's firefighters so they can acquire the most current knowledge and skills about responding to and managing fire and hazardous materials emergencies. Puritan Products is a manufacturer of high purity, custom formulated and specialty chemicals. These products are used in research and quality control laboratories, universities and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics and other industrial markets.

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Lehigh County haz-mat team gets donation from Bethlehem company for calibration and sensor replacement expenses

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Puritan Products of Bethlehem has donated $2,000 to the Lehigh County Hazardous Materials Response Team. The company directed that the funds be applied toward calibration and sensor replacement expenses associated with the hand-held gas monitoring instruments used by first responders. The gas meters are used by the response team when managing hazardous materials incidents in confined spaces. The ongoing expense is necessary to maintain the instruments in a ready state and to assist firefighters in managing hazardous materials emergencies. Puritan Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high purity custom formulated and specialty chemicals that are used in research and quality control laboratories, universities, and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics, and other industrial markets.


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Ben Franklin approves investments

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benfranklin.jpgBy EPBJ Staff - Posted on May 27th, 2009

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $567,245 in support of regional economic development. The investments are with six early-stage technology companies, three established manufacturers, and one infrastructure-building initiative.

BFTP/NEP’s goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. To achieve this goal, Center staff concentrated their efforts on three key areas:

  1. Developing early-stage technology-oriented companies,
  2. helping established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices to achieve industry leadership, and
  3. promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that fosters a favorable business environment for high-growth companies.


Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has helped to start 398 new companies, developed 865 new products and processes, created 13,931 new jobs for Pennsylvania workers and retained 20,772 existing jobs. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is headquartered on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem. It has regional offices in Lewisburg, Reading, and Wilkes-Barre, and operates Ben Franklin TechVentures, an award-winning business incubator/post-incubator facility, in Bethlehem.

Ben Franklin announced the following as one of its established manufacturer company investments:
Puritan Products, Inc., Bethlehem, Northampton County, Ben Franklin Investment: $32,494
University Partner: Lehigh University

Assist Puritan, which custom formulates chemicals to customer specifications, in attaining “Current Good Manufacturing Practices” compliance status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This will allow the company to expand in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets, which require this certification. These industries are experiencing critical and growing needs for raw materials and custom-blended solutions.

Stainless steel system enhances capabilities

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SS Tank touch up 2.jpgNeed a high purity solvent blend? A new explosion-proof, stainless steel blending system, designed and constructed in-house, was recently put into service for the manufacture of solvent-based blends. The 500 gallon portable, stand-alone unit on a self-contained skid has all stainless steel fittings and tubing and all Teflon gaskets to make it fully compatible with solvent-based blends. It was designed with features to facilitate flexibility including the ability to change the filtration profile and inert gas blanketing. System features include:

  • 316L Stainless Steel construction
  • Crevice free welds to minimize particulates and contaminants
  • Teflon gaskets
  • Clean In Place (CIP) capability with Teflon spray ball to insure complete rinse coverage, thereby eliminating cross-contamination concerns
  • 500 Gallon Capacity
  • Offset Impeller used for optimization of mixing
  • Filtration Bank to enable the use of different filtration media from bag filters to eliminate large particles to 0.1 µ cartridge filters
  • Headspace purging with inert gas
  • Explosion Proof (Class I; Division 1) to insure safe operation
  • Solids or Liquids addition hopper
  • Statistical Process Control Capability via flow meters and pressure gauges


For more information about our solvent blending capability as it relates to your needs, please call us at (610) 866-4225 or toll free at (877)-7PURITAN.

Puritan Products hits sales milestone

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Puritan Products hit a milestone by achieving their highest sales in the history of the company in August of 2007. To celebrate this significant event, all employees and their spouses were invited to a local restaurant to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The increased business is attributed, in part, to the installation of a new solvent blending system that was built to accommodate an ongoing project with one of our key pharmaceutical customers, and an increase in order volume from one of our key contract manufacturing clients. 


President and General Manager, Lou DiRenzo spoke to the crowd of about 30 people thanking them for their contributions to the record sales month. "I am committed to the success of Puritan Products and want to demonstrate my appreciation to the staff by celebrating successes when they occur", says Lou DiRenzo. The company expects that the new business responsible for this increase in sales will be sustainable, and contribute to the attainment of the revenue figures in the company's five-year strategic plan. As a result of this month's success, Puritan Products is anticipating excellent third quarter performance!

Puritan Products implements Lims

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Puritan Products has made a recent investment to improve data management in their laboratory with the implementation of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) from Blaze Systems. The system has been installed in our own fully equipped Quality Control Laboratory. 


LIMS is computer software that is used in the laboratory for data management of samples, laboratory users, instruments, standards, and other laboratory functions such as invoicing and work flow automation. Our LIMS is integrated with laboratory instrumentation such as our ICP-OES or Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy which detects metals at very low levels, and our new IC or Ion Chromatograph, which is a form of liquid chromatography that uses ion-exchange resins to separate atomic or molecular ions based on their interaction with the resin. The results generated from the instruments integrated with LIMS are fed directly into the system. This allows a certificate of analysis to be automatically generated without the need for the manual input of data.

The indirect benefit of this function is that human error is eliminated, and the process is standardized. This improvement in data management is consistent with our dedication to continuous improvement as required in the ISO 9001-2000 standard. The LIMS enables us to provide our customers complete traceability and audit trails to insure accountability and auditability. The LIMS also facilitates the organization of all analytical results which can be used to perform statistical analysis. Reports are generated using "Crystal Reports" software although data can be expressed in pdf, csv, xml, Excel, Word and other formats that may be needed to accommodate our customers.

The implementation of the LIMS software has given Puritan Products more capability to meet our customers' needs. It ties all lab work to a relational database that can be used to generate different reporting formats, and the data can be used to perform a wide variety of statistical analyses. This makes this software a very useful tool to satisfy the ever changing needs of our customers. 


Since the LIMS is a modular type of system, it has the ability to be expanded as our needs and the needs of our customers evolve. Our investment in this technology demonstrates our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. It addresses our charge to uphold an important precept in the company's mission statement: Our mission, through empowered employees guided by shared values is to provide high-purity, custom formulated, and specialty chemicals that exceed the expectations of our customers; and to continuously improve our quality systems while doing so. Puritan Products believes the LIMS is a very important tool that will help us exceed our customers' expectations by providing us with the ability to optimize sample turnaround and provide information more quickly.

Puritan Products gains representation in Mexico

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June, 2007 – Puritan Products, Inc. of Bethlehem, PA is pleased to announce that they have signed a distribution agreement to bring their products and chemical blending services to Mexico.  The signing of this agreement is the result of the company’s participation in a trade mission trip to Mexico arranged through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.   Puritan Products’ distribution partner in Mexico is CIPO, S.A. (Commercializadora Industrial de Pharmacos de Occidente SA de CV).  Puritan Products will join CIPO’s line card along with other companies they represent including:  Spectrum Chemical (USA), Camphor Technologies (USA), New Chem (Italy), Hawk (USA), Unipetrol (Spain), ChemSwiss (Switzerland), and Gujarat Glass (India).  CIPO’s field sales force will concentrate on promoting Puritan Products’ high purity, reagent and electronic grade chemicals.  Emphasis will be placed on finding custom chemical blending opportunities that provide a value position for export to Mexico.  CIPO is well connected to the chemical markets in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara.  Guadalajara has earned the nickname as “the Silicon Valley of Mexico”.   Both companies believe that the Puritan Products line of chemicals and services is a natural complement to the other product lines CIPO handles.  CIPO has temperature controlled storage and warehouse facilities and maintains their own fleet of trucks and distribution agreements to meet their customers’ needs.  A marketing program is currently underway to introduce Puritan Products to CIPO’s existing customer base.

Capabilities brochure wins gold award at prestigious competition

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Puritan Products, Inc.’s new capabilities brochure has won a Gold Award in the design/creativity category at the MarCom Creative Awards competition. The competition, which is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals.


The brochure, one of 5,000 entries from throughout the U.S. and several other countries, was designed and produced by Kraemer Schurman Advertising & Design, Inc. (KSA&D) — a full-service marketing and advertising firm located in Allentown, PA.


Employing large-scale, full-color photography of our plant and its people, the 12-page brochure highlights our full range of products and support services. Each two-page spread displays a photo of Puritan employees and attention-getting white type/black background on the left-hand page, and a plant shot with short descriptive copy on the right-hand page.


ABOUT PURITAN PRODUCTS, INC.


Puritan Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high purity custom formulated and specialty chemicals. These products are used in research and quality control laboratories, universities, and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics, and other industrial markets. Puritan Products, Inc. is based in Bethlehem, PA and has been in business since 1987. For further information, please visit the website at www.puritanproducts.com.

Puritan Products, Inc. makes donation to Lehigh County hazardous materials response team

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BETHLEHEM, PA - In support of the company's commitment to industry and community safety, health and environmental stewardship, Puritan Products, Inc. has donated $2,000 to the Lehigh County Hazardous Materials Response Team. The company has directed that these funds be used to purchase new training materials for industry and public emergency response personnel to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage a hazardous materials emergency.


As part of its corporate vision and mission, Puritan Products is committed to being a good corporate citizen and doing what it can to facilitate and promote safety within its industry and in the community. "This investment is being made to improve the training of Lehigh County's First Responders and our community's preparedness to respond to hazardous materials emergencies," says Lou Di Renzo, president and general manager of Puritan Products, Inc.


Puritan Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high purity custom formulated and specialty chemicals. These products are used in research and quality control laboratories, universities, and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics, and other industrial markets. Puritan Products, Inc. is based in Bethlehem, PA and has been in business since 1987. For more information, please visit the company?s website at www.puritanproducts.com.

Puritan Products, Inc. makes donation to city of bethlehem fire department

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BETHLEHEM, PA – Honoring their commitment to industry and community safety, health and

 environmental stewardship, Puritan Products, Inc. has donated $2,000 to the City of Bethlehem Fire Department. The company has directed that these funds be used to purchase and maintain residential smoke alarms for families and individuals within the Fire Department’s jurisdiction who do not have the means to afford them.


As part of its corporate vision and mission, Puritan Products is committed to being a good corporate citizen and doing what it can to facilitate and promote safety within its industry and in the community. “We’re investing in the safety of our community,” says Lou Di Renzo, president and general manager of Puritan Products, Inc.


Puritan Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high purity custom formulated and specialty chemicals. These products are used in research and quality control laboratories, universities, and for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics, and other industrial markets. Puritan Products, Inc. is based in Bethlehem, PA and has been in business since 1987. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.puritanproducts.com.

 
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