Griffith Polymers' open cast polyurethane molding and urethane processing is ideal for applications and products that require abrasive wear resistance, cut and tear resistance, superior elongation and rebound, chemical resistance, and high tensile strength.
Roots in the Birth of Polyurethane
At the heart of Griffith Polymers' industry leadership is founder and president Don Barge, who started in the emerging polyurethane industry in 1954. As technical director of Aerol Company, Inc. of Southern California, Barge was instrumental in developing applications incorporating polyurethane material into the automotive, aircraft, military and recreational fields.
In 1967, Barge moved to Portland, Oregon, and formed a joint venture with Griffith Rubber Mills, an established leader in production of rubber elastomeric parts. The first plant, in Northwest Portland, was 5,000 square feet, dedicated only to polyurethane elastomers. In 1970, Griffith Polymers Inc. built and moved into a 25,000-square-foot facility in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Don Barge became the sole owner of Griffith Polymers in 1990, and under his direction the company quickly outgrew the Hillsboro facility. To accommodate our growth, Griffith Polymers custom designed and built a new 60,000-square-foot building in 1994 in Tualatin, Oregon, where the company currently operates.
In 2019, Griffith Polymers became a part of Indian Companies, a family of companies offering custom solutions in gaskets, molded rubber, material handling and more.