Shadow Polymer: Mission Statement

The mission of Shadow Polymer Industries, Inc. is to provide our customers with the most professional, comprehensive, and technically sound design, analysis, manufacturing and productivity services in the industry. We believe our people are our greatest strength. Our aim is to provide them with significant challenges, a positive work environment, and encourage each team member to realize their full potential. We believe in rewarding our people according to their contribution to the company’s overall success. We settle for nothing less than honesty, integrity, and dedication.

Our President

Robert Hickman: President of Shadow Polymer

Mr. Hickman is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with additional Polymer Engineering training from the University of Akron. His education further includes certifications in marketing from Cleveland State University, I.T. certifications from Edison Community College, Mold flow Corporation, Coretech Systems, CTRL Systems, AC Technologies, Ohio CAE Services, University of Akron Polymer Training Center, and the Solidworks Corporation.

Mr. Hickman has significant hands-on experience with productivity programs, product design, concurrent development and optimization, finite element analysis, various CAD/CAM/CAE softwares and Lean/Six Sigma principles.

A significant portion of Mr. Hickman’s experience in the polymer industry was obtained on the manufacturing floor, directing and consultingin a problem-solving environment. In addition to his hands-on experience, Mr. Hickman has taught a variety of polymer related courses at the University of Akron, participated in several beta testing programs for well-known softwares such as I-deas, Solidworks, C-Mold and Moldex3D.  For several years, Mr. Hickman served as the Global Plastic Simulation Special Interest Group Chairman for the I-deas user group known as ICCON and served on the board of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Plastics Tooling Division).

Our Team

Our staff members and associates have significant hands-on experience in the operation of plastic and metal related businesses. By design team members have a minimum of 20 years of experience in their field of specialization, which includes but is not limited to: Industrial Design, Engineering, Advanced Product Development, Manufacturing Operations, Marketing, and Human Resources. Each staff member has at least an undergraduate degree with several having their Master’s and Doctorate degrees.