About

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.

During my time as a contact engineer at AMECO-USA I was able to work directly with Rob. The knowledge base he has gathered over the years is quite extensive and was key to the project we were tasked with at the time. Speaking with Rob on many different business and engineering topics explained how his company became successful. I look forward to working with him again and would recommend him for most any engineering project.

Steven HernandezContract Engineer, AMECO

Our Design Engineering group has worked with Rob for the last 2 ½ years. He has helped us improve some existing molds and worked closely with us on new product designs on manufacturability, resin selection, mold flow analysis, mold design resulting in quality parts. Rob is very responsive and provides significant value. Rob participated with us and our molder in three-way Design Reviews. I highly recommend.

Rob. Preston PierceVP Design Engineering, Alcohol Monitoring Systems

I have been working with Shadow for nearly 5 years and each time it has been informative for both me and my customers. Their professionalism and state-of-the-art services have helped us remain competitive in today’s tight economy. At Sare Plastics we always strive for excellence and that is why we continue to work with Rob and his team for our engineering needs.

Bart StuchellPresident, Sare Plastics

Rob has been working with Moldex3D for 8 years and before hand he was already a veteran in this field. His background and domain knowledge in polymer processing development has been impressive to everyone in our company. Working with Rob is indeed reliable and delighted, which helps the projects finished with satisfaction. I herein recommend Rob as your valuable engineering partner to work with.

Kenny LuCEO, Moldex3D Northern America

Robert has worked and managed the technical projects for a number of major programs for my previous company; providing Plastics filling & FEA simulations. His technical expertise is excellent and quite extensive, providing his clients with design ideas that were out-of-the-box and very affective. He is easy person to work and achieves the goals set out by the client.

Jim KempthornApplication Engineer, Ferro Corporation

Over the years, GECOM Corp. has collaborated with Shadow Polymers on many occasions. When called upon, Shadow has always provided an analytical expertise which has allowed GECOM to successfully improve at both the component and tooling design levels. In the fast paced and demanding world of automotive manufacturing, Shadow has proven to be an invaluable ally.

GECOM Corp. Injection Molding Engineering Department, Greenburg, IN