Steve Hersey Named Plant Manager for NovationSi

Steve Hersey

Novation Solutions, LLC (NovationSi), the manufacturing subsidiary for R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDAbbott), has named Steve Hersey Plant Manager.

Prior to joining NovationSi, Hersey was the General Manager for HEXPOL Compounding in Akron, Ohio. While at HEXPOL, he managed substantial volume growth over four years and sales revenue experienced exponential growth during his tenure. Hersey brings a veteran approach to silicone manufacturing as he began his HEXPOL career as a Lead Operator and later served as a Production Supervisor. He has also owned a construction business and worked as an Operations Lead for Portage Precision Polymers before it was acquired by HEXPOL.

“Steve was involved in all aspects of the silicone business at HEXPOL and successfully managed the transition of the company’s silicones operations to a new location with significantly greater capabilities,” said Bob Bradley, President of NovationSi. “With Steve’s industry experience and commitment to doing the right things for people, we’re confident he will be a strong asset to NovationSi. Please join us in welcoming him.”

Steve began his NovationSi career on March 20, 2023, and is part of a team of elastomer technologists, compounders, and pigment specialists who work closely with RDAbbott’s material scientists and application engineers to create fully customized elastomer solutions that solve tough industry challenges.

About RDAbbott

RDAbbott is a materials science, engineering, and distribution company that’s been serving the rubber industry since 1948. They are staffed with rubber experts at every level; equipped with state-of-the-art, US-based laboratory and manufacturing facilities, and stocked with premium elastomer products in warehouses throughout North America.

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About NovationSi

NovationSi, headquartered in Barberton, Ohio, is manufacturing subsidiary of RDAbbott where applied curiosities become a reality. NovationSi specializes in custom liquid silicone rubber (LSR) compounds; modifiers, additives, and colors for silicone; and highly specialized elastomer products. NovationSi’ elastomer technologists, compounders, and pigment specialists work closely with the RDAbbott’s materials scientists and application engineers to create fully customized elastomer solutions.

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