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Bro-and-sis on family thermoforming company, Dordan

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Oct 21, 2020 3:31:50 PM

Chandler chats with eldest sibling, Sean Slavin, on why he returned to work at custom thermoformer, Dordan Manufacturing. Sean left California where he was worked in the music industry to help the third-generation family company manage its significant growth, following the completion of its onsite cleanroom for manufacturing medical packaging. See for yourself what kind of company Dordan is, and if its a good fit for your thermoform packaging needs, in this video.

 

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Video: Learn from clamshells how to make your packaging recyclable

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Oct 15, 2020 1:54:59 PM

Learn how clamshell packaging became recyclable in this new video. All packaging can be recycled; it just requires work, time, investment, and collaboration. Make your packaging recyclable, too, by working with all stakeholders to isolate the challenges in order to develop the solutions.

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Seeking experienced Thermoforming Design and Tooling Engineer

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Oct 15, 2020 9:56:34 AM

Packaging designer and manufacturer, Dordan, is seeking an experienced thermoforming design and tooling engineer to join its growing team.

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Video: Plastic ocean trash, where it comes from and why

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Oct 7, 2020 9:32:35 AM

Check out my new video on plastics ocean pollution to learn where it comes from and why so we can stop the spread. Transcript with corresponding references and citations below.


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What to know when developing medical tray packaging

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Aug 5, 2020 3:49:03 PM

There are two standard formats for medical packaging, pouches and thermoformed trays. Thermoformed trays offer product protection and orientation, workflow organization (if a procedural kit), and ease and grace of opening. Pouches provide a sterile barrier, but do not provide the same structural protection to medical products, nor do they offer a controlled opening experience, when compared with thermoformed trays.

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Video: Dordan's trialed algae plastic now foam in sneakers

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jul 29, 2020 2:24:09 PM

 

Dordan thermoformed ALGIX's algae plastic in 2010, as part of its sustainable plastics research. The material was comprised of 15% algae, 85% PP. The algae acted as a filler, reducing the amount of plastic needed per application.

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Saluting American unity through ingenuity this Independence Day

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jul 2, 2020 3:46:07 PM

COVID-19 presents many challenges to communities and businesses. Lack of PPE for healthcare workers became one, of many, problems facing America. Upon discovery of these inadequacies, makers, small and large, rallied to produce the critical supply:

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McHenry County web series features Dordan on business during COVID-19

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jun 23, 2020 2:06:05 PM

McHenry Country web series, Stronger Together, interviews governmental leaders, business owners, community champions and more about life during COVID-19. In sharing these stories of hope, Stronger Together works to create a digital space of unity for the community.

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Third-generation siblings offer COVID-19 protection to small companies

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Jun 8, 2020 9:52:11 AM

The first half-of-a-million face shields that Dordan produced were for hospitals. During that time, we were contacted by many small businesses and manufacturers that did not need thousands of shields, but a few hundred. Because these shields were being manufactured to fill a custom order, we were unable to sell to the smaller firms looking to procure face shields for their employees returning to work.

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Real Woodstock on Dordan's Face Shields

Posted by Chandler Slavin on May 26, 2020 2:42:49 PM

Real Woodstock is a public relations campaign that works to generate interest in Woodstock, IL, to encourage tourism and commerce. Few know all that Woodstock has to offer and why one should live and work here, so Real Woodstock has become that mouthpiece. 

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