Our History

A pioneer in the plastics industry from the beginning.

Nylene's parent company, Polymeric Resource Corporation (PRC), was a pioneer in thermoplastic engineering, having been founded in 1979. PRC was among the first companies to recycle nylon waste for use in production feedstock.

In 1983, PRC expanded its resource recovery nylon and extrusion business by acquiring a compounding facility in Wayne, New Jersey, from Union Carbide. PRC continued to grow as ALM, and in 1994, it acquired Custom Resins Inc. in Henderson, Kentucky, which enabled it to develop a strong reputation for quality and specialty products. Nylene USA now operates from this location.

In 2005, PRC acquired Nylene Canada from Honeywell International, Inc. Located near Ottawa, Ontario, the acquisition granted PRC access to the carpet fiber and wire and cable markets, as well as technology for polymerizing and depolymerizing nylon 6. Although Nylene Canada’s yarn production site ceased operations in 2018, the company still manufactures spinning-grade polymers for carpet manufacturers and has invested in equipment to produce materials for the injection molding and extrusion markets.

To further serve its customers, Nylene USA completed construction on a 100,000-square-foot addition to its Kentucky compounding plant in 2018. The new building boasts new reactors, eight new extrusion lines, and additional equipment. This expansion allows Nylene to manufacture products from other Nylene locations and create new resins from sustainable, bio-based raw materials.

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Henderson Facility is Constructed

Nylene's initial nylon facility in Henderson, KY, led by Spencer Chemicals, commenced operations, and nylon production officially began in 1957 under Gulf Oil.


Henderson Facility is Constructed

Compounding building was added to Kentucky location for nylon manufacturing,

1972 - 1974

Facilities Change Hands

Gulf Oil sells facility to Custom Resins. In 1974, Dow/Badische joint venture takes over Arnprior plant, switching to carpet yarn production. Badische later acquires Dow's interest.


Arnprior Facility is Constructed

Union Carbide established a facility in Arnprior, Ontario, producing Nylon 6 polymer and fiber for hosiery and tire cord. They pioneered the first depolymerization plant in North America for internal waste recycling.


Carpet Fiber Innovations in Arnprior

Arnprior's R&D introduces advanced tech for nylon fibers, improving quality. The plant undergoes a $1.5 million upgrade, boosting production by 50% and necessitating more staff.


Change in Ownership

Bemis Corporation acquires Custom Resins in Kentucky. The next year, Badische Corporation gains full ownership of the Arnprior facility.


PRC acquires ALM

PRC acquires ALM, expanding its product range to include commercial-grade compounded polymer using reprocessed material.


Polymeric Resources Corporation

Polymer Resources Corp. (PRC) is formed. The company offers compounded off-grade polymers with 11 extruder lines..


Entering the Wire & Cable Insulation Market

Arnprior begins manufacturing nylon insulation polymers for the wire and cable industry. Arnprior begins manufacturing nylon insulation polymers for the wire and cable industry.


A Major Player in the Carpet Industry

BASF Canada relocated to Arnprior, setting up a Spin-Draw-Texturing plant and significantly expanding polymerization for increased production. The site was later rebranded as BASF Inc.


Nylon 6 Recycling Programs

The plant’s recovery operation becomes an integral part of the innovations brought to the market such as carpet fibre recycling programs and yarn systems with recycled content.


Industrial Railway in Arnprior

The Arnprior facility established their own railway charter to secure raw material supply when CN rail was going to abandon the track. It became Renfrew County's only remaining railway.


PRC Aquires Custom Resins Inc.

As PRC experienced continued growth, the company acquired a polymerization manufacturing facility named CRI in Henderson, Kentucky, in order to strengthen its Nylon 6 production capabilities.

2001 & 2003

Honeywell Nylon Canada Acquires Arnprior Facility

By 2001 the Arnprior facility operated as BASF Canada. Later in 2003, Honeywell Nylon Canada Inc. would acquire the facility.


New Certifications & Compliance

PRC receives CARB (California Air Resource Board) certification for its roto-mold and blow-mold grade polymers. By 2010, PRC complies with REACH requirements for its prime grade polymers


PRC Purchases Arnprior Facility

PRC acquires Nylene Canada Inc., from Honeywell International, Inc. This expansion gave PRC the additional capacity for both fiber and polymer manufacturing that it desired. With this acquisition the company acquired innovative depolymerization technology.


New Product Lines & Company Name

Now operating as Nylene, PRC offers 6,66 co-polymers and Roto-mold and blow-mold grade polymers pass EPA standards for off road vehicle fuel tanks.

2018 - 2021

Major Expansions

PRC is expanded the Henderson, Kentucky plant. In Arnprior, new equipment and site upgrades are done. Nylene is investing in technology to grow capacity and create innovative products.


Proud of the Past Prepared for the Future

Today, Nylene has grown into a global supplier and continues to grow based on its ability to serve customers with optimum efficiency and superior nylon solutions. 

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