A plastic that has attracted many youngsters over the years is plastic putty, better known by the trademark name of Silly Putty ®. James Wright, a GE engineer, came upon the material by mixing silicone oil with boric acid. The compound acted very much like rubber in its ability to rebound almost 25 percent higher than a normal rubber ball. This "Nutty Putty" as it was first called, was impervious to rot, soft and maleable, and able to stretch many times its length without tearing. One other unusual quality was that Silly Putty® could copy the image of any printed material that it was pressed upon. In 1949, the material was sold under the trade name of Silly Putty ®, selling faster than any other toy in history with over $6 million in sales for the year. The first man-made plastic was created by Alexander Parkes who publicly demonstrated it at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. The material called Parkesine was an organic material derived from cellulose that once heated could be molded, and retained its shape when cooled.
Anne Marie Reedy has an Associate degree in Buying and Merchandising from Fashion Institute of Technology NYC. Mrs. Reedy worked in the fashion industry in New York City before starting Reedy International together with her husband Michael Reedy in 1989.
Mrs. Reedy is now the CFO and Executive VP of Reedy Chemical Foam. Her responsibilities are in finance and production. Mrs. Reedy is a member of the Art Society of Keyport, the treasurer of the Keyport Garden Club, and a Muralist.
Peter Schroeck joined Reedy International Corporation in 2004 as a Sales Account Manager, teaching prospective customers about the benefits of Chemical Foaming Agents for thermoplastics and how to apply the technology in various applications.
Peter was named Technical Sales Director in 2007 and was responsible for training in-house sales representatives, agents and distributors in Mexico, China, Canada and South America, as well as developing strategic partnerships with polymer and equipment companies. In 2013 Peter was promoted to Chief Business Development Officer, and in 2014 was named President and CEO upon the passing of company founder Michael Reedy.
In January 2015 Peter re-branded the company as REEDY CHEMICAL FOAM & SPECIALTY ADDITIVES.
Elena joined Reedy Chemical Foam in August, 2009. She has an Associate's Degree in Small Business Management, an HR Generalist Certificate and a background in banking, remittance processing and business administration.
Elena directed the opening of the Charlotte, NC Operations location in late 2012. This facility houses executive offices and sales staff as well as the expanded laboratory, warehouse and R & D department.
In 2018, she was named COO and currently manages purchasing for the Charlotte location, as well as company-wide project and systems administration, content management, and human resources. Elena will also work closely with Peter to support the goals of business development and company growth. Elena was accepted into the National Association of Professional Women in 2013 and is an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.