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Maverick runs wild in polymer innovation

Maverick Corp. lives up to its motto "Where Innovation Runs Wild" by developing and producing high-temperature polymer materials for the aerospace and other industries.

The Blue Ash-based company was founded in 1993 by Eric Collins and Dr. Robert Gray, both former GE Aircraft engine engineers. The pair operates 40,000 sq. ft. of research and manufacturing space where the company's high-tech workers develop advanced materials and transition those technologies to the automotive, chemical, medical and aerospace industries.

"Maverick caters mostly to aerospace customers who desire to replace metal parts with lighter weight polymer composites for high temperature applications typically in the range of 400 degrees Fahrenheit to over 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and industrial and aerospace customers who need to solve high temperature friction and wear problems," Collins says.

Some of the company's clients include, Boeing Company, Chromalloy, Cytec, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Fiber Innovations, GE Transportation, GKN Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney and Raytheon. The company manufactures resin in lot quantities from 10 to 10,000 pounds.

The company has steadily grown over its lifetime, and Collins expects big gains in the near future. It was founded in the Hamilton County Business Center incubator in Norwood with a 2,000-square-foot facility. In 2006 Maverick bought a small division of Goodrich Corporation in Akron.

"Maverick currently has over 30 employees. We have grown from less than 10 employees four years ago and we expect to grow employment another 15 to 25 percent by the end of 2011," he says.

Source: Maverick Corporation founder Eric Collins
Writer: Feoshia Henderson

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