Aurora Material Solutions Announces Acquisition of EnCom Polymers, Inc. in Partnership with Management

Platform expansion provides customers with an extended product offering, while building on a combined commitment to superior quality and service.

STREETSBORO, OH – MARCH 4, 2024 – Aurora Material Solutions, LLC. (Aurora), a leading manufacturer of polymer compounds, announced today its acquisition of EnCom Polymers, Inc. (EnCom). EnCom is a leading, privately-owned U.S. manufacturer of high-quality customized specialty engineered thermoplastics, color-matching services, and related material technology solutions. EnCom products are utilized in a host of applications in the electrical, automotive, medical, building and construction, consumer goods, business equipment, and transportation industries.

This acquisition marks the sixth transaction by Aurora since 2017, and further strengthens its offering in engineered thermoplastics. EnCom will be grouped with Enviroplas, which was acquired by Aurora in 2022 to create the company’s Engineered Thermoplastics business segment.

“EnCom increases Aurora’s exposure to a mix of additional materials and end markets that are very attractive, and provides us with a significant synergy opportunity. Through collaborative efforts, we plan to further accelerate EnCom’s growth, creating a bright future for our customers and employees,” says Darrell Hughes, chief executive officer, Aurora Material Solutions.

Established in 1999 by Rick Kaskel, EnCom has become a leading specialty engineered thermoplastics manufacturer, driven by a steadfast dedication to customer service, quality and strategic execution. The acquisition expands Aurora’s manufacturing, processing, and technical capabilities.

The combined company further extends Aurora’s product offering to customers, while providing the highest levels of service and quality. Its growing range of custom compounding and technologies now includes:

  • Rigid Engineered Thermoplastics: Materials and alloys consisting of ABS, AES, ASA, copolyester, CPVC, MABS, PA 6/66, PBT, PC, PEI, PET, POM, PP, PPE, PSU, SAN, TPU
  • PVC compounds: rigid PVC powder and pellet, flexible PVC; clear, opaque, colored rigid and flexible PVC; rigid cellular PVC; PVC/acrylic alloys
  • Flexible Engineered Thermoplastics: SBS and SEBS block co-polymers; TPO and chlorinated polyethylene alloys (CPE)
  • Other Specialty Compounds: custom thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), low-smoke zero-halogen compounds (LSOH), flame retardant concentrates, and purge compounds.

“Aurora and EnCom have closely aligned company cultures, with a strong commitment to customers and employees,” says EnCom founder Rick Kaskel. “Aurora’s track record of accomplishments will ensure ongoing success with top-tier innovation, strong customer service, and leading product quality.”

Kaskel will take on an advisory role with Aurora while the rest of EnCom’s employees will continue their employment with the company.

Aurora Material Solutions’ equity sponsor, Nautic Partners, has a proven model for value creation and growth. Nautic is excited to provide resources and capital that will accelerate the growth of both the engineered compounds and vinyl specialties businesses of Aurora Material Solutions.

About Aurora Material Solutions

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, Aurora Material Solutions is known for providing high-quality polymers, industry-leading service, and customized solutions. The company offers a broad range of products, all delivered with special attention to consistency and reliability and designed to meet specific customer needs through a collective exchange. In addition to its Streetsboro production facility, the company has manufacturing capabilities throughout the U.S. and Canada: Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Quebec, and Texas. For more information, visit

About EnCom

EnCom, based in Evansville, IN, with manufacturing at its headquarters site is a leading privately-owned U.S. manufacturer of high-quality customized specialty engineered thermoplastics, color-matching services, and related materials technology solutions for the automotive, building and construction, consumer goods, electrical/electronics, healthcare, industrial, solar, and transportation industries. Founded in 1999, by Rick Kaskel, EnCom’s commitment to customer service, quality, and execution rigor has created a leader in specialty engineered thermoplastics. For more information, visit