Plastic repair GURUS since 1981
Our Address and Phone Numbers
1128 Kirk Rd
Rainsville, AL 35986
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Standard Time
Just about any automobile collision will result in damage to the bumper. Before the 1980's, most of the bumpers were made from steel. Today, just about all automobiles have bumper covers made from plastic. Most of the early plastic bumper covers were made from urethane and, in 1981, Polyvance (formerly Urethane Supply Company) was formed to address the needs of bumper recylcers and to supply products to repair urethane bumper covers. Hence the name Urethane Supply Company. As auto manufacturers began using other materials in bumper covers, Urethane Supply Company (now Polyvance) developed products to repair those types of plastics as well.
Polyvance was born in 1981 as Urethane Supply Company by founder Jim Sparks. Jim saw that many of the urethane bumper covers that were very popular were being thrown away because of minor damage. Jim developed the airless plastic welder to repair urethane bumper covers and started a business. The business supplied the tools and materials to repair urethane bumper covers, so he named it Urethane Supply Company. As bumper covers transitioned to polypropylene, and as the company expanded into other types of plastic repair, the "Urethane Supply Company" name was no longer a good fit. The name sounded more like a yellow page heading than the name of a company dedicated to advancing plastic repair. We would get calls several times a day from people needing urethane spray foam, or urethane to make skateboard wheels. In 2016, we changed our name from "Urethane Supply Company" to "Polyvance". You see, the name "Urethane Supply Company" was never a very fitting name. After all, we don't "supply urethane". We advance polymer repair. We wanted a name that speaks to our main mission, which is advancing the technology of polymer repair. “Advancing Polymer Repair” is the official tagline and the inspiration for the name “Polyvance.” Polyvance will continue to be devoted entirely to helping body shops profit from plastic repair and refinishing through its innovative products and training.
Our company has been on the net since 1996. We regularly update our site with the latest in plastic repair technology and plastic repair methods. Our goal for the website is to have the friendliest and easiest-to-use site on the net. If you are interested in seeing the way our site use to look, you can see some archived sites by clicking here (for urethanesupply.com) or or here (for polyvance.com).
Polyvance has always focused on plastic repair and refinishing. We do not make or sell anything if it does not help with plastic repair. You can look at other manufacturers and you will see that their plastic repair materials are a "me too" product line. They probably sell bedliners, seam sealers, glass cleaners, engine degreasers, or lithium grease. Ask yourself, "How can a company that sells 5 gallon buckets of lithium grease and metal welders also be thoroughly familiar with plastic repair?" Polyvance focuses only on plastic repair and refinishing.
In fact, we have our own bumper reconditioning company, (Encore Bumpers, that services local body shops with reconditioned bumper covers. It also serves as our R&D facility. Many of our new products are developed and tested here before releasing them to the market.
Our mission is to provide everything needed to repair and refinish automotive plastic. By breaking down the process of plastic repair, we have developed products to address each step. With our close ties to the bumper recycling market, the insurance industry, and with body shops, we are able to solve quickly any new problems with plastic repair. For example, when problems developed repairing some of the newer TPO bumpers, Polyvance was quick to develop FiberFlex. No other "me too" company has a product that compares to FiberFlex.
It is this relentless dedication to solving problems that has put Polyvance on the cutting edge of plastic repair. While Polyvance will put you on the cutting edge of plastic repair, we will not put you on the bleeding edge. We thoroughly test our products to assure ourselves, and you, that the product works. We do not use you as a guinea pig.
We provide information for the customer and make it readily available at our web site and our technical support line. When you call Polyvance, you will talk to a human... you will not be asked to go through layers and layers of options just to put a message on someone's voice mail. We do not keep any repair methods secret.
When you use Polyvance's repair products and repair methods, you can feel comfortable knowing that you are using tested products from a company dedicated to plastic repair, and you will be able to use them without any hesitation or confusion whatsoever.
Our History on a Timeline
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