Listening and developing for 50 years
Specialty Polymers (https://www.specpoly.com/) President and CEO Sheryl Southwell has a lot to reﬂect upon as the Woodburn-based company celebrates 50 years in business –1969-2019 – this year.
But a considerable amount of that reﬂection precedes the business, musing back to the conditions her father, Raymond Southwell, negotiated through early in his life before ultimately founding and developing the framework for what Specialty Polymer is today.
Specialty employs 150 workers between two locations; the Woodburn facilities and an east-coast facility established in 2005 in Chester, S.C. But the business that serves customers worldwide had humble beginnings in Raymond’s West Salem garage, above which was young Sheryl’s bedroom.
Credit: Justin Much, Woodburn Independent