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On the 160th year after it was first launched, the USS Constellation must undergo an almost $2 million hull restoration. To do this, it requires a new temporary structure to provide protection during the rebuilding process. An easy solution was to utilize Dr. Shrink’s premium shrink wrap, professionally installed by Atlantic Shrink Wrap.
The task was to create an enclosed structure from the middle of the vessel to completely surround the hull. Controlling the temperature of the work area and underside of the boat was also a high priority. Atlantic Shrink Wrap’s portfolio of unique shrink wrapped scaffolding projects over large ships in Bangkok, Thailand and the US Coast Guard yard in Baltimore, Maryland, where the USS Constellation is drydocked, made it the perfect company to complete such a project.  (continued below)

After consulting with Dr. Shrink, Atlantic Shrink Wrap determined the 12 mil, white shrink wrap would be ideal for this job. Then, the USS Constellation was raised and docked inside the World War II era floating drydock USS Oak Ridge. The Oak Ridge is part of the USCG Baltimore Fleet Support Yard.
With 205′ long stretches of open air space between the hull of the Constellation and the walls of the Oak Ridge, the 12 mil material is strong enough to withstand heavy ice and snow loads throughout the winter months. Atlantic Shrink Wrap coordinated the building of scaffolding around the Constellation’s lower half to facilitate both the mounting of the shrink wrap and the hull repairs beneath.
The cover was installed in seven separate pieces. This was only possible because of the incredible ability to blend one section to another, creating the length and unique shape needed to match the hull of the ship.
The front and back of the vessel were closed off by continuing the shrink wrap over pre-erected scaffolding. Large entrance doors were framed into it to allow access to tools and materials.
Decommissioned in 1955, the Constellation was the last all-sail vessel in the US Navy. She became a training ship in 1894 for the Naval Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island, helping train more than 60,000 recruits during World War I. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, the Constellation is scheduled to be back in her home berth in early 2015.
Contact Dr. Shrink, 315 Washington St., Manistee, MI 49660. 800-968-5147; Fax: 231-723-9586.;

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Mining Vehicle Covered
For machines to run properly, and look presentable when delivered to your customers, they must be protected during storage and transportation from all weather damage.  Dr. Shrink, a full-service supplier of premium shrink wrap and installation accessories, provides a versatile, cost-effective solution that helps ensure equipment stays clean and damage free. At pennies per square foot, shrink wrap provides essential protection to valuable machinery.
Dr. Shrink offers premium shrink wrap in widths of 12 feet to 60 feet with thicknesses from 6 to 12 mil.  All materials are 100% virgin resin with maximum UV filtration for long-term usage.  When properly installed, white shrink wrap will last more than one year in any climate without becoming brittle due to sun damage.
Shrink wrap has considerable advantages over tarps, construction plastic sheeting and other types of covers that can move and chafe painted surfaces.  It can be ventilated to eliminate moisture and mildew, and zipper access doors provide a convenient, easy-entry option.  The affordable shrink wrap is also easily recycled through Dr. Shrink’s REBAG recycling program and Recycling Run efforts.  For a catalogue, shrinkwrap samples, or additional product information contact Dr. Shrink at 800-968-5147; Fax: 231-723-9586;

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To expedite order fulfillment in Europe, Dr. Shrink has arranged for its UK distributor, Marine Components International Ltd, (MCI), to stock more of its products and materials. With its shrink wrapping system, installation supplies and accessories, Dr. Shrink supplies everything needed to professionally cover nearly anything.
Marine Components International of Poole, Dorset, serves the marine industry of the UK and Europe by providing import, warehousing and distribution for client companies located throughout the US, Canada and New Zealand. Besides offering products of interest to leading boatbuilders, boat yards and dealers, it prides itself on excellent technical support and customer service.
“This is a major step for our company in expanding our global network,” said Mike Stenberg, Dr. Shrink president. “The agreement with Marine Components allows us to deliver more products with increasingly efficient service to all of Europe. Mark Saunders, managing director at MCI, has been very progressive in his efforts to expand shrink wrap distribution not only in Great Britain, but throughout all of Europe.”
Shrink wrapping specialist Dr. Shrink has been a full-service, full-circle supplier of premium shrink wrap since 1992. Our company stocks immediately available shrink wrap in widths from 12′-50′.

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Dr. Shrink Makes INC 5000 List For Third Year in a Row

Inc. magazine ranked Dr. Shrink, Inc. on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent entrepreneurs. Dr. Shrink, Inc. joins Fuhu, LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands.
“We are thrilled to be on the INC 5000 list for the third year in a row,” said Mike Stenberg, Dr. Shrink president. “Dr. Shrink works extremely hard to provide our customers and markets with the highest quality shrink wrap, accessories and service. We’re very appreciative to be acknowledged and rewarded for that.”
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142%. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at
“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies, as of December 31, 2012.

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Shrink Wrap Protects Boats During Hurricane Sandy

It is amazing what Mother Nature can do even on the edge of a storm.  Bob Abbott saw the effects of Hurricane Sandy first hand in Cleveland, OH. He recently wrote a great testimonial and sent in photos that we would like to share:

“I just thought I would tell you how amazing shrink wrap is after seeing the aftermath of Sandy. We are in Cleveland, Ohio, on Lake Erie.  Even though we didn’t get hit directly by Sandy we experienced 60 mph winds with a peak hitting 78 mph and had two marinas nearly wiped out.  I shrink wrapped my boat and a friend’s boat. They are stored in a parking lot at a local Yacht Club with a marina right nearby.  Here are a few pictures I took yesterday.  The first 5 are of our Yacht Club, the others are from the marina next to us.  I pointed out with arrows the two boats that I shrink wrapped. Shrink wrap, the only way to store outdoors.”

Click here to see Bob’s amazing photos.  Feel free to send in any photos you may have of shrink wrapped objects after a storm!

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2nd Annual Benefit Golf Scramble

For our 2nd Annual Golf Outing we will be teeing up at the beautiful Manistee Golf & Country Club golf course. You’ll get gorgeous views of Lake Michigan as you tee off or sink your putt on various holes throughout the entire course. This year we will have bigger and better prizes, including a hole-in-one contest to win a Caribbean Cruise! We are also featuring a discount to ALL military veterans on their entry fee. Just as last year, we will be raffling off numerous prizes, selling 50/50 raffle tickets, having a banquet style dinner, and awarding trophies for our top two teams. This is a great event for a great cause and we would love to see you out there!

We’ve already been getting calls about getting teams signed up, so you do not want to delay on getting registered for this great event! The sooner you sign up the better, as space is filling up quickly. You can click the 2012 Golfer Registration Form.pdf to download the form. Feel free to call Travis at (231) 723-2685 for more information or if you would like to sign up.

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Shrink Wrap Recycling Tip for Fall

As you may know, we are in the middle of our spring Recycling Run for 2012.  The Recycling Run offers shrink wrap users & marinas an easy, convenient way to recycle shrink wrap covers and scraps.  Just follow these steps to participate:

  1. 1)  Buy Dr. Shrink REBAGS® for $3.00 each from Dr. Shrink
  2. 2)  Stuff the REBAG® with only shrink wrap
  3. 3)  Fill out our Recycling Form to request a pick up week; Bay Area   Recycling for Charities will pick up your bags!

Some participants have raised questions on how to better cover costs associated with the REBAG® Recycling Run program.  It is recommended that shrink wrap installers & marinas who wish to partake in our Recycling Run every spring/summer charge a recycling fee up-front and include it in the installation cost of the cover.  If the boat owner is responsible for removing the shrink wrap, the Recycling REBAG® can be placed in their boat before it is covered.  This way the REBAG is ready and available when the boat is unwrapped, and the shrink wrap can be properly disposed of.
We greatly appreciate your help in the recycling effort.  If you would like more details on the Recycling Run, read through our previous blog, “Dr. Shrink’s Recycling Run 2012”.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Dr. Shrink’s 2nd Social Media Buzz

It’s our second year promoting our Social Media Buzz!  This year, you could win a 32″ RCA Full HD LCD Flatscreen TV with 1080P AND a Sony Upscaling DVD player (combined value of over $300)! All you need to do to enter is be a fan/follower on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+ social media outlets and post “I want to win the social media buzz!” on our wall.  It’s that easy!  If you are new to our social media outlets, you won’t regret following us! We are constantly running giveaways, promotions, and specials!  If you are new to joining us this month, you will be able to see how we are celebrating and promoting our 20 year anniversary on these social media outlets. Click the icons on the flyer above to go to our social media outlets and get entered to win!
Social Media Buzz Rules and Regulations:

  1. No purchase necessary to enter
  2. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  3. Only one entry per person for each social media outlet, up to a max of three entries per person
  4. Promotion begins March 30th, 2012 and ends on April 30th, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST
  5. The winner will be selected at random and notified on May 1st, 2012 via the outlet(s) upon which he/she entered
  6. The grand prize is (1) RCA 32” 1080P Full HD LCD Flat Screen TV & (1) Sony 1080P Upscaling DVD player (with a combined value of over $300). No cash prizes to be awarded or exchanged.
  7. The winner will have 72 hours from receiving notification of winning (no later than Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST) to claim their prize. If prize is not claimed within the allotted timeframe, then a new winner will be drawn.
  8. The winner will be announced on our social media outlets Friday, May 4th, 2012
  9. All entrants are eligible to win until the final announcement is made with a winner
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Dr. Shrink’s 20 Year Anniversary

2012 is a big year for Dr. Shrink—we are hitting a significant milestone that calls for a celebration! It’s our 20th anniversary this year! Our company was created in April 1992 and 2012 marks twenty years in business—and we could not be more pleased about it. We wanted to take some time to recollect on the past 20 years and also divulge some interesting background information on CEO and Founder Mike Stenberg.  Take a minute to see how we got to where we are today, and what the future is looking like for our customers and Dr. Shrink, Inc.
Starting in 1985, before the birth of Dr. Shrink, Mike Stenberg worked as a shrink wrap installer wrapping boats, machinery, air planes, buildings, etc. for about seven years, where he perfected the trade and acquired skills that made shrink wrapping easier and more efficient.  As shrink wrapping became more prevalent and widespread, Mike saw a more pressing need for distribution of premium shrink wrap and installation supplies; thus his focus shifted to being a shrink wrap distributor instead of installer. In 1992, Mike retreated from the actual shrink wrap installation work to focus more on the selling and distributorship of shrink wrap materials—and this is when Dr. Shrink was born.  Mike started Dr. Shrink as a distribution company in his home garage in Manistee, MI in 1992.  His initial vision for the company was to offer expert shrink wrapping advice (which he himself had gained over the years), innovative products, premium high-quality products, and excellent service—a “one stop shop” for all things shrink wrap.
Mike states, “I started by selling to local boat owners and marinas.  I believe to have a strong business foundation, you need to know exactly what your vision is.  The main thing that helped me see a clear vision of what I wanted to offer my customers (other installers like myself) was that I knew the tricks of the trade of shrink wrapping and was fully aware of the common hurdles and frustrations.  I wanted to develop innovative products that would make shrink wrap installation more efficient, less troublesome, and more straightforward for others.  In addition to that, I wanted to build a company that would be able to offer the best shrink wrapping products, excellent service, and experienced shrink wrap application advice.”
In just one year, Mike realized the company needed more space to stock products, so he purchased the first official Dr. Shrink warehouse in 1993 which was about 2,500 square feet and stocked about 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of shrink wrap.  Dr. Shrink continued to grow, and so did Mike’s vision for the company.  Dr. Shrink began expanding into new markets and new areas—a big step was selling internationally and acquiring international distributors.  Dr. Shrink currently supplies shrink wrap to over 80 different countries that are all using shrink wrap for a variety of different purposes and applications.  This growth in our customer base meant that once again, Dr. Shrink needed more space to stock product.  In order to better accommodate our customer’s shrink wrap needs and making shrink wrap ready for immediate shipment, a larger 12,000 square foot warehouse was custom built for Dr. Shrink, Inc. in 2001.  Four years later with continued progression, Dr. Shrink outgrew the 12,000 square foot warehouse and purchased a 60,000 square foot facility in 2005.  We are still located in this facility and currently stock over 1 million pounds of shrink wrap at all times.  Construction for an expansion to our current warehouse is underway this month (March) and will be completely finished by July—gaining an additional 12,000 square feet of space to stock product.
20 years is a very significant anniversary for a business.  Thousands of customers have been served in this time frame. Some new customers, some have been working with us for a few years, some have even been with us from the very start. Our customers are the most important part of Dr. Shrink, Inc.  Our success is due to our loyal customers—we could not have made it to 20 years without you.  Mike would like to extend a personal and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for the opportunity to be of service as your shrink wrap supplier and colleague.  It is our hope that we grow and prosper together for another 20+ years!
*** April 21, 2012 is the official date when Dr. Shrink will hit our second decade in business and we have big plans for our customers.  Be sure to keep up on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, and blog site for all our latest happenings.  If you’re familiar with our social media outlets, you are aware that Dr. Shrink is no stranger to having contests and giveaways.  It might be our anniversary, but be on the lookout for the presents to be bestowed upon you, our customers and friends. ***

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Dr. Shrink’s Recycling Run 2012

We are thinking spring already and preparing for our annual Recycling Run for 2012.  Dr. Shrink is once again teaming up with Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) for the third year in a row in an effort to make sure shrink wrap is recycled properly every spring.
Shrink wrap will NOT biodegrade in a landfill, so it is important to have it recycled.  Our Recycling Run program makes it simple and straightforward:

  1. 1.Buy Dr. Shrink REBAGS® for $3.00 each from Dr. Shrink
  2. 2.Stuff the REBAG® with ONLY shrink wrap (no buckles, strapping, access doors, etc.)
  3. 3.Request a pick-up form from Dr. Shrink to schedule a pick up

Pickup regions are all throughout Lower Michigan and we have expanded this year into Wisconsin and Illinois as well.  The Wisconsin Marina Association is working to start the program in their state and BARC will be doing the pickups within all three states.  Optima Colour is also participating in the effort for the second year, and will be doing pickups in Ontario, Canada (within 200 miles of Toronto).
If you are curious about removing a shrink wrap cover properly for the Recycling Run, please reference this video below.

*This video was filmed in January 2011*
If you are interested in participating in the Recycling Run, please see the complete details and form Why to Join the Recycling Run 2012.pdf & Recycling Form 2012.pdf.
For Canadian recyclers, Shane McKenna with Optima Colour at 519-622-5700 or by email
If you are in Wisconsin and would like to know more about the Wisconsin Marina Association, please clickhere!