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New Polyvision CEO Kevin McCoy Leads Initiative to Reimagine the Wall

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Polyvision Corporation, a global leader in the innovation and manufacture of CeramicSteel, collaborative writing products, and architectural panels for cladding, is “Reimagining the Wall.” Spearheading this mission is Kevin McCoy, Polyvision’s recently announced Chief Executive Officer, who is driving the company’s vision across the global market.

A long-time industry veteran, Kevin McCoy has worked with well-known brands across the furniture industry and has extensive experience in strategic leadership for multinational organizations. During his 16 plus year tenure at National Office Furniture (National), a division of Kimball International, he held multiple leadership roles, rising through the ranks to the president. One of National’s youngest executives, he was a pivotal force behind increased operational efficiencies in manufacturing, global supply chain, and multi-channel distribution and was also instrumental in positioning the company as a global industry thought leader in the design, technology, and sustainability. 

According to McCoy, Polyvision is poised for a new phase of global development and expansion. “As we focus on advancing our CeramicSteel offering globally, we remain committed to rapid growth and to extending our partnerships in the years ahead.”

Founded in 1954, Polyvision has a long history of innovation – providing chalkboard and whiteboard surfaces for more than 25 million classrooms to architectural cladding in metro stations, tunnels, and hospitals. The company produces its CeramicSteel surface, the core of its product portfolio, in Genk, Belgium and Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Its advanced surface imaging and customizable graphics capabilities have opened up opportunities to integrate art and imagery into architecture to elevate public surfaces with ceramic wall art. 

Notes McCoy, “Polyvision’s CeramicSteel surfaces extend beyond form and function. They also bring people together. We know people are impacted by their environments and bringing to life artwork and color on architectural panels can positively impact the experience in public spaces – strengthening the connections between people and encouraging them to return to those spaces in the future. From a common area at a university to a healthcare facility to a public transport station, the artistic expression takes an ordinary vertical surface and turns it into a destination.” 

In addition, sustainable, hygienic options such as CeramicSteel cladding and surfaces imbue traditionally sterile environments like labs and cleanrooms, hospitals, and other healthcare settings with a fresh look – creating colorful atmospheres where people feel inspired and enriched, yet also safe and protected. These low-maintenance interior surface offerings are resistant to bacteria and germs – contributing to an enhanced sense of health and well-being.

“Today’s public spaces require versatile, resilient products that can withstand the demands of high traffic environments and ongoing wear and tear,” adds McCoy. “The use of modern, high-performance architectural cladding and surfaces can transform commercial offices, schools, transit stations, and healthcare settings and many other public facilities into welcoming, safe and connected spaces that are at once functional and beautiful.”

Service has long been a core pillar for Polyvision. Says McCoy, “We offer a turnkey solution and support our customers along their entire journey. Through a collaborative approach, we partner with our customers to provide solutions for their challenges and are there for them every step of the way.” 

Sustainability is equally important to Polyvision’s mission. The company strives for continuous improvement in all areas of environmental stewardship, including responsible use of raw materials and natural resources, and ensuring that the design processes and operation of its facilities minimize environmental impact. Its CeramicSteel contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), is 99.9 percent recyclable, and has earned global Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze level. Polyvision CeramicSteel is also Indoor Advantage Gold™-certified to meet strict indoor air quality (IAQ) chemical emission limits for VOCs.

A new era for Polyvision is already underway. McCoy is leading a companywide initiative to broaden the reach of the company’s CeramicSteel products across multiple verticals and for audiences throughout the U.S., APAC, and EMEA. The mission is to inspire end users, including architects, interior designers, fabricators, and facility managers, to reimagine surfaces through an artful blend of form and function – all supported by a partner committed to their long-term success.


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