Don Sloan, Raytown High School, Class of 1958
Donald “Don” Sloan, 1958 Raytown High School graduate, tried to retire in 1992, but no hobby could compete with his love of screen printing, so he returned to the business and founded Polymeric Imaging in North Kansas City in 1993. Since then, he has researched, formulated and filed six patents in the field of digital printing
His company is viewed as an innovator of ink systems, and many larger companies are following his UV technological advances. “It can’t be done” is not a part of Don’s vocabulary, and his corporate vision has
always centered around problem-solving.
Since Sloan left Raytown High School in 1958, he has pioneered and developed all laminating, decorative coatings for the Boeing 747 jet program. He also developed the first Ultra-Violet curable ink systems in America. He says he received a lot of on the job training while working with chemists and started to build his own formulas, claiming he has a “curiosity that never seems to end”.
Don’s wife, also a 1958 RHS graduate, three children, and six grandchildren keep him busy when he is not working. He and his wife operate the Sloan Foundation, which gives annual grants in areas of community service that need funding.
Sloan was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing in 2000, and now we are proud to have him as a member of the newest Hall of Fame class in Raytown.