Imperial Plastics, Inc. was founded in 1968 and shortly thereafter became a subsidiary of Fingerhut Corporation. Imperial Plastics remained a subsidiary of Fingerhut until 1990, producing proprietary products for the parent company. During this time, Imperial grew in size, operating with 15 molding machines, 30 employees, and 1500 square feet of space.
In 1990, Fingerhut decided to divide itself from Imperial Plastics and sold the company to John Gambell who had been the general manager of Imperial Plastics since 1975. With the Fingerhut proprietary business in decline, Imperial Plastics began to redefine its role and became a customer plastics injection molder. In 1993 Mr. Gambell added a 35,000 square foot expansion and by 1996 Imperial Plastics had grown to 70 employees, 33 molding machines, and 50,000 square feet of manufacturing/warehouse space.
Norm Oberto purchased Imperial Plastics on January 2, 1997, and very quickly accelerated Imperial’s growth plan. Mr. Oberto saw the opportunity to grow Imperial Plastics by converting metal parts to plastic. The growth model involved “inventing” plastic opportunities by working closely with customers engineers to redesign metal components into plastic components and assemblies.
The company adopted a simple mission statement to “create and maintain customers” by meeting, or exceeding, customer expectations through quality, delivery, service, and continuous improvement.
Over the next 20 years, Imperial Plastics grew by assisting customers with design, development, prototyping, and ultimately production of plastic components and assemblies.
Consequently Imperial Plastics has grown to be one of the largest plastic injection molders in North America. Today Imperial has over 600 employees, 150 molding machines, and 850,000 square feet of plant space. In addition, the company presently operates 3 manufacturing facilities, a distribution center, and a corporate office/technical center.
Imperial Plastics has also become a platform company, having purchased 5 custom plastic injection molders since 2004. Each acquired company has allowed Imperial Plastics to expand and diversify its customer base.
Aside from ranking as one of the largest plastic injection molders in North America, Imperial Plastics is one of the few molders offering the range of capabilities and press sizes from 40 ton to 3300 ton capacity, as well as structural foam, multi-shot, and assembly expertise.
We are proud of our history and significant growth, and we are most proud of the many long standing employees, customers, and suppliers who have contributed significantly to the Imperial Plastics story thus far.
We are also excited about our plans for the future with our emphasis on our T.O.P.S values (transparency, ownership, positive attitude, and stewardship).