It started with a simple kitchen stool.
– 1st Company (AIRMOLD) started in Buffalo N.Y
– Living Hinge Cases Patented
– Double Wall Cases Developed & Patented (with Living Hinge)
– AIRMOLD company sold to W.R. Grace
– PFC Opens on Lunar Drive in Woodbridge, CT
– M2 Latches developed & patented
– Modular tooling patented
– Reinforced mechanical hinges patented
– Multi-Compartmented totes patented
– PFC Begins in house production molding
– John Womer joins PFC
– Super Latch developed becoming industry standard for almost 20 years
– 2nd Connecticut factory opened on South Bradley Road in Woodbridge, CT
– So Bradley Rd. facility doubled in size & operation consolidated
– 1st CAD system Purchased
– Integrally formed hinges developed & patented
– SST Stock mold building program begins replacement of all 065 thru 120 case sizes
– Mold skirts patented
– 1st in house CNC & CAM added to tool room
– PFC Ohio opens
– MST Stock Mold Building Program begins replacement of all sizes 135 thru 170
– LST Stock Mold Building Program begins replacement of all sizes 230 thru 275
– IST Stock Mold Building Program begins replacement of all sizes 180 thru 230
– Peter Schurman Retires from PFC
– John Womer Aquires PFC
– Small run Thermofoming capabilities added
– Lid Flaps developed & patented
– S2 & S3 latches developed & patented
– 1st Hot Stamped production cases developed
– Universal small mold mounting chases developed
– Stock internal case tray line developed for MST & IST cases
– Stock line increased by adding (4) new design thin molds
– Purchase (5) Sterling 36″x48″ molder from defunct Delta Consolidated Raleigh
– Stock Line increased by adding (5) Living Hinge cases w/ slide latches
– AllConditions Cases developed & Released
– Helped develop and commercialize 1st 4 color heat bonded labels
– Case adapter shoes developed & patented
– EDM capabilities added to tool room
– Injection mold building brought in house
In late 1963, Peter T. Schurman was working to develop a new blow molded step for a Hamilton Cosco kitchen stool. Designed to replace the steel and rubber steps then in use, the top surface of the new molded step was flat and textured, while the bottom surface was ribbed – providing greater rigidity, and making it easier to attach the step to the stool’s metal frame. While inspecting two prototype parts one day, it dawned on Schurman that if he joined two of those steps together with some kind of hinge, he would create a rectangular box with interior compartments that could be used as a package – in other words, a double-wall blow molded case.
In the two years that followed, Schurman started his own company, developed his invention further, and then sold both the company and the rights to his original invention to W.R. Grace Corporation.
Establishing A Brand
In 1966, Schurman founded The Plastic Forming Company (PFC) in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Initially, PFC focused on machinery development and specialty custom blow molding. In 1969, PFC entered the double-wall blow molded carrying case business using a new process developed by Schurman.
For the following decade, and driven by continuous product and process improvements, PFC-type cases gained wide acceptance owing to their unique combination of extreme durability, product protection, styling freedom, and moderate cost. The market and the Company grew rapidly as these cases became the preferred method to package a wide variety of consumer and industrial products, including hand tools and power tools, chain saws, camping lanterns, and postage meters. To accommodate that growth, PFC established and licensed other companies in the U.S. and in Europe, and eventually ceased case manufacturing to concentrate on product design and development, mold building, and the design, development, manufacture, and sale of blow molding equipment for its licensees.
In the early 1980s, PFC resumed case manufacturing with an emphasis on the development of a proprietary line of cases to package the broad array of products sold by small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors. Among the many products now packaged in PFC cases are: professional hand and power tools, portable test instruments and meters, microscopes, surveying transits and other optical devices, heart monitors and medical instruments, educational kits, and more. To complement its proprietary line of cases, PFC also manufactures foam and custom blow molded inserts and thermoformed inserts and trays.
Expanding Our Business and Products
Employee Ownership – ESOP
Since 1989, a significant portion of PFC has been owned by its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). An ESOP is not simply an employee benefit, it is real ownership, and it gives every PFC employee a stake in how well the company does. When you call PFC, you’re talking to “one of the owners” – no matter who you speak with – and that makes a big difference.
In the spring of 2012 PFC introduced their AllConditions™ line of weather resistant cases. AllConditions™ cases are an affordable alternative for those looking to purchase a protective case. With a proprietary gasket sealing system to keep your gear clean and dry, AllConditions™ weather-resistant cases are designed to lock out dirt and moisture while still being affordable. AllConditions™ cases have been certified IP53 by a nationally accredited independent testing laboratory.
Currently PFC is working on several new ideas to further enhance our cases.