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    Looking Ahead for Global Economic Trends

    Consistent with the positive trends in the overall U.S. economy, this year (like 2016 and 2017) is shaping up to be an excellent one for PFC and our customers across all industrial sectors. But, as the late economist Herbert Stein wisely observed, when it comes to global economic trends “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

    When it comes to gaining an understanding of economic trends and what we might do in response to them, we at PFC — like many of our fellow Vistage members — look first to ITR Economics, a small but global economic forecasting and consulting firm in Manchester, NH. We look to – and trust – them for one simple reason: for the 20+ years that we have been a client, their forecasts have been far more accurate than any others we know of. That accuracy, in part, may be a “no-nonsense New Hampshire thing;” they focus on the numbers while being notably disinterested in the political implications of those numbers or what might be trendy in the mainstream business press.

    Getting back to Herb Stein’s observation… while 2018 is shaping up to be an excellent year for business, it can’t and won’t go on forever.  ITR’s CEO Brian Beaulieu and his staff already see clear signs in the U.S. industrial sector that “portend slowing growth in the latter half of 2018 turning into mild contraction for 2019.”

    In response, ITR suggests that businesses build up their cash reserves now – “to mitigate the difficulties” they will face in 2019, and, to “invest for the accelerating growth trend expected in 2020.” In addition, as the economy turns downward, ITR recommends that firms consider “offering more price-sensitive products to appeal to cash-strapped firms” and that they market how their company’s products and services can help their customers reduce their costs.



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    The Plastic Forming Company Introduces Custom Digitally Printed Labels

    For Immediate Release

    Woodbridge, CT, May 5, 2016.   The Plastic Forming Company, Inc. (PFC), the leading manufacturer of double-wall blow molded carrying cases for over 50 years, is pleased to announce the addition of in-house full color digital label printing.

    According to Andrew G. Amatrudo, PFC Vice President for Customer and Product Development, “The availability of full color, photo quality labels in small quantities is something new in our industry. PFC now has the capability to quickly and affordably reproduce customer logos, tag lines, registration marks, and more to help our customers with their overall branding strategies.”

    About The Plastic Forming Company

    Established in 1966 the Plastic Forming Company is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of blow molded products.  Since 1989, a significant portion of PFC has been owned by its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). So when you call PFC, you’re talking to “one of the owners” – no matter who you speak with – and that makes a big difference.

    With an in-house design team, and manufacturing at both their Connecticut headquarters and Massillon, Ohio factory, PFC has the ability to offer their customers a wide variety of blow molding capabilities including the production of stock cases which can be customized to for most applications.  Whether you are looking for a custom molded interior, custom foam, fully custom case or a simple stock case – PFC Cases can meet your needs.

    All PFC products are made in the USA and are molded from tough, recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE).  No other material even comes close to HDPE when it comes to impact, resistance to solvents and oils, and durability.

    For additional information, please contact Jacquie Gilmore at 203-397-1338, or via email at



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    PFC Launches Growler Getter Growler Tote

    The Plastic Forming Company (PFC), long recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of blow-molded plastic products announces the launch of the PFC Growler Getter Growler Tote. PFC’s Growler Tote has been designed to comfortably accommodate two 64 oz. growlers and at only 1.3 lbs the Growler Getter is light and easy to transport. The Growler Getter’s handle is engineered to be used with a vehicle’s seat belt system to securely hold it in place preventing spillage. As an added benefit, Growler Getter’s interior has space for ice or cooling packs to help keep your favorite brew cold on the ride home. In the unlikely case that a growler or cap is damaged Growler Getter’s interior cavity can safely hold up to 128 oz of liquid. The Growler Getter will be available at select microbreweries and retail outlets as well as on the web at, eBay and PFC Website. PFC plans to release a Growler Getter for 32 oz growlers later in the year.

    “As the general public’s interest in craft brews has increased PFC realized that we are in a position to take advantage of this growth by offering a product that is unique in the marketplace”, states John Womer, President of PFC.

    According to the Brewers Association the number of microbreweries and brew pubs in the U.S. grew from 1,521 in 2008 to over 3,200 in 2014. Craft breweries account for 14.3 percent of the $100 billion United States beer market.

    As with all PFC products the Growler Getter is designed and manufactured in the USA using materials sourced only from domestic manufacturers. The Plastic Forming Company employs more than 50 people between their Woodbridge, CT headquarters and manufacturing facility and their Massillon, OH factory. The PFC Growler Getter is made of lightweight high density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) and is fully recyclable.



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    Case by Case

    The Plastic Forming Company was featured in the May/June 2015 edition of Manufacturing Today!

    Case by Case

    The Plastics Forming Company’s proprietary molders help it best serve clients.

    By Russ Gager

    PFC Case by Case



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    PFC Introduces New Panel Cases to Their AllConditions™ Line

    PFC Cases, long recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of blow-molded plastic cases has introduced a new interior customization to their AllConditions™ line of durable, weather resistant cases.

    AllConditions™ cases are available in 4 sizes,   11 inches (11½” x 8½” x 5″) 14 inches (14″ x 10½” x 6″) 18 inches (18.00″ x 12.50″ x 7.00″) and 22 inches (22.00″ x 16.50″ x 8.00″).  All cases are available in Yellow, Orange or Graphite and can be purchased via our website at or by calling our customer service department at 203.397.1338.

    AllConditions™ Panel Cases can be ordered with a rigid board of moderately expanded closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which has a low gloss matte black finish and can be affixed with the included reusable plastic fasteners.  Upon request our sales department would be happy to discuss additional options such as an aluminum panel or the capability to fully customize a panel cases to include electronics or specialty panels.

    About AllConditions™

    PFC’ s newest line of cases, the AllConditions™ weather-resistant line, 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.  AllConditions™ weather-resistant cases are an excellent way to transport, store and protect cameras, handheld VHF and weather radios; GPS and other navigational tools and electronics; emergency alert flares, personal locator beacons and strobes; binoculars and night-vision; fishing reels, first-aid items, and more.


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    PFC Introduces New Specialty Cases to Their AllConditions™ Line

    PFC Cases, long recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of blow-molded plastic cases has introduced a new add-on to their AllConditions™ line of durable, weather resistant cases.  The new offerings are being targeted at the photography and sporting enthusiast, and with their custom foam interiors, these cases securely hold most DSLR cameras, lenses and peripherals as well as interiors designed specifically for GoPro® and Contour compact high performance video cameras.

    The interiors for the DSLR case consist of custom configured die-cut foam on the bottom and convoluted foam in the lid of the case.  The die-cut foam allows the user to configure the case as best fits their own needs to safely house their equipment.   The foam interior has been tested with Nikon, Canon and Olympus cameras and peripherals.

    The cases designed specifically for GoPro® and Contour video cameras each have foam interiors that have been specifically designed to hold either a GoPro® or Contour compact high performance video camera safely and securely and will lock out dust and moisture.


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