Our Packaging Roots
Placon (formed by combining “plastic” and “container”) was incorporated on May 12, 1966 in founder Tom Mohs’ basement.
BlisterBox Sets the Standard
Patented in 1980, the popular BlisterBox® clamshell container becomes the industry standard in clear stock clamshell packaging.
Placon Incorporated is established after Tom Mohs builds a small thermoforming machine in his basement. A plastic jewelry box is the first product produced.
At This Time in History: The Sound of Music wins the Best Picture Oscar
Placon purchases its first automatic thermoforming machine
At This Time in History: The Packers and Chiefs play in the first Superbowl.
A 6,000 sq. ft. facility is built on the newly purchased McKee Road property in Madison, WI.
At This Time in History: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man on the moon
The company becomes one of the suppliers of the blister that goes over the Kodak® Color Burst Camera
At This Time in History: Sony introduces the Walkman
Tom Mohs, together with Richard Engel, invent and patent what is to be a mainstay in retail stores worldwide, the Placon BlisterBox container.
At This Time in History: Ted Turner launches CNN
The company adds its disposable plastic food packaging division
At This Time in History: Michael Jackson releases Thriller which sells more than 25 million copies
Placon’s internal Recycling Department is established
At This Time in History: Vinyl records fall behind CDs in sales
Placon’s Madison, WI office becomes ISO 9001 certified.
At This Time in History: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland
The company’s Custom Products Division is formed, taking thermoformed packaging to new heights.
At This Time in History: Frozen water is found on the moon by the Athena probe
The Placon facility in Madison, Wisconsin earns its first AIBI inspection certificate and its first order for Crystal Seal.
At This Time in History: The Producers wins 12 trophies at the Tony awards
Roll with RPET
Recycled PET (RPET) rollstock extrusion line added. Placon will go on to extrude over 13.3 million pounds of RPET roll stock by the end of 2004.
At This Time in History: The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy
The company adds a new printing department.
At This Time in History: Google, the company, goes public
Placon is named one of the Top 20 North American Thermoformers by Plastics News magazine
At This Time in History: YouTube is launched in the US
The company’s recycled PET extruded rollstock material for thermoforming applications is branded under the name EcoStar®
At This Time in History: Apple iPhone is announced
Placon acquires Barger, a total solutions medical device packaging company located near Warsaw, IN. Placon’s state-of-the-art recycling facility producing EcoStar PET rollstock opens its doors.
At This Time in History: Kate Middleton and Prince William marry at Westminster Abbey
The company receives a DuPont Gold and IOPP AmeriStar award for P&G Gillette’s Venus & Olay package and picks up a Barger AmeriStar win for its Wright Medical clamshell packaging design
At This Time in History: The smallest known exoplanet, Kepler-37b is discovered
Injection molding capabilities are added with the acquisition of Plastic Packaging Corporation.
At This Time in History: Germany wins the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Placon expands further into the retail and medical packaging markets through its acquisition of Brookdale Plastics, located in Plymouth, Minnesota.
At This Time in History: Rio de Janeiro holds South America’s first Summer Olympics
Placon celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
At This Time in History: The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in more than 100 years
Placon founder Tom Mohs is inducted posthumously into the Plastics Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking contributions to the Plastics Industry.
At This Time in History: "The Great American Eclipse" is visible from coast-to-coast across the United States
Placon increases communication and decreases turn-around time for customers by opening its Design Center of Excellence at its headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.
At This Time in History: Serena Williams sets a record for the most major tournament wins by an individual ever
Placon wins two Gold Awards at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Thermoforming Conference.
At This Time in History: Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value
Placon adds Class 8 clean room in Elkhart, IN manufacturing facility to support continued medical market sales growth.
At This Time in History: US fashion company Michael Kors buys Italian brand Versace for $2.1 billion
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Placon is recognized by IoPP and receives three Ameristar awards.
At This Time in History: The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) named highest paid actor 2nd year in a row earning $89.4 million
Placon is awarded three awards at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Thermoforming Conference in the Industrial and Food packaging categories.
At This Time in History: Batman celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic