Genealogy...three generations worth
Firestone acquires Schacht Rubber Company, Noblesville, Indiana.
W. Kenneth Pickett works in the lab at Firestone during World War 2, even
sleeping on a cot in the lab during peak production. The plant grows to
800,000 square feet, manufacturing air ride shocks, tank track, hose, v-belts
and custom molded products.
Pickett leaves Firestone to found Iris Rubber Company, Inc. in a shop behind
his carport. Using hand operated presses he produces roller skate stops,
Q-inserts for coal mining machinery, develops contact wheels used in jet
engine compressor blade finishing for Pratt & Whitney and patents a
durable rubber covering for box scores and creasers with Inland Container
Corporation. Also molded plating masks for [then] Sundstrand Aviation,
Naval Avionics, Detroit Diesel Allison and [then] Allison Gas Turbine.
Pickett moves the operation to a building in Cicero, Indiana which grows
to 7700 square feet after expansion.
Daugher Wanda (Pickett) Chatel takes over as President and CEO.
As generation three in the business, Terry Garrity came into the family
business as bookkeeper, buyer and estimator. A tool room was added to build
and repair molds. With the the opening of free trade with the Far East,
in the downturn of 1983 sales plunged nearly 50 percent.
Indiana Rubber & Plastics Company started by Terry Garrity and Wanda
Chatel to seek out innovators in custom plastics and rubber, with an emphasis
on custom molding. We established strategic partnerships, many of which
are 30+ years old
Indiana Rubber & Plastics Company now owned by second generation industry
veteran Dan Flanagan, combining sales, customer service and marketing experience,
education and expertise with technical experience and skills.
Continuity since 1936. Competitive pricing through uncanny innovation.
Moira Elder performs accounting, purchasing and customer service. She's
also a third generation member of the family business.