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INDIANA Rubber & Plastics Company, Inc.
Genealogy...three generations worth


1936
Firestone acquires Schacht Rubber Company, Noblesville, Indiana.


1945
W. Kenneth Pickett works in the lab at Firestone during World War 2, even sleeping on a cot in the lab during peak prioduction. The plant grows to 800,000 square feet, manufacturing air ride shocks, tank track, hose, v-belts and custom molded products.


1956
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 Pratte & 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 Allison Gas Turbine.


1961

Pickett moves the operation to a building in Cicero, Indiana which grows to 7700 square feet after expansion.


1974

Daugher Wanda (Pickett) Chatel takes over as President and CEO.


1979

As generation three in the business, I 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. My job description expanded to include running presses.


1988

Wanda and I found Indiana Rubber & Plastics Company to seek out innovators in custom plastics and rubber, with an emphasis on custom molding. We established partnerships, many of which are 30+ years old.

Continuity since 1936. Competitive pricing through uncanny innovation. Give us a try.



--Terence R. (Terry) Garrity, President and Owner







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Moira Elder performs accounting, purchasing and customer service. She's also a third generation member of the family business.
Co-founder Wanda Chatel was second generation in the molding business just behind her father, a former lab technician at Firestone.