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 prioduction. 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 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.
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, 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.
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
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.