MEET THE TEAM

Introducing the team that literally, “brings the heat” to your thermoform plastics project every day.

ELWYN JONES, FOUNDER (RETIRED):

At 85, Elwyn still comes by the plant once a week to make sure we’re doing good work.  Elwyn started his career as an equipment engineer with Dixie Cup and helped develop the very first plastic cup manufacturing line in the U.S.  That involved months of work with Brown Equipment Group, the largest maker of plastic thermoform equipment in the U.S.  Once those four plastic cup lines were installed and running, Brown stole Elwyn to be VP of Research & Market Development.  For ten years he travelled the U.S. for Brown until he decided to open his own thermoforming plant in Dallas, Texas in 1974.  Despite great customers like Mary Kay and Texas Instruments, Elwyn will tell you the first 15 years in business were a nightmare.  Still, he beat the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics odds that 70% of businesses fail by their 10th year.  “I never got an ulcer but I lost all my hair; the last ten years were great!” recounts Elwyn.   Son Jeff, who started up his own thermoform molding company serving short run needs, bought his dad’s company in 1998.  In succeeding years, the company quadrupled in size, now coming up on 50 years in business.  

JEFF “ROCKY MOUNTAIN” JONES, PRESIDENT/OWNER:

His dad having founded the company back in 1973, you could say Jeff was born with a plastic spoon in his mouth. Leading a debt-free company, he drives a 20-year old Expedition with 380,000 miles so he’s expert at getting the maximum value out of an asset, or for our customers. His ‘happy place’ is in the mold shop, creating just the right combination to produce an exceptional thermoform package. Or, at his cabin in Colorado.

DONNA LEE, OPERATIONS MANAGER:

aka “The Warden”, this steely lady is known for running a tight ship at our short run & prototypes plant. As a kid growing up in Auburn, NY, Donna worked in her uncle’s plastics vacuum forming factory: no spoon, but definitely plastics in her blood. Came to Texas after high school to visit a friend and never went home. Had to talk Jeff into hiring her (really?) and after 30 years, she brags that she still “loves her job.” When not passionately serving customers, Donna is probably pursuing her other passion of poker. She plays in tournaments nationwide providing a return to her sponsors and her retirement account.

JOHN COOLEY, GM:

“The Good Yankee”, originally from upstate New York, he never got rid of that accent. Starting as a process engineer at Texas Instruments, he’s invested the last 20 years of his career at Plastiform. He’s the “Mr. Mioshi” of thermoform plastics, taking your ideas/specifications and meticulously refining them into championship shape and a price quotation. Specialty: intricate multi-view design drawings by hand with a #2 pencil. Claim to fame: ran in the Boston Marathon.

NATHAN TROUTMAN, DESIGN, PROJECT & QUALITY MANAGER:

Hailing originally from southern Arizona (glam places like Douglas and Oracle), Nathan was a crackerjack sheet metal fabricator by the age of 8. That, thanks to his dad being a vocational instructor with the Community College district. Add machining, welding, wiring, Solidworks CAD design and other programming skills, and you have our ultimate utility player. He brings a passion for creating efficiencies for our customer experience and manufacturing workflows, while maintaining excellence in all we produce. Got a problem with your packaging? We got Mr. Fixit.

BILLY HARDEE, SENIOR PACKAGING DESIGNER:

Have you ever seen a $4,000 pool cue? Me either until I walked into Billy’s office to discuss a project one day. Must be that working out packaging geometry in Solid Works CAD all day plays out as a passion for pool shot geometry at night.

ROSA SANTANA

JENNY SOTO

MARLENY GOMEZ

THE FRONT OFFICE TROIKA OF ROSA SANTANA, JENNY SOTO, AND MARLENY GOMEZ:

Sí, hablamos español muy bien! Plastiform is where the old axiom gets turned around from “behind every good man is a great woman’, to ‘in front of every good man is great women’. These ladies are the first people you’ll see when you walk in the office and often the first person you’ll talk to with a phone call. We celebrate International Women’s Day, every day…. because they are.

OUR MISSION

TO PROVIDE YOU BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM PACKAGING SOLUTIONS… WHILE CUTTING DOWN YOUR COSTS!

  • Help you find the right custom packaging solutions at the lowest cost possible
  • Design eye-catching that would increase the ‘perceived’ value of your products and make retailers excited to have your products on their shelves
  • Save you from making huge investments in wrong moulds and tools through 3D model designs and accurate prototypes
Our team at Plastiform is trained and skilled in providing each client only top-notch packaging designs, lightning-fast prototyping & tooling, and the right custom thermoformed plastic packaging manufacturing solutions.

We’re based in Irving, Texas and have been helping clients like you get the right custom packaging they need without breaking their budget for 44 years and counting!

WHY WORK WITH PLASTIFORM

Results-Oriented Packaging Solutions

We know what works for over 44 years and we’ll repeat the same results for you. We know what kind of packaging:

  • Secures retailers’ approval
  • Attracts your target customers
  • Leaps over your competitors
  • Drives down shipping & warehousing
  • Prevents product damages due to shipping and mishandling
  • Generates more revenue and profit

Massive Production Capacity & Range

With Plastiform, there’s no project that’s too big or too small.

From prototyping five samples, to short runs, to long runs in the millions. From tiny & thin to big and thick, Plastiform has the capacity to handle your thermoform production requirements.

We boast 9 roll-fed, high volume production lines capable of running 24/7, plus 10 short run lines.

We can deal with your massive production requirements and complicated parts with no problem!

Industry-Grade Supply Chain Support & Solutions

We have the warehouse capacity, technical team, and advanced systems & machinery to help you with your supply chain support problems. Whether it’s Make & Hold, JIT Delivery, or Seasonal Production, we have the manpower, the experience, and the equipment to meet your most complicated requirements. We work hard to make it easy to do business with Plastiform!

CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

ISO
SPE
Institue of Packaging Professionals

WHAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER
PACKAGING MANUFACTURERS:

1. We treat you as our friend

We lasted this long because we build long-lasting relationships with our clients.

We know our clients don’t have the time or the energy to learn the subtle nuances of packaging manufacturing, that’s why we provide them lots of coaching and hand-holding so they could get the best packaging solution at the best price—just like a true friend would!

2. Your project isn’t too big or too small for us

We have dozens of packaging solutions that allow us to be flexible enough to cater to every client’s production needs.

Whether you need high-volume packaging or low-volume packaging, we have the right packaging solution that fits your product’s needs and your budget.

3. We make package designing and prototyping a convenient and budget-friendly process for you

We understand that you don’t want to waste tons of money on the wrong mold. That’s why our engineering team makes it easier for you to decide by providing you 3D-rendered models that are designed to be functional and pleasing to the eye.

We also offer packaging prototyping so you can test out the package’s form, fit and function before making a huge investment in a permanent production tool.

NEED BUDGET-FRIENDLY CUSTOM PACKAGING
THAT YOU CAN BE PROUD OF?

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We will even send you a FREE sample
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