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.
“KELLEY” LESLIE KELLEY, PLANT MANAGER:
Joined Elwyn in 1978 when they were in partnership with Dolco Packaging. Now a 40-year Plastiform veteran, Kelley is the technical maestro of our two production facilities. “Like father, like son,” is his moto, having sired the other Kelley on the team. He’ll tell you his proudest moment in his long career was when his son Jason came on board.Updating and maintaining our equipment in top shape just isn’t enough tool time for Kelley so he builds award-winning hot rods at his hacienda east of Dallas. His “Big Cheese Rat Rod” is a consistent auto show first place winner.
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:
John Cooley, GM:
Jason Kelley, Production Manager:
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:
The Front Office Troika of Rosa Santana, Jenny Olascoaga, 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.
Afshin BEhanfar, CAD Design:
Hailing originally from Tabriz, Iran (far NW Iran so he speaks Turkish, Farsi, and German). A mechanical engineer by training, he worked as a design engineer for a large tractor manufacturer before he immigrated to the U.S. in 2013 with his wife and son after winning the green card lottery. From there you have the typical immigrant story: battles English; works hard, really hard; son is a killer student and wants to be a doctor. And in a year he’ll be a citizen! For fun he plays the Azerbajanian Tar (an exotic 11 string eastern guitar).
Brad Elledge, Sales & Marketing:
To provide you beautiful custom packaging solutions… while cutting down your costs!
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!
Certifications & Awards
What sets us apart from other
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.
that you can be proud of?
We will even send you a FREE sample
when you request a quote…