History of Montville Plastics & Rubber
1977 – We started out of a four-car garage in Montville, Ohio, with one extruder creating thermoplastic rubber and plastics parts. Founder Don Hofstetter started the business after leaving the U.S. Army and buying a Sterling 2.5A plastic extruder. Hofstetter taught himself how to run it and cut his own thermoplastic dies.
Flexible PVC was the first compound used at Montville, and Sunbeam was our first customer, followed shortly by Whirlpool. Montville began making gaskets for roll-around vacuum cleaners and form hoses. Soon it was time to expand and Don began adding additional extruders.
1979, Thanksgiving – Montville Plastics & Rubber moved into a new, 3,000-square-foot facility.
1982 – Montville patented its first product, a ring for plastic drums.
1988 – A very busy year! We outgrew the former facility and moved to our current location in Parkman, Ohio.
Montville purchased Kessler Products of Youngstown, a window profile company.
Montville connected with Iron Horse Engineering Company. The company had sought to partner with a rubber extrusion company in Ohio to help them develop products for the rail industry. Montville developed 10 to 20 high-profile designs for Iron Horse Engineering. In 2002, Hofstetter would purchased Iron Horse.
Around this same time, Montville won the contract to complete gaskets for the Biodome in Arizona. The interior gutter system we designed out of rigid PVC is still intact to this day.
1990 – Montville developed windshield gaskets for the Hummers for Operation Desert Storm.
2002 – Hofstetter purchased Iron Horse Engineering Company. It still resides today on the same property as Montville Plastics & Rubber outside Cleveland.
2003 – A growth year for Montville Plastics & Rubber in our design and engineering capabilities. We were awarded contracts to make the rubber mats for Reebok Step Aerobics; helped Rutgers University develop a plastics formula for making plastic lumber boards; and began making plastic ties for railroads in South America and Brazil.
2004 – 2013 – Continued to expand design capabilities and engineering (more than 2,000 dies created), facilities (over 150,000 square feet), and operations (10 extruders and 2 plastic injection molding machines).
2014 – Jay Roberts joined Hofstetter as partner in Montville Plastics & Rubber. The company doubled the size of the tooling and product engineering team to place a focus on our customers who increasingly depend on us to design and improve their products. We added a third EDM machine, re-branded the company, and continue to investment in updates to our facilities.
2015 – Montville expands into new industries: freight, mining, railroad and automotive/construction.
2017 – Launch new product line for the transportation industry: scuff liner boards.