American Filtrona Corporation, fiber extruder and supplier of cigarette filters and ink reservoirs, diversifies into plastics, acquiring Southern Plastics of Columbia, SC. Established in the early 1940s, Southern Plastics extruded sheet and profile plastics. Today, this facility specializes in plastic extrusions for lighting fixtures and other custom segment applications.
American Filtrona Corporation acquires Porth Plastics Co. of Des Plaines, Illinois. Founded in the early 1960s as a family business, Porth Plastics developed plastic products for commercial refrigeration, point of purchase retail, and landscaping. Today, this facility specializes in retail and other custom extrusions.
American Filtrona Corporation purchases A & B Plastics in Yakima, Washington. Founded in 1973, A & B Plastics manufactured fence and custom extruded plastics. Today, this facility specializes in aerospace and other custom extrusions.
American Fitrona Corporation buys Duall Plastics of Athol, Massachusetts, which specialized in the design and manufacture of custom plastic extrusions for a range of industrial and consumer products such as children’s toys, board games, and marine products. In the following decade, Duall Plastics began manufacturing fences, recreational and medical products, and other custom extrusions. Today, this facility specializes in medical tubing and fence, among other custom extrusions.
Bunzl Plc., a multinational distribution and outsourcing company headquartered in London, UK, acquires America Filtrona Corporation. The plastic extrusion companies under American Filtrona are realigned as a new entity Bunzl Extrusions, Inc., which forms a part of the worldwide Bunzl Plastics organization.
Bunzl Extrusions buys Davidson Plastics, a profile extruder of different custom products including fence, traffic and safety, located in Tacoma, Washington, and Pexco Inc., a specialist medical tubing extruder located in Northborough, Massachusetts. Today, the facility in Tacoma specializes in fence, traffic and safety, and other custom extrusions. In 2007, Pexco of Northborough is merged with Duall Plastics in Athol, and the facility is expanded. The name Pexco is later reused by the company in 2009 and adopted as its corporate identity.
Bunzl Extrusions expands into Monterrey, Mexico by opening a new extrusion plant. Bunzl follows its existing lighting customers from the US and expects to broaden its Mexican customer base. Today, this plant features the ability to extrude a wide range of product applications including lighting, refrigeration, medical, retail, and automotive.
The Filtrona fiber and plastic business, organized under Filtrona International Limited, demerges from Bunzl Plc. and becomes Filtrona Plc., a separate publicly traded company listed on Financial Times Stock Exchange 250 in London. Bunzl Extrusions, Filtrona’s plastic extrusion division, becomes Filtrona Extrusion, Inc.
Filtrona Extrusion moves its headquarters from Richmond, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia.
Filtrona Plc. sells its North American Plastic Profile and Sheet business, Fitrona Extrusion Inc., to private equity investor Saw Mill Capital Partners LP.
Filtrona Extrusions Inc. is renamed Pexco LLC.
Pexco buys Patrician Products Inc. of Hicksville, New York, a plastic extruder of fence and lawn and garden products. This acquisition solidifies Pexco’s fence product capabilities and expands its custom business. The Patrician operation is consolidated into Pexco’s existing extrusion facilities.
Pexco acquires Multitube Medical Devices S.A. de C.V. of Mexicali, Mexico, which specializes in custom extrusions for the medical device, health and safety, and consumer product markets.
Pexco buys ALLWEST Plastics of Huntington Beach, California. This acquisition solidifies Pexco's aerospace and lighting capabilities and expands its custom business.
Pexco acquires RDC Cytex of Houston, Texas. RDC Cytex specializes in retail store fixture extrusion and merchandising solutions.