Primex Plastics Corporation's talents lie between the sheets -- the custom-extruded plastic sheets that the company manufactures. Primex's products are based on a family of synthetic resins and sheet molding compounds, including polystyrene (HIPS), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyester (PETG), and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). The sheets are used in a myriad of products, from food and medical trays to cosmetics packaging, truck caps and bedliners, outdoor signs, paddle boats, and portable toilets. Primex operates in conjunction with subsidiaries O'Neil Color & Compounding, Pace Industries, Woodruff, and its UK arm Primex Plastics Limited. Privately held ICC Industries owns the Primex.
The company's Richmond, Indiana, corporate warehouse was destroyed in late 2007 in a fire, along with about 1.4 million pounds of stored polypropylene and polyethylene resin. The headquarters employs some 300 local residents; although the city offered assistance to rebuild, the company's plans changed. Remaining loyal to its home town, Primex introduced a training program for local workers. The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County supported the decision with $25,000 in funding. The company runs six manufacturing plants and more than 100 processing lines, as well as its own fleet of delivery trucks. – less