Who We Are.
67-Years in Business in 2012!
"We've been doing this for a very long time.
(and we're very, very good at it!)" -Bing J. Carbone, President
It all started in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in June 1945 (even before "plastic" was a common word), when Joseph C. Carbone opened "Modern Glass Company" - a one-man operation specializing in same-day installation of automobile window glass. A pot-bellied stove generated all the heat that was needed to keep production going through the long, cold New England winters.
Commitment to customer service was simple: "Whatever it takes."
By the mid-1950s, "Modern Plastics and Glass Inc." took advantage of an exciting new breed of materials known as thermosets and began carrying phenolics, its first group of plastics materials. We continued that trail-blazing spirit in 1961, becoming the first of "the first" distributors of Rohm & Haas' new Plexiglas® acrylic sheet, an inspiring, but relatively unknown, material. It was a decision that would change the company forever.
Thirty years after we opened our doors, plastics consumed 90 percent of our business. Under the direction of the second-generation President during the seventies and eighties, expansion began first with a new facility in Rhode Island and later with several other locations in Massachusetts.
We embraced the future, incorporating advanced computers and material barcoding into every facet of our operations. Sadly though, we also had to say goodbye to part of our past and phase out the glass portion of our business in the mid-eighties.
In September 2001, Modern Plastics became the first Plastics Distribution Company in the USA to earn an ISO:9001:2000 Certification (we are now certified to ISO 9001:2008). The company is audited every six months to ensure conformance to the ISO Standards. Modern Plastics employs a full-time Quality Control Director, Kevin Daly, with continuous employee training throughout the year.
In 2003, Modern Plastics announced the formalization of a new "Medical Plastics Division," where perhaps the industry's largest inventory of "lot-controlled" medical grade plastic products is stocked. Modern Plastics is an approved supplier to major medical industry customers worldwide and undergoes rigorous internal audit inspections by those clients.
Today, Modern Plastics, now under corporate ownership, with company President Bing J. Carbone and a highly-trained and experienced staff, is poised for meeting the challenging requirements of its customers by setting new industry standards with faster advanced computer technology, material bar coding and certification of all plastic materials, huge expansions of our inventory and product lines, Kaizen management programs and rigid quality control standards.
Modern Plastics has expanded its reach on a global basis by acquiring several international representatives across the world and by shipping plastic products to a wide range of International customers.
Modern Plastics continues to make improvements in its operations and customer service features, such as our 2007 launch of the Modern Plastics On-Line Purchase Center and new www.modernplastics.com website. This site is revised daily with new product offerings and is a wealth of plastics technical information and materials all at your fingertips for fast shipment.
In late 2009, Modern Plastics achieved ISO 9001:2008 and became the 1st plastics distributor in North America to become ISO 13485:2003 certified (August 2011).
In late 2010, Modern Plastics merged it's three satellite locations in New England to it's parent company in order to fully direct it's resources and energy into a single corporate facility in Shelton, Connecticut.
In early 2011, Modern Plastics moved into a world-class, state-of-the-art plastics distribution facility in Shelton, Connecticut, with a large focus on medical plastics and high performance engineering stock shapes. In addition to offering custom fabricated plastic product, Modern Plastics has opened a brand new Retail Store for cut to size Plexiglas, Lexan, other plastic rod and sheets and accessory prodcuts.
We have at last moved into our new facilty as of April 26, 2011. Come visit us and our NEW Retail Store at 88 Long Hill Cross Road, Shelton, Connecticut (just off of Bridgeport Avenue).
We've grown lot since 1945 because customers like you have put your trust in our company. We still believe in doing "whatever it takes" to keep you happy and satisfied with our service and products.
"And in all these years, that's one thing that hasn't changed!"
Bing J. Carbone, President