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Professional Plastics Overview

Fullerton, CA
201 to 500 employees
1984
Company - Private
Industrial Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Professional Plastics is a Master Distributor of Meldin® by Saint Gobain, Medical Grade Materials from Rochling and Turcite® by Trelleborg. We are also a prime distributor of Quadrant EPP materials such as Torlon®, Techtron®, Ertalyte® ... Read more

Mission: Professional Plastics, Inc. is committed to providing high-quality products and services to our customers, while demonstrating professional representation and brand promotion to our suppliers. We strive for honesty, effort and integrity in all our dealings to create ... Read more


Company Updates

  • We are pleased to welcome HR Coordinator, Roshni Chopra to the Professional Plastics Family. Welcome to the team, Roshni! Glad to have you on board. #professionalplastics #team #humanresources #leadership #peoplefirst #customerservice

  • Here's a pic of our 11 recent Professional Plastics graduates of the Mitsubishi Chemicals Advanced Materials University in Reading, PA. Way to go graduates! Proud of you!!

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Professional Plastics – Why Work With Us?


Professional Plastics

 

Founded in 1984, Professional Plastics has been a family owned and operated company focused on providing our customers the best selection, prices and service in North America. While we’ve grown our engineering plastics operation into nineteen full-scale stocking locations throughout the USA and Asia, our commitment hasn’t changed. Today, Professional Plastics supplies the widest range of engineering plastics in the industry. Our expansive inventory, competitive prices and exceptional customer service has helped us become the largest supplier of high-performance plastic shapes in North America & Asia.

With knowledgeable and professional team members from California to Washington, Texas to New York, we’re absolutely confident in our ability to assist you in finding the right engineering plastic for the job. Delivered on time, on budget, everytime.

As you can see, our website provides our customers' access to the most comprehensive & up to date information on plastic materials and applications. www.professionalplastics.com has become by far the most visited plastic shapes website in the world. We allow our customers to access pricing, data sheets, product images, descriptions & other information on more than 500 materials from the leading manufacturers in the industry. We hope you will take your time & browse the Materials By Industry, Materials By Application & Featured Manufacturer pages to learn more.

The Global Leader in High Performance Plastics

Professional Plastics, Inc. is a family-owned and privately-held business specializing in the distribution and fabrication of engineering plastic shapes (sheets, rods, tubing, films). Established in California in 1984, the company operates 21 full-service distribution and fabrication facilities in the USA, Singapore and Taiwan. The company currently employs more than 400 people and has annual revenue exceeding $ 140 million dollars. 

History

Starting a family-business is one thing, keeping a family-business together for more than 30 years is quite another. When founders; Larry, David and Mike Kietzke launched a small plastics distribution company in 1984, they never imagined that more than thirty years later the company would still be thriving, and their family ties would continue to grow along with the business.

Professional Plastics was established in October 1984 with two initial California locations; Anaheim and Santa Clara. The Anaheim location served as the companies' headquarters, and was managed by Larry Kietzke, and his eldest son David. The Santa Clara location was managed and operated by younger-brother Mike, who was soon joined by Bill Widby and Delia Smith who remained with the company for the next 30 years.

Larry had started in the plastics industry in 1962, and his 20 plus years of experience was crucial to establishing the initial systems and processes that would guide the company in the years ahead. Larry and his wife Patricia were blessed with six children, all of whom have played various roles in the company over the years. His eldest sons, David and Mike shared in the management responsibilities while focusing on building the companies' sales revenue. The hard-working brothers quickly secured key accounts in the aerospace and semiconductor industries. Despite the Kietzke's experience and market knowledge, they found it difficult to establish operating lines of credit with traditional lenders. Therefore, each of the founders invested $ 15,000 from their personal savings accounts, and used credit cards to finance the business over the first few months. Their financial gamble paid off, and after establishing some early success, the company eventually secured it's first operating line of credit.

In the early years, it was all hands on deck for the Kietzke family. As a father of six, Larry had a home-grown workforce who were more than eager to help. Larry's wife Patricia ran the companies' computer system despite being completely blind. Never deterred by her blindness, Patricia purchased an optical scanner that allowed her to visualize the computer monitor using a small device that resembled a fingertip heart rate monitor. Larry and Patricia took computer classes in the evenings, then purchased a computer and UNIX software package adequate to run a small business. The couples' other children also contributed. Their 20 year old daughter Lori handled the bookkeeping, while 16 year-old son Chris handled shipping and receiving after school. Their son-in-law Rich, handled the fabrication, and a few years later, youngest son Richard joined the team. Their daughter Pamela also joined the company for a period of time, working in the accounting department. In total, all six of Larry's children were involved in the business at one time or another.

Professional Plastics Today

Professional Plastics and it's subsidiaries now employ more than 350 people in 19 locations worldwide, and have a combined annual turnover exceeding $ 140 million dollars. The company has established distribution ties with industry leaders such as Quadrant EPP, Evonik-Cyro, Rochling, Norplex-Micarta, Saint Gobain, Simona, Sheffield Plastics, Vycom, and Corning Macor. The company is currently the sixth largest supplier of engineering plastic shapes in North America while remaining 100% family-owned, and operated. Upon Larry Kietzke's retirement in 2006, David Kietzke assumed the title of CEO, and Mike Kietzke assumed the role of Executive Vice President. Chris Kietzke is the VP of Marketing and runs the companies' Asia Businesses. David's sons Brent and Jeremy joined the company, as did Mike's son Daniel. Each of the fathers have been able to forge a special bond with their sons, by sharing their experiences and knowledge in both life and business. The company has been fortunate enough to have many dedicated long-term employees, including more than a dozen with 20+ years with the company. Special recognition goes to our dedicated staff for their incredible contributions over the years.

Professional Plastics

Professional Plastics, a leading distributor of high-performance engineering plastic shapes, is currently offering great career opportunities. We are a family-owned and operated business that values hard work, integrity and ethics. We are interested in hiring motivated professionals who share our core values and desire to be part of a dynamic team. Established in 1984, Professional Plastics has grown to 18 locations across the USA, Singapore & Taiwan. Professional Plastics is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive pay and benefits.   

Corporate Office - Fullerton, CA

The Professional Plastics Pledge

"I will make every Professional Plastics Experience OUTSTANDING"

We place our CUSTOMERS at the center of everything we do. It is our committment... It is our Culture... It is our Pledge... It is our Focus - Our Customer Focus.

The Professional Plastics Pledge Means:

  • Do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers, by anticipating their needs even before they ask
  • Serve our customers and each other as we would want to be served
  • Always treat customers in a professional, competent, polite and caring manner
  • Handle every customer transaction with the precision required to achieve the highest quality service
  • Process all customer transactions with 100 percent accuracy

Our Mission

Professional Plastics is committed to providing high-quality products and services to our customers, while demonstrating professional representation and brand promotion to our suppliers. We strive for honesty, effort and integrity in all our dealings to create opportunities for mutual growth among our customers, suppliers and employees.

Our Shared Values

  • People: We value our people
  • Service: Our Customer Focus absolutely and positively puts service to our customers at the heart of everything we do
  • Innovation: We create the products and solutions that allow the industries we serve to exceed their highest and best expectations
  • Integrity: We manage our operations, finances and services with honesty, efficiency and reliability
  • Responsibility: We champion a safe and healthy work environment for our employees and the community
  • Loyalty: We earn the respect and confidence of our Professional Plastics people and customers in everything we do

Professional Plastics believes in supporting the communities we do business in and rallying together for the greater good. From our sustainability efforts to supporting local non-profit organizations, to constantly asking, "How can we be a better corporate citizen?" Professional Plastics makes every effort to leave a positive impression on the world around us.

Professional Plastics Reviews

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    "Awesome company"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
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    I have been working at Professional Plastics full-time (More than 3 years)

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    It is an honor to work for such an awesome company here at Professional Plastics, the company has helped me grow as an employee and take my skills to the next level. I have worked for this company going on almost 4 yrs, and I’ve never worked for any company that takes pride in making sure their customers are very satisfied and happy with the material that they purchase like this company does. Not only that, this company also takes pride in making sure their employees are taken care of, this is why I love getting up every morning to come and work hard for this company. I work at the Phoenix Branch, and I can truly say that our branch is one of the best branches within this company. We work hard as team to make sure our customers are satisfied and happy. Our Regional Business Manager Jim Barricks is truly an awesome guy to work for, there is nothing that he would not do to make sure his employees have the tools we need to successfully complete any task we have to make sure our customers are taken care of. We here at the Phoenix branch have an awesome team we all go out our way to help one another complete any task we might have we have each other backs here. Each branch within this company goes out of there way in doing whatever it takes to make our customer happy.

    Cons

    I really dont have any

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing exactly what you are doing

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Professional Plastics Photos

Professional Plastics photo of: American Red Cross Blood Drive 5/01/2019
Professional Plastics photo of: The Civic50
Professional Plastics photo of: Globe
Professional Plastics photo of: Torlon
Professional Plastics photo of: A/R Team - Blessing Bags
Professional Plastics photo of: Mustard Seed School Sacramento - Hygiene Baskets
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Professional Plastics Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Anaheim, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ weeks. I interviewed at Professional Plastics (Anaheim, CA) in July 2018.

    Interview

    I thought the person interviewing me was strictly going through the motions from the beginning. Took my resume, slid across the table, “ Im not into resumes.” Very basic questions- again, like they were interviewing me because someone told them to do so with no real interest. It was weird.

    The HR person was above average. Took 3 weeks to hear back.

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Professional Plastics Awards & Accolades

  • 2019 The Civic50 Honoree, Orange County Business Journal - Points of Light - OneOC, 2019
  • 2018 IAPD Environmental Award (Gold Award), International Association of Plastics Distribution, 2018
  • IAPD Environmental Excellence Award Honorable Mention., International Association of Plastics Distribution, 2017
  • Distributor of the Year, Evonik, 2016
  • Orange County Large Family Business Award, Orange County Business Journal, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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