Factory in California


 
Manufacturing of Bathtubs & Sinks.

Milo Cripps, President originated the concept of manufacturing Bathtubs, Shower products and Sinks using vacuum formed Acrylic reinforced with Fiberglass in 1970.

Starting from zero, Milo established a 60,000 sq. ft., manufacturing operation in California in 6 months supplying 400 Bathtubs and 600 Sinks per day in the Western United States.


Background:

In 1970 a new business was founded by Milo Cripps based on his evolution of a product concept using vacuum formed Acrylic, backed with Fiberglass to manufacture a series of Bathtubs, Sinks, Shower Stalls and Wall Panels.

Also designed were required tooling, machines and a conveyorized manufacturing capability for volume production. Capital was raised and 'The Plastics Group, Inc., was formed in 1971.

The company commenced production in 6 months, and within another 10 months sales increased to a $12 Million per year(1) rate.

Evolution:

  • Developed resource requirements, budgets and schedules
  • Designed products and tooling: Bathtubs, Shower Stalls etc.
  • Established manufacturing operations
  • Purchased molds and vacuum tooling locally
  • Implementation of machines, equipment and conveyor operations
  • Developed parallel prototyping programs
  • Hired required management staff
  • Developed sales resources thruout the U.S.A.
  • Awarded major contract by Borg Warner to produced Versa Bath shower stalls
  • Commenced production with fast growth reaching 400 bathtubs/day and 600 Sinks/day.


In 1974 the company had to cease operations due to the 'Energy Crisis' which caused unavailability of Acrylic materials.

Milo Cripps was then retained by Glynwed, U.K. a major British conglomerate to establish Bathtub and Shower manufacturing products in England. See Factory in England.


(1) Shown as year 2010 dollars.