FWP completes ISO – Recertification

FWP is pleased to announce a very successful completion of our ISO 9001-2008 comprehensive Re-Certification audit. Conducted by Perry Johnson Registrars Inc., earlier this year, FWP’s Quality Management System was found to be effective without any nonconformity.

FWP’s ongoing commitment and disciplined approach to ISO along with a comprehensive Quality Management System have shown continuous marked improvements in all areas since inception.

Fort Wayne Plastics is a leader in structural foam molding and structural web molding with close to forty years in business.

Fort Wayne Plastics has nine low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding presses with capabilities of up to 150 lb. shot.  In addition to structural foam molding, FWP is a viable technical resource for plastic conversion opportunities and new product development. FWP also boasts a 70,000 + square foot warehouse and secondary assembly capability.

New Product Launch

Fort Wayne Plastics is happy to announce the successful completion of a trial run of sample product for a new FWP customer.

FWP is always honored to partner with customers to mold their low pressure, multi -nozzle injection molded plastic parts. We value new and ongoing relationships and understand our services ultimately add value to our customer’s offerings.

We work very closely with our customers to effectively manage the implementation or transition of a new product into the fold of our molding operation.The FWP management professionals operate as a cross functional team with the aid of a lead project manager to assess and address all aspects associated with the successful transition of a new customer program. FWP technical resources work with the customer to meet and exceed expectations in all areas. In addition to part molding and mold-ability performance issues; procurement, scheduling, tool and material management, quality, shipping, and possible FWP warehousing plans are established during the early stages of a new tool build or existing tool transition.

FWP is proud to work with all of our customers and we deeply appreciate and recognize the importance of FWP’s role in our customers’ success in the marketplace.

FWP Announces New Additions to Management Team

Bill Hammons – Plant Manager

In 1978, Bill started his career in the low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding industry as a Press Operator.  Over the years, Bill has gained valuable experience and knowledge in multiple areas of the injection molding industry including mold set-up, maintenance, plant supervision and manufacturing engineering.  Bill will oversee all plant operations at FWP and report directly to the Operations Manager.  With over 34 years of industry expertise, Bill will be counted on to be a valuable addition to the FWP team.

Jim Platt – Maintenance Manager

Jim entered the maintenance field in 1977 as an entry level mechanic.  Through formal education and on-the-job training, Jim eventually became a Maintenance Superintendent.  In 2005, he attended the University of Wisconsin for Structural Engineering and is now considered a Practicing Engineer. Jim will oversee all areas of plant maintenance and will report directly to the Operations Manager.  FWP is pleased to welcome Jim to the team and anticipate him to be a key person in the overall success of FWP.


Conversion Opportunties with Fort Wayne Plastics

Structural foam plastic is a solid choice for converting products made from steel, concrete, or wood.  Structural foam molding and structural web gas-assist molding are ideal for many applications due to the inherent properties associated with the molding process.  Desirable product qualities, such as the ability to mold parts of large physical size, parts that require high visual appeal, design flexibility and the integration of multiple parts into a single part, high strength and rigidity, and light weight in relation to overall size are only a few of the benefits obtained by the low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding process.  Pricing is competitive with other plastics molding processes, as well as lower tooling costs due to aluminum construction of these molds.

Thermoplastic resins are excellent materials for conversion because they reduce part weight, increase durability, and provide an environmentally friendly recyclable product allowing cost savings of the part.  FWP is an expert partner in guiding your company with converting your part and will manage all aspects of the process with part design support, material selection, and tool design support.  All of these factors will optimize the “mold ability” of the part to help lower tooling costs and ensure that the finished part will meet or exceed all of your expectations and requirements.

High-Density Polyethylene

One of the more commonly used resins we mold with at FWP is high-density polyethylene (HDPE).  HDPE is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum and is structured from ethylene by a catalytic process.  HDPE is commonly recycled and has the number “2″ as its recycling symbol.

HDPE Informational Facts:

  • Maximum Temperature: 248 degrees F  /  120 degrees C
  • Minimum Temperature: -148 degrees F / -100 degrees C
  • Melting Point: 266 degrees F /  130 degrees C
  • Tensile Strength: 4550 psi
  • Hardness: SD65
  • Specific Gravity: 0.95


HDPE Resistance:

  • Excellent resistance to acids, alcohols, and bases
  • Good resistance to aldehyde and esters
  • Excellent for any food related products, FDA, NSF, and USDA
  • Good chemical resistance and high rigidity
  • Good impact resistance, light weight, very low moisture absorption, and high tensile strength


Please contact the Sales department at FWP with all your low pressure multi-nozzle structural foam molding needs at 260-432-2520 or sales@fortwayneplastics.com.


FWP Business Development

Fort Wayne Plastics continues to pursue new customers, new markets, and new opportunities.  The primary strategy is to promote the low pressure, multi-nozzle injection molding process of structural foam as an alternative manufacturing means that is economically and functionally viable to products being currently made from other materials including; metal, wood, concrete, etc.  Fort Wayne Plastics has the capability to partner with our customers and offer necessary engineering, intellectual and project management support from the transition products to structural foam.

Another objective of our business development efforts is to be the molder of choice for current structural foam plastics designs by promoting Fort Wayne Plastics’ core competencies of manufacturing, assembly, quality, internal systems, and customer service.  Fort Wayne Plastics proves an attractive partner with a stable history of more than 30 years in business, 9 low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding presses, a 100,000 square foot warehouse, and most importantly, superior customer service.  Please contact Jim Emmons, Business Development Manager, at 260-432-2520 ext. 362 for any of your molding needs.

What is Structural Foam Molding?

Structural foam molding is a low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding process that provides a plastic part an outstanding weight to strength ratio.  Many large structural parts require thicker walls and ribs than standard injection molding can produce.  Structural foam molding allows for the injection molding of thick wall parts with the addition of a foaming agent.  In order to produce a thicker wall part,  a small amount of nitrogen or chemical blowing agent is required to be injected into the plastic material.  Under pressure within the injection screw and barrel, the foaming agent does not expand.  When the melted plastic enters the mold cavity and core, the foaming process occurs.  As the foamed plastic fills the mold, the wall of the part hardens against aluminum mold wall.  A thin layer forms a skin structure that is supported by the foamed inner core.

Fort Wayne Plastics is a preiminent structural foam molder strategically located in the Midwest USA. Fort Wayne Plastics has nine structural foam injection molding presses and an 80,000 square foot warehouse to meet customer’s need and expectations.

Fort Wayne Plastics News Blog

Welcome to the newly created Fort Wayne Plastics Blog page.  FWP is anxious to share with you updated information about our company, what’s happening in the low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding industry, and other references that you may find interesting and helpful with your business.  We welcome any feedback and suggestions that you may have on any these blog posts.  Please check back regularly for updated information.