Whether it’s a plastic tumbler, bucket, dust pan, colander, laundry basket or a piece of outdoor furniture, chances are you have a product manufactured at Alladin Plastics.
Located in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park, the company has long been recognized as a leader of injection molding that produces plastic products ranging from drinking cups to furniture.
The company was originally founded in 1946 by Sam Avedon in Los Angeles.
At that time, the company was primarily a houseware producer making plastic laundry baskets, buckets, colanders and drinkware. In fact, by the 1960s, business was booming and Avedon decided the company needed a second manufacturing facility for the East Coast.
Avedon purchased 55 acres in Hawkins County, Tenn., and began construction of his second manufacturing plant, a 250,000 square-foot facility that opened in 1966.
While en route to Tennessee to visit his new facility, Avedon died of a heart attack.
After its founder’s death, Alladin would change hands several times and, for many years, was owned by Lenox China. Lenox introduced its Melamine dinnerware line to the operation and, also during this time, Alladin produced plastic furniture components for the North Carolina furniture industry. Alladin is now privately owned.
Along with plastic housewares, these proved to be good profitable lines for Alladin until the late 1980s when other housewares manufacturers came onto the scene.
"They were investing a lot into new products, and we were not," explained Bob Hickman, executive vice president, Alladin Plastics.
It was time for Alladin to enter a new market. The company took its expertise in the production of housewares and created its own Alladin Line and added screen-printing to its capabilities to produce advertising specialty products. Alladin can add a customer’s corporate logo, team emblem, special event or club insignia to any of its Alladin line. The specialty advertising and retail line has become one of Alladin’s major divisions.
Additionally, Alladin manufactures resin furniture for stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Target.
Alladin recently received its ISO 9000 certification and is working on the next level of certification so that it can be a viable player in the automotive industry.
Hickman has been with the Hawkins County facility for 34 years and he attributed the company’s success to the employees.
"The West Coast facility was closed in 1997, but this facility has remained viable thanks to the expertise of our employees," he said.
Alladin continues to look for new markets.
"We have a lot of talent and capability here. There are not many companies as diverse as Alladin. We have large machines that can mold an outdoor chair and small machines that can mold a coffee mug. We run the gamut from large to small machines and that puts us in a unique position as an injection molding company," Hickman explained.comments powered by Disqus