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Dordan Celebrates 55th Anniversary Thermoforming Custom Packaging with the Implementation of Robotics; hosts tour with City of Woodstock

Posted by Chandler Slavin Oct 25, 2017 9:27:57 AM

Woodstock, IL—October 25th, 2017—Custom thermoforming company Dordan Manufacturing, of Woodstock, IL, celebrates its 55th anniversary with the implementation of robotics, marking yet another milestone for this family-owned and operated business. Dordan hosts tour with the City of Woodstock to commemorate the occasion.

Dordan has been designing and manufacturing plastic thermoformed packaging solutions like plastic clamshells, blisters, trays, and components since 1962, when it operated in a small storefront shop on Elston Avenue in Chicago. Owned by Edwin and Vivian Slavin, the company took a more progressive turn with the appointment of current CEO & President Daniel Slavin as majority owner in the mid-1970s. Just in his early twenties at the time, Daniel had the foresight to see where the industry was heading, and invested in CAM/CNC produced tooling and microprocessor based thermoformers. With the commitment to outstanding quality and engineering-based thermoform designs, Slavin propelled Dordan through the decades, evolving the firm from its modest beginnings into the sophisticated design and production house it its today. Spanning 50,000 square feet with 11 in-line thermoforming machines that have the capacity to convert 75 million pounds of material annually, Dordan is a one-stop shop for highly-engineered thermoformed products and packaging for the healthcare, electronics, retail, automotive, and industrial end markets and industries.

Dordan Manufacturing isn’t slowing down as it nears its 6th decade of business. The company is investing in robotics that streamline the pipeline and produce parts smarter, faster, and cheaper. Slavin explains, “We’re generating additional production capacity with the implementation of automation platforms via robotics. These add-on processes expedite in-line thermoforming, and married with our skillful use of labor efficiency and asset utilization, allow us to continue to provide high-quality thermoformed products in quick-turn time at competitive pricing to our customers. Slavin reflects on the company’s move into automation: “If you don’t evolve, you don’t survive.”

As it celebrates its 55th anniversary, Dordan Manufacturing looks forward to continuing to exercise its commitment to corporate sustainability. With various initiatives aimed at the social, economic, and environmental sustainment of the company, community, and industry, Dordan is invested for the long-term. Dordan’s Sustainability Coordinator Chandler Slavin comments, “Dordan is a family-company that cares deeply about the products we make, people we employ and service, and community we operate in. As a corporation, we believe it is our responsibility to be a conscientious company, dedicated to the sustainment of the plastics and manufacturing industries, and the local community.”

Dordan celebrates 55-years thermoforming

Above: Members of the City of Woodstock with (from left to right) Dordan's Chandler Slavin, Aric Slavin and Daniel Slavin; Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager pictured center right.

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