Dordan Manufacturing History

Custom thermoform designer and manufacture since 1962.

Dordan Manufacturing was started by Edwin and Vivian Slavin in 1961 and incorporated in 1962. Beginning as a contract packager that also manufactured skin packaging and small volume single-sheet vacuum forming, Dordan transitioned into plastic thermoforming in the late 1960's.

Dordan history

Dordan Manufacturing, 1968, Chicago, IL; Daniel Slavin seen in white tee-shirt

Second-generation takes over.

In the early 1970's, Edwin's son Daniel came into the business, taking over for his father in 1974. Once Edwin retired, Daniel began moving the company in a more progressive direction with the introduction of CAM/CNC produced tooling, early utilization of microprocessor based thermoformers, and a commitment to the design and manufacture of high quality thermoformed packaging solutions.

Vintage Dordan ad

Vintage Dordan Manufacturing print ad, Packaging World, 1984

Dordan expands into new facility.

In the early 1990's, Dordan moved from Chicago to Woodstock, IL, expanding into a 50,000 square-foot facility. Dordan continued to invest in plastic thermoforming machines, tooling capabilities, engineering technologies, and research and design to ensure its continued reputation of thermoform design and manufacturing excellence. 

Plastics thermoforming

Dordan's thermoforming facility in Woodstock, IL


Dordan is ISO 9001 certified.

In April 2013, in conjuncture with its 50th anniversary, Dordan achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for the design, manufacture, and distribution of custom thermoformed products and packaging. In February 2017, Dordan attained certification for ISO 9001:2015.

ISO 9001 2015 certified

Dordan constructs a cleanroom for medical packaging.

In 2019, Dordan completed construction of its ISO Class 8 cleanroom for manufacturing medical packaging like medical device trays and surgical and procedural kits.

Cleanroom thermoforming

Dordan's cleanroom for manufacturing thermoformed medical packaging


Third-generation owned, fourth-generation employed.

Daniel Slavin is the current President & CEO, joined by his son and General Manager, Aric Slavin; his daughter, Chandler Slavin; his son-in-law, Daniel Haavig; and his grandson, Julian Slavin.

Dordan Christmas

Daniel Slavin with grandson at Dordan's Christmas party