Dordan Manufacturing History

Dordan was founded in 1962 by Vivian and Edwin Slavin in Chicago. In 1974, their son, Daniel, takes over, moving the company in a more progressive direction. Dan moves Dordan to Woodstock, IL, in 1994 to meet the growing demand for thermoformed packaging. In 2013 Dordan achieves ISO 9001 certification; in 2019, Dordan completes construction of is ISO Class 8 cleanroom.

First generation, Chicago, IL

Dordan began as a contract packager, which also manufactured skin packaging and small volume single-sheet vacuum forming. Dordan transitioned into high-volume plastic thermoforming in the late 1960's.

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.

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 the continuous production of quality thermoformed packaging.

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 packaging. In February 2017, Dordan attained certification for ISO 9001:2015.

Dordan constructs a cleanroom for medical packaging.

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


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.