In the late 1990's
The company began expanding the capabilities of the in-house machine shop with the purchase of several computer-controlled machining tools and the addition of advanced design software. These changes allowed more flexibility for designing and building larger cavitation molds and for more rapid and accurate tooling repairs. Changes were made to improve quality control and safety and sales of closures expanded into the laminate and plastic tube market.
Josh Barrett (grandson of the founder, late Arther Sr.) bought the company. Under Josh’s leadership, Barrett Plastics has made great strides to improve business practices, processes and to expand its customer base. Recent improvements include the addition of new office space, additional warehouse space, an expansion of the production area, the launching of a new quality assurance program, the implementation of a state-of-the-art inventory control system and the addition of a central vacuum material handling system. Barrett Plastics has also increased its production capabilities with the addition of new injection molding machines, support equipment and additional staff. Today the business operates 11 injection machines, running 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
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At the age of 79
After starting 15 other successful businesses, the late Arther Barrett, Sr., started Artco, Inc. (dba Barrett Plastics) in 1994. Initially started as a custom injection molding business supplying caps and closures to the aluminum tube industry, soon the idea was conceived to design and build molds in-house. To fill a void in the molding industry, Barrett Plastics took advantage of available warehouse space and began to stock large quantities of inventory ready for quick shipments.