PM Plastics Co.

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Supplier Category: IndustrialSupplier Tags: Assembly Packaging, Custom Tool Design/Building, In-House Engineering, Original Equipment Manufacturing, and Warehouse/Fulfillment

  • Profile

    Product Miniature Company (PMC), known today as PM Plastics Inc.,was a company that manufactured pre-assembled plastic promotional models cars, banks and toys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.It was started by brothers William Edward “Ed” and Paul Ford in 1946. Car model production, the company mainstay, ended about 1965. In 1958 or 1959 the company moved to Pewaukee, west of Milwaukee, and remains there to this day, now producing other plastic promotional products, but not vehicles.In the late 1940s and early 1950s, PMCs main rivals in promotional vehicle models were Banthrico, National Products, AMT, SMP, and Jo-Han. PMC’s vehicle products were called “Tru Miniatures”.

    PMC introduced its first models about 1947, around the same time as Ideal Models, which later changed its name to Jo-Han. Though Banthrico and the similar National Products models were metal, PMC, along with Jo-Han, were the first promotional companies to introduce plastic models to dealerships, both beating AMT by a year or so. Models were first molded in cellulose acetate, which tended to warp over time. Among automotive promotional model makers, PMC and SMP were the only promotional companies that produced nearly all of their products through the lives of their companies (the 1950s) in warping plastic, as they were largely defunct by the time non-warping styrene was introduced. In the early 1960s, PMC did produce some commercial toys in styrene.PMC’s Chevrolet products, like Banthrico, were in the form of banks. Many bank models had the inscription on the bottom “To help save for a rainy day, or to buy a new Chevrolet”. Banthrico and PMC set the stage for future manufacturers like AMT and Jo-Han, producing almost exclusively in 1:25 scale, though a few Chevrolets and Plymouths, like the 1953 Chevrolet Handyman and the early Plymouth Suburban, were produced in a larger 1:20th scale.International Harvester was a regular client throughout PMC’s existence with trucks models produced as late as 1957.


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