Austin Foam certified as women's-owned business

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Austin Foam Plastics Inc. recently earned a certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

The Pflugerville, Texas-based company, founded in 1978, is majority-owned by the daughters of Tim O’Hearn, who died in 2013. He was the company’s first employee, and became majority owner in 2003.

His shares are now held by April O’Hearn Abello, who is the CEO and director; and Devan and Dacey O’Hearn, who are shareholders.

The company provides protective packaging for retail and direct shipping customers.

The designation enables the company to serve Women’s Business Enterprise Council members who seek to diversify their supply chain, government contracting opportunities and access to a network of 10,000 certified companies.

“AFP is proud to become part of the WBENC community and join thousands of successful business leaders who share WBENC’s vision to foster diversity in the world of commerce,” Abello said in a news release.

AFP has five U.S. facilities: Pflugerville, Dallas and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; and Nashville, Tenn. It offers polyethylene, polyurethane and expanded polystyrene foam products as well as corrugated boxes.