ADDISON, ILL.—Sam Mulay, chairman emeritus and founder of Mulay Plastics, died Nov. 27, after a long battle with cancer. Mulay, 79, founded the Addison-based custom injection molder in 1969. Before that, Mulay worked in the fledgling television manufacturing industry as a purchasing manager in the 1930s for Admiral Corp.
Mulay's son, Douglas, said his father decided that his forte was on the ``other side of the table'' in sales.
``His ability to sell was his strength,'' he said.
In the mid-1950s, Sam Mulay started Mulay Sales, a firm that represented suppliers to the television manufacturing industry, which included plastics processors and corrugated and metal stamping companies. In 1969, one of his biggest clients, a plastics processor, announced that it was closing. Mulay, along with some of his former client's ex-employees, decided to start a custom molding company. He was 53 years old.
Since the 1970s, Mulay Plastics has focused on providing plastic components for the television and consumer electronics industries.
``My father watched the television industry develop, and how the plastics industry developed with it,'' Douglas Mulay said.
Besides the main plant in Addison, the company has four manufacturing facilities: Holly Springs, Miss.; Forest City, Ark.; Casa Grande, Ariz.; and Tijuana, Mexico. The Tijuana plant will be dedicated Jan. 16 in honor of Sam Mulay.
Douglas Mulay said his father was a true pioneer and entrepreneur in the plastics industry, but was ``always able to listen and adopt new ideas and new ways of doing things.''
In addition to Douglas, Sam Mulay is survived by his wife, Mildred, and daughters Veronica and Gail.