VERO BEACH, FLA. — Stuart MacDonald, 83, a Detroit native who owned several plastics, rubber and metal-stamping companies in Michigan and Georgia, died April 11 at his residence in Vero Beach.
MacDonald established MacDonald Manufacturing Co. in New Baltimore, Mich., in 1943. The injection molding company expanded with a new plant in 1946. MacDonald Manufacturing used an early hopper loader.
MacDonald established Pac-Lite Products in Marine City, Mich., a pioneering company in expanded polystyrene processing.
He also bought another processor, Insta-Set Plastics, moving it from Troy, Mich., to New Baltimore.
MacDonald also started Macon Molded Products in Waycross, Georgia, which molded rubber car mats for the automotive industry. He also owned a metal stamping and tooling company and a firm that manufactured wheel weights for cars.
A funeral was held in New Baltimore.