For the past 22 years, Doug Mulay has been involved in supplying the consumer electronics industry with plastic cabinetry. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1978, his first duty was to expand the Addison, Ill.-based Mulay Plastics Inc. into the growing market in the mid-south. After developing new customers in this area, the firm began production in a newly acquired facility in Holly Springs, Miss.
As the southwest markets began to grow, Mulay Plastics — founded by Doug's father, Sam, and six others back in 1969 — recognized a need to be closer to the border zones. In 1988, the company puchased a then-closed facility in Casa Grande, Ariz. From that plant, it was able to serve both Tijuana and Juarez, Mexico.
He served as vice president of Mulay Plastics from 1985 until 1992, when he was promoted to president and CEO by the company's new board.
Under his direction, Mulay Plastics opened two new facilities in 1996 — one in Forrest City, Ark., and the other in Tijuana, Mexico, the firm's first venture outside the United States. In 1998, Mulay open its second Mexican facility, in Juarez. Today, the privately held company has annual sales of more than $100 million and estimates that it molds cabinets for almost 40 percent of the televisions sold in the United States.
Doug Mulay, meanwhile, has been very active in several industrial groups and vocational advisory boards. His interests also extend beyond Mulay Plastics, as he has been elected to three terms of office as a member of District 12 Board of Education in the state of Illinois.
Mulay lives in Illinois with his wife, Barbara, and three daughters.