Thomas J. Long, founder of Formed Plastics Inc., died June 11 of complications from pneumonia. He was 89.
Formed Plastics is a family-owned custom processor specializing in rotational molding and pressure and vacuum forming. The Carle Place firm is a founding member of the Association of Rotational Molders International, and Long was present at the first organizational meetings.
Long founded the company in 1946 as Thomas J. Long Inc. It originally specialized in machined phenolic laminates, but quickly expanded. Formed Plastics was created in 1959 as a thermoforming division. The entire company was renamed Formed Plastics in 1975 because the division had eclipsed the parent company in size, said his son, Patrick K. Long, current president and chief executive officer.
One of Thomas Long's achievements was the development of a plastic globe to replace the glass lighting cases that were being vandalized around New York in the early 1960s.
The company bought its first rotomolding machine in 1961. Today the firm employs 90 and provides decorative lighting globes and refractors to customers nationwide.
Long most recently was the company's chairman.