Hillsboro, Ore. — Rod Roth, CEO and majority owner of R&D Plastics LLC, was born into a family in the plastics industry.
Roth grew up spending summers running the injection molding presses at Grant & Roth Plastics Inc. The company was co-founded by his father, Merrill Roth, and his mother, Ivy Roth, was company controller.
At the time, he wanted to be a rocket scientist. Then he went to college and studied political science.
But eventually he drifted back to plastics, first at Grant & Roth Plastics.
Rod Roth eventually served as president of Grant & Roth. The family sold that business in 1989, but Roth soon found himself imagining the possibility of starting a brand-new injection molding company.
After all, he said: "Being unemployed provided a great incentive."
On April 5, his R&D Plastics LLC in Hillsboro celebrates its 21st anniversary with an open house. Now 74, Roth is delegating more responsibilities and managing a leadership transition.
Upon his death, Roth has arranged to have his ownership shares go to R&D President Charlie O'Bosky and Vice President of Business Development Ron Knowlton.
Both O'Bosky and Knowlton have extensive experience in the plastics processing business, including tenure at Grant & Roth Plastics in Hillsboro.
Knowlton said he came "back to work for Rod at R&D in 2003," and O'Bosky returned to the Northwest and joined R&D in 2007.