In more than 20 years at Plastics News, I've run across a lot of companies with a lot of interesting founding stories. But I don't think I've come across one like Plastiques Moore Inc. before. Plastiques Moore, recently purchased by Exo-s Inc., is an injection molder and toolmaker founded by a mother and daughter team.
While I've seen my share of firms created by a husband and wife, or by a woman working either solo or with partners, a mother and daughter team stands out.
In 1991, Marie-Claude Guillemette and her mother, Judith Moore, wanted to get into business and opted to create an injection molding company. Plastiques Moore produced its first part on Jan. 7, 1991.
The company began at a business incubator in Saint Damien, Quebec, with three employees and two presses. It did well enough that it expanded in 1994 and now has more than 100 workers at sites in Canada and Mexico.
Judith Moore retired in 1999 and Marie-Claude Guillemette continued running the company, adding more capabilities as it expanded.
When molder Exo-s announced Feb. 2 it would buy Plastiques Moore, the company had mold making, design and molding of high-precision medical parts. It says it is the only injection molding firm in Quebec with three ISO Class 8 clean rooms for medical molding.