San Diego-based ePlastics is a full-service plastic distributor and fabrication company with more than 100 years of experience in the plastics industry.
The New York Times featured ePlastics in a December 2020 article about businesses thriving amid the pandemic. General Manager John Short said ePlastics received calls from all over the world with customers looking for masks, plexiglass dividers and other protective devices. It made 10,000 plastic barriers in 2020, and sales were 30 percent higher.
"EPlastics had to adapt and overcome many of the challenges that affected other plastic distribution and fabrication companies during the pandemic," said Anthony Zazo, director of online marketing. "But we were able to overcome these obstacles and successfully grow the business over this time due to our employees' ability to overcome and adapt."
Turnover has remained low throughout the pandemic, Zazo added.
The company shows its appreciation with a Wall of Fame with plaques of employees and their years of service listed as well as gift certificates for going the extra mile. Fun activities include Halloween costume contests, annual Christmas parties with ugly sweater contests and company-sponsored food trucks for lunch.
The biggest recent news has been the opening of a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Dallas suburb of Coppell, Texas.
"We opened this location to expand the depth and breadth of our inventory, in addition to providing us with better logistics for nationwide distribution," Zazo said, adding that the company is looking to continue building off opportunities related to the Texas expansion.
"It always feels good to get named as a Best Place to Work," Zazo said. "This award is especially important to us because we take a lot of pride in providing a great working environment for all our employees."