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Spectrum Plastics Group History

From Extrusion to a Spectrum of Specialty Medical Plastics

The US-based specialty plastic products company today known as Spectrum Plastics Group combines the histories of Pexco, Kelcourt Plastics, and PPC Industries.  

Spectrum Plastics Group History

Our history comprises the stories of three specialty plastics organizations: 

  • PPC Industries, a specialty films and flexible packaging manufacturer based in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin;
  • Kelcourt Plastics, a medical tubing extruder based in San Clemente, California; and
  • Pexco, a specialty extruder and medical plastics company based in Alpharetta, Georgia. 

For many years Kelcourt Plastics and Pexco competed in the high volume medical tubing space.  Around the end of the first decade in the new millennium, both found themselves under new ownership, specifically PPC Industries in the case of Kelcourt.  Later transactions on both sides incorporated a wide range of new technical and manufacturing capabilities suiting the medical device sector, ultimately yielding the combined Spectrum Plastics Group when the two were merged in 2017. 

The Spectrum Timeline

Today, the Spectrum Plastics Group, across 3 continents, 5 countries, 16 facilities, and over 1,500 employees, manufactures specialty plastic and silicone devices, components and assemblies for the medical devices industry.

Our vision is to serve as a trusted partner and leader to the Medical Device Industry, providing comprehensive and highly engineered plastics and material solutions, which enable health restoring therapies for the benefit of patients globally. 

2017

On May 8, 2017, Kohlberg & Company and PPC Industries, Inc., parent to Kelpac Medical, acquires Pexco LLC and forms the new Spectrum Plastics Group, with headquarters seated in Alpharetta, Georgia. 

2016

On September 1, 2016, the Kelpac Medical division of PPC Industries announces the acquisition of Xeridiem Medical Devices. 

By June 30, 2016, Pexco consolidates Scientific Plastics Corp. into its Spectrum Plastics Group operation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

On January 11, 2016, Kelpac Medical acquires VitalMED, Inc.

2015

On December 30th, 2015, Pexco LLC acquired Scientific Plastics Corp., a specialty injection molder in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

On December 8th, 2015, Pexco LLC announced the acquisition of Precision Extrusion, Inc., an advanced medical tubing and catheter extrusion company.  

2014

Kohlberg & Company acquires PPC Industries, Inc. 

Kelpac Medical acquires a major capital position in Apollo Medical Extrusion. 

2013

On September 3rd, 2013, Pexco has entered the injection molding business, acquiring the Minnesota-based operation of Spectrum Plastics Group , Inc. Spectrum Minnesota (Spectrum) is a precision injection molder of advanced thermoplastics selling primarily into the medical and surgical, defense, and aerospace fields.

2012

On January 20, 2012, PPC Industries forms Kelpac Medical. 

On August 9th, 2012, Pexco was acquired by Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC from Saw Mill Capital LLC.

On August 23, 2012, Kelpac Medical opens its plant in Tullamore, Ireland.   

2011

Pexco acquires Multitube Medical Devices S.A. de C.V. of Mexicali, Mexico, which specializes in custom extrusions for the medical device, health and safety, and consumer product markets.

2010

In late 2010, Kelcourt Plastics is acquired by PPC Industries, Inc. 

2009

Filtrona plc (today Essentra plc) sells its North American Plastic Profile and Sheet business, Fitrona Extrusion Inc., to private equity investor Saw Mill Capital Partners LP.

Filtrona Extrusions Inc. is renamed Pexco LLC.

2005

The Filtrona fiber and plastic business, organized under Filtrona International Limited, demerges from Bunzl Plc. and becomes Filtrona Plc., a separate publicly traded company listed on Financial Times Stock Exchange 250 in London. Bunzl Extrusions, Filtrona’s plastic extrusion division, becomes Filtrona Extrusion, Inc.


Filtrona Extrusion moves its headquarters from Richmond, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia.

2000

 In 2007, Pexco of Northborough is merged with Duall Plastics in Athol, and the facility is expanded. The name Pexco is later reused by the company in 2009 and adopted as its corporate identity.

1989

American Fitrona Corporation, itself later acquired by Filtrona International, buys Duall Plastics of Athol, Massachusetts, which specialized in the design and manufacture of custom plastic extrusions for a range of industrial and consumer products such as children’s toys, board games, and marine products. In the following decade, Duall Plastics began manufacturing fences, recreational and medical products, and other custom extrusions. Today, this facility specializes in medical tubing and other custom extrusions.

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Learn more about the wide range of capabilities at the Spectrum Plastics Group.