United Plastics Corporation (UPC) is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the quaint, mountainous town that served as the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry on “The Andy Griffith Show.” UPC has been a mainstay in Mount Airy for more than 70 years, proudly manufacturing all of its products in its Hay Street facility using domestically sourced materials. Providing quality products and supporting America’s economy has remained a core tenet of UPC since its founding in 1946.
UPC has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of automotive die cut wear pads in North America. The company also manufactures custom flexible, rigid, and dual durometer profiles as well as flexible sheet and roll goods for the construction, automotive and furniture markets. In the last decade, UPC has expanded into the soundproofing market to offer commercial and residential customers noise barrier materials for floors, walls and ceilings.
As an ISO-certified organization, UPC is held to the industry’s highest standards of quality excellence. The company also carries the Made in USA designation as a representation of its commitment to source materials and manufacture products domestically.
Director of Operations
At UPC, we’re driven by a simple set of core values that has allowed us to continue serving our customers in the best way we know how.
Seek win-win solutions
Consider alternative viewpoints
Believe in the value of the people around you
Know what “the right thing” means
Do what’s right even when no one is watching
Never compromise with dishonesty
Ask why not?
Invest imagination in each task
Rise above the expected
Commit to the larger purpose
Finish the job
Don’t accept the status quo; adapt change
Bring energy to every task
1946 - United Plastics Corp. was originally founded as Carolina Industrial Plastics (CIP) by brothers Locke and Lewis Webb, who were as prolific as entrepreneurs as they were pioneers in the plastics industry. Innovative products like the hula hoop and plastic-coated wire for clotheslines can trace their roots back to humble beginnings at CIP.
1952 - CIP was acquired by Essex Wire & Cable, which converted the company’s production to the extrusion of black vinyl tape for wire wrap.
1972 - Essex was bought out by United Technologies Corp., and the Mount Airy plant became part of UT’s Automotive Group. It expanded into flexible PVC gaskets and seals for cars.
1992 - UT Automotive was sold and split up. The Mount Airy plant was bought by an investment group in Detroit.
1994 - A group of Mount Airy businessmen purchased the local facility and formed United Plastics Corp. Since 1994, UPC’s capabilities have grown as they moved into automotive heel pads, TPO walkways and rigid foam thresholds. Their line of soundproofing products has become a major soundproofing provider to the Tier-1 automotive sector.
2013 - UPC was acquired by a commercial building envelope systems manufacturer and begins production of an innovative roofing product while continuing to serve its core plastics customers
2021 - UPC celebrates 75 years in business.