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History of Innovation

Wright Engineered Plastics has been providing high quality custom injection molded and decorated parts since 1968. Our founder, Doug Wright, was one of the original Hewlett Packard employees. During the development of the first scientific calculator, he recommended that it include keys molded from two colors of plastic rather than printing the characters on the keys. Doug Wright then pioneered this application of injection molding technology in his garage at home. Soon he was a full-time molder, supplying “two-shot” keys for the HP calculator, as well as computer keyboards and telephones. Today our toolmakers and manufacturing technicians continue the tradition of precision and quality required for the production of superior high tech products.

World Class Quality

In the ‘80s the company was purchased by three Raychem engineers. They instituted a world class quality management system that enticed customers, in the medical, military and automotive industries. The quality systems implemented were medical “Good Manufacturing Practices” (predecessor to ISO 13485), military (mil-specs) and, of course, QS 9000 (predecessor to TS 16949). During this time the company produced millions of parts for automotive giants, such as General Motors, Ford and Honda. Hewlett Packard (now Agilent Technologies), has remained a customer for more than 45 years. In 2001 Wright was one of 22 companies worldwide to become a certified supplier to Agilent Technologies. This certification joins numerous other quality and service honors that the Company has obtained during the last five decades.

Investment in Technology

In the 90’s the company was purchased by the current owners, and the strategic focus shifted to the production of components and assemblies for Silicon Valley high technology and high growth medical companies, like HP, Cisco, LifeScan and Abbott. This strategy required continual investment in manufacturing technologies so that the company could provide solutions that most benefited its customers. Our technical experience with two-shot molding led to advancements in insert and overmolding.

Certified green business and award winning “Best Practices”

Engineered Plastics was the first manufacturing company in the Bay Area to be a “Certified Green Business”. When our CEO discovered that the ABAG green certification program didn’t include manufacturing companies, she formed a committee to expand the program. Since then the company has received numerous awards for “best practices” in the environmental stewardship category. As a certified green manufacturer, Wright is not just trying to become green. Every applicable agency [gas and electric, water consumption, water cleanliness, solid waste, pollution control, and air quality] has audited us and all of their suggestions have been implemented. Wright embraces sustainability because it is the right thing to do for the environment, our employees, and our community. It’s also had a positive effect on our business. Our customers love that they have a Green-certified, US-based manufacturing partner without impact on their cost.”

Competitive in a Global Marketplace

The American manufacturing industry has suffered from severe global competition during the last decade. This was particularly true in the San Francisco Bay Area as many Silicon Valley companies relocated their entire supply chain outside of the country. Wright survived the exodus because we provided our customers with engineered solutions, responsive service and reliable quality creating value far greater than the pennies saved by purchasing components offshore.