A Brief History of Polymershapes

The roots of Polymershapes reach back to the 1940s, when two businesses were formed, each focused on selling plastic sheet and fabricated parts. These small enterprises – Cadillac Plastics, based near Detroit, and Commercial Plastics, founded near Philadelphia – grew steadily over the ensuing decades, adding products, capabilities and services, and opening sales branches throughout North America, to become the two largest distributors in the plastics industry. In 2000, both companies were acquired by General Electric, and combined into an entity that GE named “GE Polymershapes.”

In 2008, GE sold its entire GE Plastics business, including Polymershapes, to SABIC, a global petrochemicals manufacturer based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In late 2016, Polymershapes began a new chapter, returning to our roots and once again becoming an independent business, within a “family” of enterprises dedicated to distribution, serving customers throughout North and South America, Europe and Australasia.

For 70-plus years, the people of Polymershapes have focused on delivering superior service and value to our customers and suppliers. We have continued to broaden our expertise, our portfolio, and our branch network, continually setting new standards for excellence in the plastics distribution industry.

We are grateful to our vast array of partners for choosing Polymershapes, and are unwavering in our commitment to deliver industry-leading expertise every day, with every order – assuring our customers and suppliers are the Center of All We Do.