Welcome! You have reached the 2016 web site of the award winning ePlastics®, a Ridout Plastics Company. We offer knowledgeable staff, quality products, and fast delivery when and where you need it. We are a San Diego based hub of quality plastic materials and fabrication services delivering nationally at the highest level of service: in person, over the phone, and on the web. Our customers are the formerly unserved and underserved companies and individuals with a need for plastic sheet and shapes, or require a custom manufactured item, or a component to complete their product assembly. We make the impossible possible by virtualizing our company at ePlastics to better inform and serve our customer base.
Our Mantra: When Others Can't, We Can! For 102 years since our founding in 1914, ePlastics®, a Ridout Plastics Company, has served the world with plastics materials and plastics manufacturing services.
Recently, we won the 2014 Lucite JUST IMAGINE Award as well 1st place in the 2015 design competition hosted by the International Association of Plastic Distributors for an amazing and creative installation using Lucite brand acrylic sheet as custom louvers on a residence. The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded the company San Diego's 1995 Family-Owned Small Business of the year. The company has been featured in several national publications including Fortune Small Business, Plastics Manufacturing and Fabrication (cover story), and the Los Angeles Times. We are San Diego's plastics industry leaders in quality, service, employment, and sales. ePlastics®' core competency is the ability to innovate and solve customer problems using plastics - hence our mission statement - Achieving Innovative Solutions Through People and Plastics.
A 40,000 SF "Brick & Mortar" business located in San Diego, CA provides the backbone for our online presence. We've been selling plastics and accessories on the Internet since 1995!
You surely must ask, “Plastics in 1914? Really?” Yes. We were originally known as the Rench Co. and sold plastic numbers and letters from cellulose plastic, as well as those white plastic numbers used for waiting in line at a grocery store. My grandfather purchased items for his grocery store at Rench back in the 1920's at a location that is now Mercy Hospital. Chuck Buck, founder of Buck Knives, came by in the early 40's for leftover pieces of acrylic to make knife handle decorations! The Ridout family purchased and renamed the company in the 1950's. Our family purchased the company in 1967 and kept the name that everyone knew: For plastics, go to Ridout Plastics in San Diego. Beginning in 2015 we are branding ourselves “ePlastics®” as we had expanded into new territories with the help of our website.
Everything Plastics. ePlastics® is a one-of-a-kind complete plastic manufacturing and supply store for all sizes of businesses: US Government to Fortune 100 companies, university researchers to shipbuilders, for the do-it-yourself hobbyists, homeowners, contractors and international business customers. We provide superior products made in North America and premium service to our customers. This web site is a wonderful introduction to a few of the capabilities and products we have to offer you. No project is too big or small. We have built dock bumpers for the aircraft carriers here in our San Diego Harbor, and have embedded small fragments from the Berlin Wall demolition in acrylic resin. We have 96" x 96" sheets of Plexiglas acrylic in Dubai, Fiberglass in Trinidad, multiwall polycarbonate in Hawaii and Alaska. We work with museums across the country to build custom UV filtering vitrines and picture frames. Major banks and retailers have display systems we've designed, we have plastic on the moon, in submersible watercraft in Fiji, and … well, you get the picture. Whether on the phone, email, or in our showroom, you will be attended to by knowledgeable and courteous staff while you browse the collection of architectural and engineering plastic sheets, rods, tubes, shapes, galleries of our past work and our downloadable literature. We are a complete solutions provider for plastics.
Our expertise allows us to solve problems for industry and individuals. We have a wide base of suppliers, a very large inventory, and key distribution centers across the USA. Our production center is filled with CNC sawing, drilling, laser cutting and routing of large volume orders. We're the go-to company that lives by the motto "When Others Can't, We Can!" This site is dedicated to serving customers who need quick service and fulfillment of orders for home, office, university, research lab or corporate plant. We make many of the products sold on the site right here in San Diego. We have worked very hard to excel at customer service and efficiently process small orders as well as entire truckloads. Your small order is as important as another's larger order. If we exceed your expectations, we'd be honored to have you do business with us again and again.
Our goal is to make it easy to do business together regardless of your location. We offer a sample plastic program for you to receive large pieces of the type of plastic you are looking to purchase. You can evaluate a 4" x 6" piece of that plastic in a variety of thicknesses and colors or styles, so that you can make the right decision at your location without having to waste time or gasoline searching for the solution. Please take the time to review our website and if there is anything you don't see or need more information on, call or email us.
Quick overview of ePlastics®: Engineering and Architectural Plastics includes sheets, rods, tubes, & shapes of plexiglass and Lucite® acrylic, as well as a wide variety of engineering plastics including PEEK, Ultem, PTFE, Nylon, Delrin acetal, ABS, Lexan or Hygard polycarbonate in bullet-resistant panels, and Micarta phenolics in sheets, rods and tubes (to name a few). We stock and sell only the finest quality products for lasting solutions. All materials we sell can be cut and shaped to the customer's exact requirements.
The Showroom consists of a 3500 square-foot store and one-of-a-kind experience for the hobbyist, DIY homeowner, and small business owner. Our showroom is open 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PST), Mon. - Fri., for our customer's convenience. If you see something you like in the showroom, and decide to get it after hours, then you can find almost everything displayed in the showroom listed right in the web store.
We do plastic fabrication and machining specifically to customers exact customization. We work from pencil drawings to blueprints, producing the desired components separately or the complete unit ready for shipment. We can go take your project all the way from prototype to production. ePlastics® has invested in state-of-the-art equipment for exacting tolerance control in today's zero-defect environment. From handcrafted fabrication to full production thermoforming and molding, we do it all and have been fabricating since 1945. We are sure you will find that the products seen on the web site will solve many of your businesses/projects requirements.
Remember, if you don't see it just call, fax, or email what you need (fax: 858-560-1941) us to review. Got a camera-phone? Draw it on paper, shoot it with your phone, and text it to us! (Text to Email at 858-634-0606. You'll find the customer service personnel here are knowledgeable, courteous and friendly and will provide solutions to your problems quickly.
Thanks again for visiting our website and we hope you found value in the information and products displayed.
E. Rabin, President & CEO
For a different look at the company, you can read my blog. There are so many things happening every day that I started writing about them as they happen (you blink and there's a new job on the floor, you blink again, and it's on a truck getting shipped out). I hope you find the PlasticGenius Blog and the YouTube channel ePlasticsTV interesting AND educational.
ePlastics®, San Diego's Award Winning Plastics Company Plastic
5535 Ruffin Road San Diego, CA 92123
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Phone: (858) 560-1551
FAX: (858) 560-1941