Mayfield Plastics Featured in Plastics News

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Mayfield Plastics  was featured in Plastics News regarding achieving minority business status. An excerpt is listed below. To view the article visit:

Mayfield  Plastics Gains Minority Certification | Plastics News

Custom thermoformer Universal Plastics Corp. and its sister company Mayfield Plastics Inc. of Sutton, Mass., have gained certification as minority-owned business enterprises.

“Companies today are implementing diversity initiatives as a component of their sourcing strategy. We are pleased to be officially recognized as a minority-owned enterprise,” said Jay Kumar, president of Holyoke, Mass.-based Universal Plastics, in a news release.The companies were certified by the Supplier Diversity office of Massachusetts.

Pia Kumar, the director of corporate development for both companies, said the lengthy process was demanding and consisted of fact checking, multiple site visits and plenty of paperwork. It means that they are owned, operated and controlled by a minority member. The couple, who are married, are first-generation Americans whose parents came from India, and both have grown up in American manufacturing.

She said the certification was not targeted at a certain industry.

The companies have made kayaks, air ducts for the Space Shuttle, New York City bus stops and bows of submarines. They serve the aerospace, medical device, transportation, consumer product, food packaging and electronic industries.

Mayfield Plastics & Universal Plastics Awarded State Workforce Training Grant

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Mayfield Plastics, a Massachusetts based custom thermoforming manufacturer, and its’ sister company Universal Plastics , are in an elite group of 25 Massachusetts companies to receive funding to train current or newly hired workers. The grant funding will help train a total of 2,162 workers, and is expected to create 263 new jobs.

The Workforce Training Fund assists Massachusetts businesses in becoming more competitive by investing in the skills of their workers. The Workforce Training Fund is also a key resource to thousands of Massachusetts workers who wish to advance their skills to achieve promotional opportunities and higher wages. It also acts as a catalyst for job creation.

“We are committed to growth and creating new job opportunities in manufacturing in Western Massachusetts. The grant will assist this in our efforts,” said Jay Kumar, President of Universal Plastics and Mayfield Plastics.

As part of the state grant, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership was awarded $151,016 to train 93 workers, with nine additional jobs expected by 2018. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses, including Universal Plastics Corp & Mayfield Plastics Inc.

About Universal Plastics

Universal Plastics is a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with strong legacy of expertise in manufacturing thermoformed plastic parts of the highest quality with a distinct focus on customer satisfaction. Universal has been in business for over 50 years with a world class management team and currently serves customers in a variety of industries including aerospace, medical device manufacturers, transportation, consumer products, food packaging and electronic companies.

As a custom manufacturer, Universal has made kayaks, air ducts for the Space Shuttle, all of the bus stop signs currently used in New York City and the bow of the submarines used by the Navy Seals. In 2008 they added a 30,000 square foot addition to their Whiting Farms Road building for a total of 100,000 square feet of production and office space. The company is ISO 9001 certified.

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About Mayfield Plastics:
Mayfield is a leading manufacturer of custom pressure, vacuum formed and thermoformed parts and components specializing in thermoformed medical devices and components, but also serving a variety of additional industries including aerospace, telecom, electronics, computer, hospital, chromatography, machine-tool and transportation. In 2013, Mayfield Plastics was purchased by Jay Kumar, who also owns Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with the intent of growing the thermoforming business locally through the combined strength and synergies of both companies. Together, Mayfield & Universal Plastics represent the largest thermoformer in New England and are proud to offer a manufacturing service which is state of the art. Equally, as a family-run business, Mayfield Plastics takes special pride in upholding a strong commitment to its customers and employees.

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Mayfield Plastics Certified as Minority Owned Business

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minorityMayfield Plastics, a Massachusetts based custom thermoforming manufacturer, announced today that it has received certification as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE) by the Supplier Diversity Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MBE certification is the most widely recognized certification for minority-owned businesses in the United States.


“Companies today are implementing diversity initiatives as a component of their sourcing strategy. We are pleased to be officially recognized as a minority-owned business enterprise,” said Jay Kumar, President of Mayfield Plastics. “This certification will assist in our growth and ability to better service your OEM customer base”, Kumar said


The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) is an agency within the Operational Services Division which promotes the development of certified minority-owned businesses. Specifically, SDO offers services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy.

Sutton Massachusetts Middle Schoolers Win $5,000 for AMP it up! Video Challenge for Thermoforming Videos of Mayfield Plastics

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Almost 40 middle school children from the Sutton Middle School visited custom thermoformer Mayfield Plastics last winter to participate in the AMP it up! Video challenge and their efforts paid off with two winning videos and $5,000 in prize money for the school. The AMP it up! Challenge invited students to research the inner workings of an advanced manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world around them. The Sutton Middle School won two awards for $2500 each for the videos “A Guide to Thermoforming” and “An Amp it up! Special: Mayfield Plastics”. There were a total of eleven winners and $30,000 in prize money provided by the Manufacturing Futures Fund. Continue Reading

Vote for AMP It UP Videos

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As you may know, the Sutton Middle School contacted Mayfield to participate in the AMP it Up challenge and brought students to tour our facility in January. We showed them a video put out by the SPE as an introduction to thermoforming. We also showed them sample parts and had a question and answer session both before & after the shop tour. Most of the time they were here was on the shop floor filming and watching the operations in process to gather information for their projects.  (A three minute VIDEO to answer these three questions; How is it made? Why does it matter? And lastly, What does it mean to me?)  Overall it went very well and both the students and the teachers were appreciative of our time. Continue Reading

Jay Kumar Interviewed by Plastics News

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Jay Kumar, owner of Universal Plastics and Mayfield Plastics,  was recently featured in the Plastics News video series “What Keeps you Up at Night” by Plastics News Publisher Brennan Lafferty. Kumar talked about why he left Wall Street for the plastics industry and what keeps him up at night. Continue Reading

Mayfield Selects New ERP Vendor

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Mayfield Plastics has selected IQMS as their new ERP manufacturing software vendor. We will update this when our implementation is complete. For more information, visit Continue Reading

A Medical Device Manufacturer’s Dream

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The following article appeared in the February Issue of D2P Magazine.

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Simple Truths About Thermoforming #3 in Our 12 Part Series – A History of Thermoforming

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In out third installment of our 12 part series,  we take a look back at the origins and a brief History of Thermoforming.


John Wesley Hyatt is certainly not a household name today, but in the 1860’s he discovered the process for making celluloid, the first practical artificial plastic.  He and his brother received a patent for this ‘plastic’ in 1870 and found that this mixture could be heated in a mold to form sheets, rods, and other unfinished shapes.  Eventually they licensed companies such as the Celluloid Brush Company, the Celluloid Waterproof Cuff and Collar Company and the Celluloid Piano Key Company. pressure formed part

Interestingly, centuries earlier, the Romans imported tortoise shell scutes (Keratin) that they imported from the Orient and then used hot oil to shape this material into food utensils.  So it can be debated if the Romans discovered thermoforming since thermo (heat) forming began with them.

 In the twentieth century the process of heating plastic and forming it over a mold eventually   evolved into the thermoforming industry as we know it today. 

 Thermoforming can be accomplished using pressure and heat (pressure forming), vacuum and heat (vacuum forming) and thin gauge thermoforming.

 Today these thermoforming processes are used to manufacture aircraft interior parts, vehicle door and dash panels, medical device covers, radomes, and a host of other plastic parts for many industries in the world. 



Custom Plastic Radomes Manufactured to Specification

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Below is our latest  Product News Release


SUTTON, MA–(Marketwire – Sep 27, 2012) –  Mayfield Plastics, Inc. has introduced their capability for producing custom fabricated plastic radomes that provide a lightweight and durable solution for protecting antennas and electronics for RV, motorhome, marine, and commercial and military aircraft and ground-based applications.Custom Plastic Radomes

Mayfield Custom Plastic Radomes are weatherproof and they conceal antennas and other electronic equipment, protecting them from the elements and reducing air drag. Custom thermoformed from a selection of plastics that will not interfere with signal transmission, these lightweight domes can be manufactured to OEM specifications in spherical, geodesic, planar, and other shapes.

Constructed in sizes from 18″ x 18″ up to 46″ x 46″ in 0.250″ to 0.387″ thicknesses, Mayfield Custom Plastic Radomes can be thermoformed from ABS, ABS 776/752, ABEX 700 and other materials and equipped with sealing rings, structural reinforcements, and fasteners. They can be coated with UV stabilizers and paints in custom colors and printed per OEM requirements.

Mayfield Custom Plastic Radomes are priced according to OEM design requirements. Price quotations are available upon request.

About Mayfield Plastics

Founded in 1972, Mayfield Plastics Inc. specializes in thermoforming, vacuum forming, and pressure forming custom parts for major OEMs in the medical, electronics, telecommunications, consumer equipment, marine, materials handling, military, and many other industries. They routinely produce high quality pressure and vacuum formed parts ranging from small medical equipment covers, bezels, panels, components, and enclosures to plastic radomes and large parts up to 72″ x 90″ x 30″ in size.

Mayfield Plastics operates from their 60,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing facility in Sutton, Massachusetts and the firm is committed to providing thermoformed parts that meet or exceed customer specifications, are competitively priced, and shipped on time.