Proper Group International’s culture of innovation drives a spirit of adaptability that has enabled the company to not only weather the fundamental changes in the industry, but thrive on them. We’ve come a long way from our first, 2,000 square foot mold making facility in 1971. Here’s a look at the milestones in our history:
1971 – Proper Mold & Engineering, later known as PME, is founded in Warren, Mich. as a manufacturer of small, high-quality plastic injection molds for the fastener and transportation industry.
1981 – Opened a new, 10,000-square-foot facility to manufacture automotive interior molds.
1987 – Construction begins on a 42,000-square-foot large-mold manufacturing facility.
1990 – Partech Engineering, a PME company, finalized construction on a 22,000-square-foot precision mold making location.
1992 – The large-mold manufacturing site nearly doubles in size within five years, to 80,000 square feet.
1994 – Pinnacle Technologies, another PME company, launched as a rapid prototype facility to service the prototype market. Also, PME began an in-house mold sampling department.
1996 – Construction begins on a new, 34,000-square-foot mold maintenance and repair facility in Anderson, S.C.
1998 – A 32,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art engineering and technical center is built, merging Pinnacle Technologies into DDC.
2001 – The Anderson, S.C. facility is expanded to 46,000 square feet with the addition of injection mold operations; the combined molding and mold-making facility is re- named Autegra.
2002 – PME creates Global Tooling Solutions, to manage construction of mold operations in Asia.
2004 – PME creates Global Design Solutions, as an engineering and procurement company in Shenzen, China.
2006 – PME introduces thin wall molding in automotive interior trim components. Reducing mass and component cost.
2007 – Croswell, Michigan Polymers facility is opened, specializing in sophisticated “two-shot” molding process.
2008 – Prior to public announcement of shift from PME to Proper Group International. PME dedicates new Proper Design Lab; becoming a research focused organization.
2008 – With several umbrella companies and a global footprint, PME becomes Proper Group International, with headquarters in Warren, Mich. 2011 – New 11,000 square foot Advance Development Center opens in Warren, MI