Shamrock Plastics all started in 1989, when Tom Ruffner knew he could open his own plastic fabrication company, after many years of learning what to do and what not to do as an employee climbing the corporate ladder in the plastics industry.
Tom was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, with the innate, industrious drive that ultimately led him to open Shamrock Plastics in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the company’s original location.
Before opening Shamrock Plastics in 1989, Tom learned the ropes of the field out of high school and before graduating from ITT Technical College. He worked his way up from his first job peeling the backing off plastic sheets at age 19 to production manager to entrepreneur. Shamrock’s humble beginnings were in a small 10-by-20-foot storage space, with business drummed up by going door to door.
The hard work paid off, as a growing client base brought Tom’s wife, Deb, on board, who joined the team in the mid-1990s as co-owner. The couple would often travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to vacation and visit their daughter, son-in-law Nate, who was in the military, and grandson nearby. When they decided to move here in 2012, Tom and Deb also decided to trade in retirement to instead open a second Shamrock office and leave the Ohio location in the very capable hands of their son, Jay. Today, Nate works as a partner in the Myrtle Beach office, where he’s being groomed by Tom to take the reins someday. And, most recently, Shamrock acquired Lively Plastics in Myrtle Beach, further expanding its dynasty.
Today, Shamrock follows the same quality standards in fabrication that we were founded on: a knowledgeable, professional team that answers your every need with quality in expertise and workmanship, in customer support and in loyalty that withstands beyond that project. We’re family-owned – and we treat all of our clients like family.
Come in and visit our shop to find out how we can help you on your next plastics project – from your initial idea to design to production and distribution worldwide. Or Contact Us here for an appointment today. Shamrock Plastics will deliver the job on time, on budget – and above your every expectation.