HISTORY OF MADISON POLYMERIC ENGINEERING
Madison Polymeric Engineering (MPE) history began in 1978, in a small garage in Madison, CT. Walter L. Maguire, Jr. started MPE in this garage having only two machines: a Sears band saw and a well used “Clicker” press. Clicker presses are die cutting machine that got their name from the sound that they make when the machine cycles to make a cut into material, in our case – FOAM.
Walter, or Walt as we call him, advanced the company by solving a significant shipping problem for Corning Glass of Rhode Island. Corning was making glass bulbs in Rhode Island and shipping them to Arkansas for further assembly of the filament. Along the way to Arkansas, the glass bulbs were breaking. Upon arrival to Arkansas it was discovered that the broken glass was was cutting into the packaging material and contaminating the good glass bulbs with fibers from the packaging. Ultimately, even the good glass bulbs that weren’t damaged required washing prior to filament installation. So, Walt developed a co-polymer of Polyethylene and Surlyn foam that both cushioned the glass bulbs and protected them from breaking, while also preventing flaking of the packaging material in the event that a bulb did break. This was the beginning of Protective Packaging for MPE and is still one of our core business functions.
Today, Walt has advanced MPE in not only protective packaging and also has an extensive line of medical products including endoscopy cleaning systems, enzymatic fluid filling departments, foam applicator products, specialized brushes for cleaning medical instruments, and insulators for the building industry. Our production facility today has 150,000 square feet of floor space in Branford, CT and houses automatic die cutting machines, rotary die cutting machines, ultrasonic welding equipment, laminating machines, automatic skiving or sheeting machines, convoluted foam making machines, hot wire shape cutting machines, hot wire slabbing machines, a five head CNC controlled router, and a 10′-0″ x 6′-0″ table 3-axis computer controlled water jet cutting machine.
We have developed over 10,000 products over the years and we look forward to engineering a product for you!