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Myers Industries History
Since 1933, Myers Industries has been supplying the undervehicle service industry with reliable products for tire repair and retread. Expanding into polymer manufacturing in 1946, Myers Industries has become a recognized brand in reusable material handling products across multiple markets. See the full history of the Company below.

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1933

Louis and Meyer Myers form a partnership beginning Myers Tire Supply, the origin of Myers Industries, Inc. The first store opens at 1500 South Main Street, in Akron, Ohio.

1937

The first Myers Tire Supply catalog is published, introducing the slogan, "Everything for the Tire Dealer."

1939

The partner’s younger brother, Isidore Myers, joins the Company.

1946

Manufacturing of plastic and rubber products begins with the founding of Akro-Mils and Patch Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio.

1953

Myers Tire Supply opens first international warehouse in Ontario, Canada.

1954

Myers Tire Supply opens first domestic branch in Detroit, Michigan.

1955

Myers Tire Supply experiences post-war growth for tire repair and retreading; the business incorporates and expands.

1955-59

Myers Tire Supply opens branches in Memphis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Richmond.

1956

Patch Rubber Company begins manufacturing chemically vulcanized tire repair products.

1960-69

Myers Tire Supply opens branches in Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Kansas City, San Francisco, Charlotte and Houston. 

1963

Company is renamed Myers Industries, Inc.

1963

Corporate offices and Myers Tire Supply’s central warehouse are built in Akron at 1293 South Main Street.

1964

The Company builds its first new manufacturing plant in Akron to make Akro-Mils plastic and metal products.

1969

Louis S. Myers, one of the original founding brothers / partners of Myers Tire Supply, is named president and CEO of Myers Industries, Inc.

1970-77

Myers Tire Supply opens branches in Salt Lake City, Portland, Denver, Boston, York, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Dallas, St. Louis, San Antonio and Phoenix.

1971

Initial public stock offering over-subscribes the first day.

1972

Second public stock offering is issued.

1972

Radial tire repair products are introduced from Patch Rubber Company.

1972

The Company introduces AkroBin® storage and organization containers from Akro-Mils.

1974

Plastic molding capabilities expand with the purchase of a second Ohio plant for Akro-Mils.

1978

Myers consolidates rubber manufacturing operations in North Carolina with its Patch Rubber Company brand.

1980-89

Myers Tire Supply opens branches in Tampa, Seattle, San Diego, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Birmingham, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

1983

Myers celebrates its 50th year in business with 700 employees, 5 manufacturing plants, 32 domestic branches and 15 international affiliates.

1983

Myers Industries, Inc. is listed on the American Stock Exchange - symbol MYE.

1983

The Company introduces molded plastic tool boxes to consumer and industrial markets, produced by Akro-Mils.

1984

Stephen E. Myers, son of Louis Myers, is named Chief Executive Officer of Myers Industries.

1986

Myers enters the lawn and garden market with PlasTerra™ flower planters, produced by Akro-Mils.

1987

Myers acquires Buckhorn Inc., manufacturer of reusable plastic containers, pallets and molded rubber products. Manufacturing becomes the dominant segment.  Businesses split into Buckhorn and Buckhorn Rubber Products.

1989

Myers Industries named to Forbes 200 "Best Small Companies" list.

1990-96

Myers Tire Supply opens branches in Milwaukee, Nashville, El Paso, Albuquerque and Little Rock. Acquisition of Miami Retreaders Supply, Long Island Tire and Northwest Tire brings the branch total to 42.

1991

Myers introduces its largest molded plastic product to date, a 2,500 lb. capacity collapsible bulk container from Buckhorn.

1992

Forbes again names Myers Industries to its 200 "Best Small Companies" list.

1993

Third public stock offering is issued.

1995

Myers acquires Ameri-Kart Corporation, a rotational molding and thermoforming company, which focuses on the recreational vehicle, marine and custom industries.

1995

Structural foam plastic molding plant opens in Bluffton, Indiana, strengthening Buckhorn's capabilities to produce large bulk containers and pallets.

1997

Myers acquires Molded Solutions, a rubber OEM parts manufacturer, which is added to the Buckhorn Rubber brand to strengthen capabilities for producing components for heavy trucks and other large vehicles.

1997

Myers Industries opens the L.S. Myers Training Center in Akron, Ohio for internal sales seminars and training programs.

1998

Myers acquires Danish company, raaco International, with products similar to its Akro-Mils brand storage and organization products.  This is Myers' first major international expansion.  

1998

Ameri-Kart acquires rotational-molder Sherwood Plastics.

1998

Myers acquires Kadon Corporation, a producer of structural foam containers, adding to the Buckhorn brand.

1998

Myers purchases majority interest in Myers El Salvador, expanding the Myers Tire Supply's business presence in Central America.

1999

Myers acquires Allibert Équipement in France and Allibert Contico in the United States, both producers of reusable plastic containers and pallets. This strengthens the Company’s position in material handling products under the Buckhorn brand.

1999

Myers acquires Dillen Products, a leading manufacturer of plastic flower containers, making Myers a sizeable supplier to growers in the professional nursery and greenhouse industries.

1999

Acquisition of Listo Products expands Myers' consumer flowerpot offering with decorative resin indoor planters.

2000

Myers acquires RB Manufacturing/Dura Products, a manufacturer of metal material handling carts for industrial and commercial markets. RB is folded into the Akro-Mils product line.

2000

Best Plastics, a manufacturer of rotational-molded tanks and vacuum-formed parts for OEMs, is acquired and added to the Ameri-Kart brand.

2000

The purchase of Nevada manufacturing facility expands production for plastic planters.

2000

Sales exceed $600 million.

2001

On May 1, 2001, Myers Industries, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange – symbol MYE.

2004

Myers acquires Michigan Rubber Products, Inc. and WEK Industries, Inc., leading suppliers of molded rubber and plastic products to the automotive market.

2004

Myers acquires Productivity California, Inc. (Pro Cal), a leading manufacturer of nursery containers for the professional grower.

2005

John C. Orr is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Stephen Myers following his retirement.

2005

Sales exceed $900 million.

2005

Myers reorganizes its portfolio of companies into five business segments: Distribution, Material Handling, European Material Handling, Lawn & Garden and Automotive & Custom. 

2007

Myers divests the European Material Handling segment as a catalyst to reinvest in its remaining four business segments and 13 brands.

2007

Acquisition of ITML Horticulture Products extends Myers leadership position in the containers marketplace for growers. ITML is added to Myers' Lawn & Garden segment.

2007

Myers acquires strategic assets from Schoeller Arca Systems North America, including molds and equipment for intermediate bulk container (IBC) lines. Products are added to the Buckhorn brand in the Material Handling segment.

2008

Myers Celebrates 75 Years in business.

2009

Myers sells Buckhorn Rubber Products and Michigan Rubber Products to lessen exposure to volatile original equipment auto and truck markets.

2009

Myers acquires remaining 50% of AmeriKan, a joint venture in nursery container manufacturing (part of the original ITML purchase in 2007).

2010

Ameri-Kart acquires patented Enviro-Fill overfill prevention system (OPS) and fuel vapor capture system for the marine market, which helps to meet the refueling and emission requirements of the EPA.

2010

The Lawn & Garden Group expands co-extruded pot technology with new Pro-Ex printable containers in order to create cost-effective, vibrant retail displays.

2010

Akro-Mils introduces the next generation of plastic storage bins – the bi-colored Indicator Bin, which provides a visual reference for refilling on assembly lines or supply rooms.

2011

Buckhorn acquires tooling and design assets for the reusable plastic Cheese Box, a new product designed to replace wooden crates as a hygienic solution for processing and transporting bulk cheese.

2011

Myers Tire Supply TPMS sens.it sensors replace tire pressure sensors with three styles, programmable via a web-based interface during tire service.

2011

WEK Industries begins manufacturing PolyFloat Dock Floats, which are blow molded and filled with foam beads, then used to create docks at marinas, boatyards and more.

2012

Myers Industries is named one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in a survey by Forbes, an honor based on sound management, financial reporting practices and strong corporate governance.

2012

Myers acquires Plasticos Novel S.A. (Novel), a leading manufacturer of reusable plastic crates and totes used for shipping in the beverage, food, and agriculture markets, expanding our material handling presence in Brazil.

2012

Myers acquires Jamco Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial steel carts and safety cabinets used across many markets, complementing our Akro-Mils business and creating a growth platform for “storage and safety products.”

2013

For the second year in a row, Myers Industries, Inc. has been named one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in an annual survey commissioned by Forbes.

2013

Myers Tire Supply International, Inc. enters into a joint venture with the India-based TVS Automobile Solutions Ltd. (ASL) to distribute tools, supplies, and equipment into the fast-growing Indian automotive aftermarket. The name of this venture is Myers Tyre Supply India Limited, Inc.

2014

Myers acquires Scepter, an industry-leading manufacturer of portable marine fuel containers, portable fuel and water containers and accessories, ammunition containers, storage totes and environmental bins.  This expansion aligns strategically with our Material Handling segment. 

2014

Myers realigns its portfolio of companies into two business segments: Material Handling and Distribution.  In the process, WEK Industries is divested to lessen exposure to the volatile original equipment auto and truck markets and the Lawn & Garden Segment is moved to discontinued operations. 

2015

Myers Industries completes the sale of its Lawn & Garden business to an entity controlled by Wingate Partners V, L.P., a Dallas, TX based private equity firm.

2015

R. David Banyard is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer, succeeding John Orr following his retirement