FOUR POINT PRODUCTS CELEBRATED THEIR 55TH ANNIVERSARY ON MAY 25, 2009
Four Point Products and its parent company, American Thermoplastic Company, celebrated their 55th anniversary on May 25, 2009. The company has grown from a humble beginning into one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of custom-imprinted ring binders, index tabs, pocket folders and related loose-leaf products.
In 1954, Aaron Silberman opened a small company in Pittsburgh to provide businesses with foil-stamped vinyl products. At first he bought blank vinyl products to imprint. Eventually he decided that the best way to ensure that customers got top quality products in a timely manner was to manufacture them at his company. Heat-sealing and screen-printing machines were added and American Thermoplastic Company (ATC) was able to offer its customers even more custom design possibilities.
The company then started marketing its products to college bookstores through a new division called Four Point Products (as in 4.0 QPA). Today binders made by Four Point Products can be found in college bookstores across the United States and Canada.
In 1994, the company’s 40th anniversary, ATC moved its operations into a state-of-the-art facility in one of Pittsburgh’s RIDC (Regional Industrial Development Corporation) Parks. The specially designed and custom built manufacturing plant, warehouse and office facility offers the company a larger and more efficient use of space than its previous location.
The company continues to manufacture products in an environmentally friendly way and recycles or uses recycled materials whenever possible. American Thermoplastic has always been known to support local civic and cultural activities, a practice started by Mr. Silberman, who believed in giving something back to the community.
Under the direction of Mr. Silberman’s son, Steven, American Thermoplastic Company and Four Point Products continue to grow by adding new products and developing manufacturing innovations. An example is the company’s greATColor® printing system, which enables ATC to print four-color process photographs and other images on vinyl binders. American Thermoplastic has won numerous industry awards for its screen-printing and four-color process printing work.
ATC has found a niche in the printing industry by providing customers with quality products, custom-imprinted in a timely manner, and at reasonable prices. Corporate executives, college students, military personnel and people in dozens of industries use its products. American Thermoplastic Company is proud to serve American business and education while continuing to manufacture in the United States, working to protect the environment and help the community.