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F. Reed Estabrook, Jr. - Hall of Fame Entry
F. Reed Estabrook, Jr.
F. Reed Estabrook, Jr. has been a life-long activist in plastic industry organizations and participated in several important early developments in the industry. In 1978 he established The TAIM Co., a consulting firm to assist clients in machinery, materials, molding methods, practical part design, and building special automated molding equipment.
- At The Gorham Co., Estabrook pioneered the use of beryllium-copper for mold components and complete molds.
- At Northern Industrial Chemical, he was instrumental in the design and molding of Phenolic field telephone handsets and electrical components for the Navy in World War II, and post-war development of Northernís line of molded melamine dinnerware.
- Founded Brook Molding Co., pioneering injection molded nylon gears.
- Served in many volunteer roles at the Society of the Plastics Industry, leading public relation and lobbying efforts in combating false charges of flammability and mattress-cover crib deaths.