History of Lancaster Mold, LLC
In Lancaster, Pennsylvania in November of 1973, Richard C. Rehm, founded his closely held company which he aptly named Lancaster Mold, Inc. (LMI). With the help of Dick’s son, Gary, LMI entered the plastics industry focusing on injection mold repair. Today, the Company can design, build and run plastic injection molding under one roof.
The personnel of the Company grew quickly to include Dick’s wife Gerry who handled the administrative duties for LMI. His son Scott joined LMI in 1977 and son Rick completed the family business by coming on board in 1978. Dick and his family ran a successful business for 25 years before he and his wife retired.
Rick, Gary and Scott Rehm guided the Company under the same high standards in which LMI was originally founded. The second-generation ownership provided a new vision for the future. This three-fold mission focuses upon manufacturing a quality product to satisfy valued customers’ needs, providing consistent employment with abundant opportunities for employees, and operating the firm in an efficient manner to insure success for many years to come.
Early on, LMI performed business in a 7,500 square foot facility on Ranck Avenue in Lancaster City. In 1993, with the company experiencing growing pains, management had the foresight to look beyond a small planned addition to the Ranck Avenue property. They proceeded to purchase a 20,500 square foot facility located at 2501 Horseshoe Road in Upper Leacock Township. This facility currently houses LMI’s Design, Mold Building and Plastic Production Departments. In 1996, LMI purchased an additional 22,000 square foot warehouse that is located a few blocks away. This building handles storage, assembly and production overflow. More importantly, the “warehouse” provides the venue for future growth.
In June of 2021, East Penn Manufacturing purchased LMI, which had been has been a trusted supplier to the company for 20 years. LMI’s Company Mission was a perfect fit with the Culture of East Penn highly valuing customers, employees, teamwork, quality and continuous improvement. The joining of LMI to the East Penn family expanded its battery case molding and cover assembly operation in support of the company’s customers’ growing needs.
Today, as part of the East Penn family, Lancaster Mold will be dedicated to supporting tooling and injection molding for the manufacturing of batteries. As one of the largest suppliers of these high quality plastic parts, the continuation of meeting the company’s increasing needs will further enhance East Penn’s capacity and vertical integration.
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