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Barb Hanson, recognized for 45 years of service at Davies Molding

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Dec 20, 2013 11:09:35 AM



It was an extra-special celebration at our holiday luncheon this year.  The food was pretty good,  the speeches were encouraging, but the annual employee anniversary awards were downright awe-inspiring.   15 and even 20 years of service seems relatively common in the manufacturing world, but 30 and 45? That is true dedication. Davies Molding has been molding custom plastic parts for over 80 years, and we attribute a large part of our success to the dedication of employees like Barb Hanson, who celebrated her 45 year anniversary, and Carol Cimino, who celebrated her 30 year anniversary.   Here is a list of all of the employees that celebrated their anniversaries - Congratulations!

45 yrs:          Barbara J. Hanson 

30 yrs:          Carol A. Cimino


20 yrs:           Arturo Ballines

                        Brian D. Dady

                        Kevin O’Brien

                        Lan T. Tran

                        Rick C. Friel


15 yrs:           Ramon Rivera

                        Raquel Forte

                        Zivko Golub


 10 yrs:           Mark Pelnar



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Daka-ware: a brief history of Industrial Knobs

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Dec 12, 2013 9:47:25 AM

We recently received an email from a history buff inquiring about the brand name Daka-ware and how it's related to Bake-lite, another name brand in the plastic molding industry.  In his email, the history buff explained that "Daka-ware is a common search on search engines but there's no real official answer". So we created this blog post to help fill in some of the gaps of this topic and provide a (hopefully) helpful "official" answer.  

Dakaware CatalogIn my discussions with Derran Smith, president of Davies Molding, he explained it this way: Dakaware was a trade name used by Davies Molding in the 1960s for a line of compression molded phenolic knobs, handles, and ashtrays. We still have tools that have the Daka-ware name on them, and we have a few hundred of the Dakware ashtrays in stock (available for purchase!).  See the vintage catalog on the left and on the right, a picture of a "vintage" looking daka-ware control knob. Dakaware Knob

Bakelite, on the other hand, is a brand name of a specifically formulated phenolic material created by a Belgium chemist and has been recognized as the first synthetic plastic by the American Chemical Society (according to the Bakelite wikipedia page) But similar to the Kleenex brand, the Bakelite name became genericized, and was used throughout the plastic molding industry to describe all phenolic material regardless of the brand, much like how we use kleenex to describe all facial tissues. Check out the picture of The Harry Davies Company (now Davies Molding) with Bakelite, along with other brands of plastic molding material, advertised outside its doors. Davies Molding History

Interested in more history on Davies Molding?  Check out some of these links: 

Interview with Derran Smith, President of Davies Molding:

Infographic on Davies Molding History:


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Topics: History of Davies Molding

Top 3 Trends in Industrial Pull Handles

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Nov 26, 2013 9:49:11 AM

Our 4570 Soft Touch Handle is showing up more in more in new industrial applications.  Here are the top 3 trends in industrial pull handles that's driving the success:


1)  Material- Thermoplastic Overmold.  This material provides a soft feel and touch that allows a better grip and long-lasting comfort.

2)  Color!  So long boring black.  Check out the picture of some of the colors in the assortment.

3) Style.  "Design with function" is not just a term that fancy product designers use- it's how we describe the 4570 industrial handle. Customizing the color allows you to differenciate your product and feature unique details in your application.

Check out some 4570 Application Highlights:



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Topics: Industrial Handles

Custom Knobs: just like Burger King- we make them your way!

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Nov 13, 2013 7:37:55 AM

Having the right color part is very important for many applications that require knobs, either because it is functional, industry or product specific, or for appearance. The standard color for phenolic material is black. Other colors are available, but usually cost more. Red is the second most popular phenolic knob color, typically used for ball or lever knobs.  phenolic-balls

Unlike thermoset phenolic, thermoplastic materials have a very wide range of available colors. In many cases you can match your color target exactly to a PMS number.



In addition to color, knobs can be customized with a variety of finishes.  One of the most popular finishes is laser engraving, and then pad printing, for adding instructions or a logo to your knob.  At Davies Molding, we have over 80 years of experience making custom knobs for companies in a wide range of industries.  We will be happy to assist you in choosing the right finish for your application. Contact one of our experienced account representatives at 1-800-554-9208, who will be happy to assist you with your knob needs!

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Topics: Custom Molding

Custom Plastic Molding for Valve Controls

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Nov 8, 2013 5:00:00 AM

There are a variety of plastic knobs that are particularly suited for manual valve controls.  “T” or Bar knobs are the most popular plastic knobs used for manual valve control applications. Here are examples of different shapes of bar knobs available.  


Options for custom molding your Bar or T Knobs include:
  • Variety of thermoplastic and phenolic materials
  • Sizes ranging from 1-1/32” to 3-3/8” in diameter
  • Female insert, projecting stud and thru-hole options. 
  • Knobs can be decorated  or branded to your specific need.

Contact Davies Molding for a free sample or call us at 1-800-554-9208 to discuss your custom molding needs.

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Topics: Custom Molding

Using Threaded Knobs for Maximum Torque Strength

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Nov 6, 2013 7:40:23 AM

threaded-knobDavies Molding specializes in loading inserts (threaded fasteners) directly into components as plastic solidifies around the mounting. This process maximizes torque strength for demanding requirements. We stock thousands of inserts to minimize lead times, including both screw-machined parts and cold-headed studs. For food service equipment manufacturers, we stock stainless steel inserts that are FDA approved.  Here is a list of the 6 most popular inserts:


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Topics: Threaded Knobs

Made in the USA Butterfly Valve

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Nov 1, 2013 1:40:23 PM

butterfly-valve-thermoset-moldedWe have a long history of manufacturing plastic knobs, especially phenolic plastic knobs.  But we also mold phenolic custom plastic parts, such as the plastic butterfly valve for the oil & gas industry. We started manufacturing butterfly valves a few years ago because the company that needed them got fed up with their overseas vendor. 

Long lead times, poor communication, and inconsistent quality from their overseas vendor made them decide to source domestically, and Davies Molding got the call to quote. We were able to manufacture a butterfly valve that met their strict quality standards and short lead times.  We chose a compression molding process using a phenolic material that is chemical and water resistant – key attributes for a butterfly valve.  We now manufacture a large range of sizes of butterfly valves along with other custom compression molding. 

Check out our custom molding portfolio for more information or contact us for a custom quote.


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Topics: Custom Molding

Davies Molding Company...Plastic Knobs Then & Now

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Oct 21, 2013 10:15:42 AM

Davies Molding HistoryIn 1933, the Harry Davies Molding Company began with only seven molding presses and three punch presses, located in downtown Chicago. This 1960's picture, in front of the molding facility at 1428 N. Wells St., lists the phenolic material molded at that time: Bakelite, Beetle, Durez, Durite, Makalot, Plaskon, and Resinox. The Harry Davies Company also molded the popular Daka-ware brand of ashtrays and cookware knobs and handles.

80-year-anniversary-co-pictDavies Molding is now located in the western suburbs of Chicago, and its 99,000 square foot factory houses 72 presses, including thermoplastic injection molding, thermoset compression molding, transfer, and two-shot injection molding. We celebrated our 80 year anniversary as the largest manufacturer of insert-molded plastic knobs and handles this year, and recently took a picture outside the Carol Stream, IL location.  Davies Molding still molds thermoset phenolic and thermoplastic knobs and handles, as well as custom components for the automotive, medical, oil & gas, and other industries.  Want to learn more about Davies Molding's plans for the next 80 years?  Check out the interview with Davies' president Derran Smith here.  

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Topics: About the Company

The answer is clear- plastic knobs with clear skirts

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Oct 18, 2013 3:09:00 PM

Clear-skirt-knobs_3Plastic knobs with clear skirts are used primarily in the food service equipment and electrical industries.  The clear skirt accentuates the printed graphics and gives it a “pop” unlike conventional aluminum skirts.  Another benefit of using a clear skirt is the ability to print on the back side of the skirt, which even after many years won’t rub off like traditional pad printing on the top side of the skirt.  Want to learn more about clear skirts? View the clear skirt part specification and search for additional skirted control knob information.
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Topics: Control Knobs

Reduce Costs by switching your metal parts to plastic

Posted by Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Sep 30, 2013 7:47:12 AM

metal-to-plastic-part-conversionAre your metal parts rusting or denting?  Do you need multiple operations such as welding and bending to machine your metal part?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, you should consider switching to a plastic part.  Plastic parts resist rust and denting, can be custom colored, and have high impact strength - not to mention are cheaper to produce.  Want to learn more?  We've put together a 24-page ebook to help you learn more converting metal to plastic parts and about the molding process-click here to view our optimized process, or call to schedule a design consultation today.  Visit our product portfolio to learn more about metal to plastic conversion parts for the Automotive, HVAC, and food Service Industries.
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Topics: Custom Molding

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For 90 years Davies’ has been molding custom plastic components for all industries, including lighting, lawn & garden, industrial machinery, medical, oil & gas, and many more. Our compression, injection, and transfer molding capabilities provide tremendous flexibility in part design and production.

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