Founded in 1948
Shreiner Company has been a family owned and operated business since it was founded in 1948. Founded by Virgil Shreiner, a graduate of Otterbein College and member of the Zeta Phi fraternity, Shreiner originally produced natural crepe rubber primarily used for shoe soles. Throughout the first thirty years of operation Virgil and his wife Ruth grew the business to be the largest US based open milling facility for natural plantation crepe rubber. They also added capacities for injection molding and die-cutting, both of which were focused on the shoe industry.
During the late 70’s David Shreiner, a graduate of The Ohio State University and staff writer for the Lantern, began to work in the business. By 1985 most of the shoe manufacturers had switched their soles to synthetic materials and Shreiner Company was forced to change its business model. A mutual business partner in England approached David and inquired about distributing another line of products in the US called creasing matrix. Shreiner then partnered with the Robinson family to be the first distributor of Channel Creasing Matrix in the US market.
David became the President of Shreiner in the 90’s, and he and his wife Donna continued to grow Shreiner Creasing Matrix. It was during this time that Shreiner began to extrude profile ejection rubber and injection mold plastics for the die-cutting and die-making industries.
In the very early 2000’s Jason Shultz and Justin Smith were hired to continue to grow the business. It is in this time that Shreiner made the move from primarily a niche-based manufacturer to a full-line die supplier. Shultz and Smith added product lines such as, steel rule, punches, ejection rubber, and much more. It is also during this time that Shreiner would open a second location in Kansas City. In the late 2000’s Shultz would move on to pursue his machining business, leaving Smith as the GM/COO. For the next 10 years the Shreiners and Smith worked to establish Shreiner Company as a premier die supplier in North America.
In 2019 Justin Smith, a graduate of Otterbein College and member of the Zeta Phi fraternity (the same college and fraternity as the original founder Virgil), became the President and owner of Shreiner Company. Justin is blessed to have a fantastic team of both long-term employees and new young go-getters to help drive the company into the future. Many plans are in the works to improve the current product lines, and to grow both in the current industry and beyond.