Kepner Plastics Fabricators, Inc.

Kepner Plastics Fabricators, Inc.

Kepner Plastics Fabricators, Inc. is a corporation founded under the laws of the State of California in 1961 to expand the partnership which had preceded it for about five years. During the next ten years, the Company grew and became well known in industrial circles as one of the outstanding custom plastic fabricators in the world, making literally thousands of different, specialized products for industry and government. Included in the development period were new products for pollution control starting with Kepner fabricated and installed pond liners as early as 1958. Kepner Plastics’ stable 40 year history of design and manufacturing excellence. Our motto “When it has to work” is recognized around the world as Kepner Plastics’ commitment to our customers and environmental preservation. Kepner Plastics’ products have landed with man on the moon, are in operation on most oceans, seas and gulfs and have been instrumental in major oil spill clean-ups such as the Exxon Valdez.

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3131 Lomita Blvd. , Torrance , CA 90505-510 USA
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Industry Type:
Oil Spills
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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On March 3, 1968, the Ocean Eagle tanker grounded in the entrance to San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico and broke up, spilling 83,400 barrels of crude oil.  Several containment methods were tried and failed before Kepner was called upon to create a containment solution to control the oil spill.  In response, Kepner designed at its home office in Torrance, California and completed manufacture in a warehouse in Puerto Rico, the first “SeaCurtain” oil spill containment boom.  The only conditions of that contract were, “If it works, we’ll pay you”.  It worked, and they did!

The experience was repeated when the Union Oil Platform “Alpha” had a blow-out in the Santa Barbara Channel on January 29, 1969, releasing 200,000 gallons of crude oil.  The name “SeaCurtain” became famous and Kepner started proprietary product marketing.  Well accepted and imitated by industry, SeaCurtain products have exceeded expectations and the line has grown to include a still expanding range of successful related products including SeaVac Skimmer Systems, SeaContainer Tanks and accessories, all distributed through a select global marketing network.

Kepner Plastics’ President, Frank Meyers, was one of the original 6 members to set up ASTM’s Committee F-20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response in 1975 and has maintained an active role in writing and guiding the standards used by the industry for over 30 years.  While building its strong position in the Oil Spill and Pollution Control equipment industry, Kepner Plastics has still maintained its original objective: the Custom Fabrication of unique projects and proprietary products.  Kepner Plastics is proud to have many firsts  - from designing and installing plastic lake, pond and reservoir liners as early as 1958, inflatable and light duty structural Greenhouses, Clean rooms, Hovercraft Air Cushion systems and many other unique products for Industry – to providing a flexible Hydraulic Fluid Tank to NASA / Grumman who’s appreciation was shown with a “Thanks for helping us get the Lunar Lander off the Moon!”

Kepner Plastics, industry leader and innovator, is first in performance and reliability while remaining cost effective for custom plastic fabrications as well as pollution control equipment worldwide, the preferred choice by Oil and Industrial Companies, Aerospace, Clean-up Cooperatives, Utilities and Government agencies.

Kepner Plastics Provides/Manufactures/Designs:

  • Environmental Response Equipment
  • Custom Fabrication
  • Engineering & Design Services
  • Solutions for Marine Applications
  • Buildings
  • Tanks and Storage
  • Solutions to Your Specialized Problems

After Martin-Marietta Aircraft Co. in Bethpage New York manfactured the lunar lander for Neal Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin in 1969 and successfully returned the astronauts to the earth, they were kind enough to send us (Kepner Plastics ) a picture post card with a photo of the lunar lander and a note saying: 'Thanks for helping us get the lunar lander off the Moon.'  Apparently, unknown to us, the polyurethane bladders that Kepner had been manufacturing for them for the previous year, were an important part of the polyethylene glycol hydraulic power fluid system used to launch the lunar lander to return to Earth.

Exxon Valdez -
Kepner Plastics Fabricators Inc. was the largest supplier of Oil Spill Containment Boom, all rated the best by and for Exxon oil spill response at Valdez Alaska in 1979.   Kepner also provided several Heli-Skimmer skimming vessels, both of which received highest ratings by Exxon.

Nasa X-43 -
The X-43 is an unmanned experimental hypersonic aircraft with multiple planed scale variations meant to test various aspects of hypersonic flight.  It was part of NASA's Hyper-X program and has set several airspeed records for jet-propelled aircraft. The X-43 is the fastest aircraft on record at over 6,500 miles per hour.   Kepner Plasitcs engineered and designed the thermal and environmental protective cover that protect this aircraft from the elements.