Dart Container Corp.

Dart Container Corp.

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Product type: Storage& Protectors, Household Supplies
Supplier type: Drop Shipper, Manufacturer
Market served: North America
Trade show: NA

The Dart story begins with a small machine shop in Mason, Michigan known as Dart Manufacturing Company. Established in 1937, this modest business prospered through the manufacture of such products as plastic key cases, steel tape measures, and identification tags for the armed services. Subsequent experimentation with expandable polystyrene in the late 1950s led to a line of high quality insulated foam cups, and Dart Container Corporation was born.

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Mission statement
Dart sets the industry standard of excellence by efficiently providing high quality foodservice packaging solutions and exceptionally reliable service.

Dart: Business is a human endeavor. The thoughts, skills and efforts of our employees are key to Dart’s success. The company’s future is secured by valuing and encouraging the contributions of each employee.

Excellence: Excellence arises from a daily dedication to exceeding expectations. Excellence is never static; it demands that each of us seek continual improvement.

Efficiency: Disciplined control of costs fosters creativity. An efficient company can absorb the occasional stumbles that come with growth and intelligent risk-taking and still succeed. An inefficient business with great products will fail in the end.

Solutions: Opportunities come when we listen diligently to customer needs, then deliver timely solutions created through the ability, imagination, and determination of our people.

Reliability: Customers choose Dart products because of their confidence in the dependable high quality of our products and responsiveness of our organization.

Service: Every Dart employee provides services to internal and external customers who rely upon those services to perform their jobs. In this interdependent environment, success is built upon communication. Consistent communication heads off unwelcome surprises and generates productive ideas.
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The Dart Story
The Dart story begins with a small machine shop in Mason, Michigan known as Dart Manufacturing Company. Established in 1937, this modest business prospered through the manufacture of such products as plastic key cases, steel tape measures, and identification tags for the armed services. Subsequent experimentation with expandable polystyrene in the late 1950s led to a line of high quality insulated foam cups, and Dart Container Corporation was born.

Foam Vs. Paper
foam cup benefits
Consumers immediately recognized the benefits of foam cups over the then-popular paper hot cups, and sales took off. These benefits include superior insulation, strength, and durability—all provided at a lower cost due to Dart’s unrivaled proprietary technical innovations. Dart’s early success in the foam cup market was further fueled by its commitment, still evident today, to providing our customers with excellent service and products of consistently high quality.

Product Lines
Succeeding years saw many new lines added to the Dart product mix. Today, Dart manufactures a broad range of quality single-use products for the foodservice, retail/consumer, and food packaging industries, and is the world’s largest manufacturer of foam cups. In order to ensure that we provide our customers with consistent product quality and a dependable source of supply, Dart manufactures most of its own production equipment and raw materials. We then turn those raw materials into finished products and use Dart trucks to deliver them to points “across the globe.”

Customer Satisfaction
Our pledge to customer satisfaction does not end with the sale. Dart has forged many long standing business partnerships with the distributor community through ongoing service and support levels that are second to none in the industry. We have also been at the forefront of efforts to recycle polystyrene foam foodservice products, and to inform government, customers, and the public of the facts about polystyrene foam. Top to bottom, Dart stacks up as the proven leader in providing quality, service, and convenience to foodservice markets worldwide.

Legal And Social Accountability Policy
Conformity with Applicable Laws and Regulations

Dart believes that all employees deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Dart’s position is that no employee will be discriminated against based on genetic information and family medical history, race, color, religion, sex, age, physical ability, national origin, or any other protected class. Dart’s long-standing policy is to comply with all local and national laws wherever conducting business and to uphold a high standard of ethics.

In addition, Dart suppliers must conform to all pertinent local and national legal requirements, customs, and published industry standards pertaining to employment and manufacturing. If there is a conflict between legal requirements and published industry standards, at a minimum, suppliers must comply with the law that takes precedence.

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