July 2018

62 63 PRC COMPOSITES CONTAINERS FOR AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE PRC COMPOSITES P RC Composites LLC of Ontario, Cal- ifornia designs and manufactures composite containers and engi- neered molded products for the defense, aerospace, transportation, safety, and infrastructure sectors. The company was originally founded 45 years ago as the Plastics Research Corporation, a Santa Fe Springs-based manufacturer of fiber- glass containers for the military. It was acquired by partners Gene Gregory, the current company President, and his part- ner, Mike Medel, in 2000, who then moved the firm to Ontario. In 2015, Medel sold his shares of the company to the First Na- tions Capital Partners (FNCP2), a private equity firm organized by members of the Colusa and Rincon tribes, which now owns a controlling interest in the renamed PRC Composites. Today, the company’s main business is making containers for high value items. “There are three primary ways that peo- ple transport high value items,” Gregory explains. “They can be in wooden crates; there are certain people who transport them in metal – either aluminum or steel AT A GLANCE PRC COMPOSITES WHAT: Designs and manufactures com- posite containers and engineered molded products WHERE: Ontario, California WEBSITE: www.prccal.com