In 1952, Warren “Pete” Henning returned from a Florida fishing trip with the desire to improve the humble fishing tackle box. Tired of bulky metal boxes that rusted quickly, Pete set out to create a lighter, rust-proof product that could withstand saltwater fishing trips. His design replaced metal with plastic, which reduced weight while still providing durable, versatile storage. This re-envisioned concept also removed the possibility of rust, since plastic resists water and rust formation.
One simple yet revolutionary idea changed the entire fishing industry, and has become the standard in modern tackle boxes everywhere today. But the tackle box was just the beginning for Plano Molding Company. We quickly realized the basic concept of moulded plastic storage could benefit more than just fishermen.