Tulip Corporation was incorporated in Southern California in June of 1977 and was comprised of two operating companies: Automotive Battery Products Company (est. 1933), a manufacturer of rubber battery products, and PHI (est. 1974), a hydraulic press manufacture. Both companies were located in the greater Los Angeles area in California.
In 1982, Tulip acquired Milwaukee Plastics (est. 1946) located in Milwaukee, WI. This company also produced battery products plus a broad range of custom OEM plastic products for automotive, appliances, and other major industries. In 1986, the Milwaukee location expanded and moved into the current 143,000 square foot location on Keefe Avenue in Milwaukee, WI. In the early 1990's Tulip moved from die cast battery terminals and entered into the cold form lead manufacturing. The Lead Division was initially added to produce lead battery terminals for internal consumption.
Also in the 1990's, Tulip acquired the Prestolite Battery Molding facility located in Niagara Falls, NY. Prestolite (est. 1940) was a leading battery manufacturer. Throughout the years, the Niagara Falls facility evolved and transitioned from producing hard rubber battery components to only plastic injection molding. In the late 1980's, Tulip (Niagara Falls) expanded once again and began recycling spent polypropylene plastics from automotive batteries and re-engineering other polymer resins for non-battery products.
In January 2012, Saugatuck Capital Company acquired Tulip's facilities in Milwaukee and Niagara Falls. The acquisition was renamed Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation. Milwaukee's location became the company's headquarters.
Today, Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation has three distinct ISO 9001:2008 certified operating divisions: Plastic Injection Molding (Milwaukee and Niagara Falls), Engineered Resin (Niagara Falls), and Cold Form Lead (Milwaukee).