ctl-stories Timeline Stories
In 2020, Tangent and Bedford joined forces to become a stronger company and better serve their customers. With the addition of a talented team and innovative products, we’ve been able to grow our offerings and capabilities. Today, Tangent is the largest player in the plastic lumber industry with a 600,000..Read More
The Start of Something New
In 1983, Andy Stephens (Tangent Board of Directors) was a pioneer in the industry with the founding of Eaglebrook Plastics which was the first company in the United States to successfully recycle post-consumer recycled HDPE bottles back into recycled resin for reuse. Five years later in 1988, Eaglebrook Products was..Read More
Filling the Void
While the majority of the industry was manufacturing products for decking, our founders saw an unmet need in the market. With an early focus on plastic furniture, Tangent’s modest 20,000 square-foot facility with four production lines quickly began to grow.
A Product Revolution
True to form, innovation never slowed. In 2016, we developed our patented PolyTuf Premium, a plastic lumber with an internal grain that looks like real hardwood. The product was revolutionary, opening new doors for the plastic furniture industry.
Competition Breeds Innovation
Meanwhile, another plastic lumber company was starting in Minnesota. In 1998, Bedford Technology was founded by Brian Larson in Worthington, MN. An engineer by trade and innovator by passion, Brian found Bedford Technology to find a use for plastic waste from Bedford Industries, which produces twist ties for the coffee,..Read More