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Dart Manufacturing Company building, year 1951
Beginning with a small machine shop in Mason, Michigan a father and son team designed and produced many different products, including metal tape measures, identification "dog" tags for military personnel, key cases, refrigerator shelving units, and even child toys. By the late 1950’s the two decided they wanted to create a solution for the ever-changing foodservice industry, and sought to create machinery that would create the best polystyrene foam cup. On April 20, 1960, they shipped their first order of high quality cups and that is when their idea launched the foodservice revolution.

Immediately consumers recognized the benefits of Dart’s foam cups including their superior insulation, strength, durability, and ease of transportation—all at a low cost. The demand for these cups increased rapidly as consumers began embracing the on-the-go lifestyle. Dart introduced more foam foodservice products to serve the needs of the new and growing convenience food industry. Five decades later, Dart continues to be a front runner in the foodservice manufacturing industry by providing quality products and exceptional service through the manufacture of cups, plates, containers, lids and straws made from such materials as expanded polystyrene foam, solid polystyrene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), paper and sugar cane.

In addition, the acquisition of Solo® in 2012 expanded Dart's product offering, bringing new paper and plastic lines to the portfolio. From its humble origins as a machine shop in Mason, Dart has expanded across the globe to include more than 40 locations in seven countries, and about 15,000 employees worldwide.

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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.

It is through the diverse ability, imagination, and determination of our workforce that Dart has become, and remains, the industry standard of excellence. Our employment practices and policies support an environment of respect and inclusion based on the belief that each employee’s contribution is critical to our continued success.

Based on these beliefs, all personnel decisions at Dart are made without regard to any protected characteristics, but rather are based on the demonstrated skills, abilities, and efforts of the individual.

Dart will continue to operate as an equal opportunity employer by choice. The importance of our continued efforts regarding equal employment opportunity and our culture of personal respect cannot be overstated in terms of the continued financial growth and organizational development of the company.

Throughout the year employees across the globe are committed to giving back to the communities in which they work and live, by raising money to support United Way, Relay for Life, March of Dimes, and local charities. At our company headquarters in Mason, Michigan employees lace up bowling shoes at an annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise more than $10,000 annually in support of local charities including the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition and Child & Family Services. At Dart manufacturing facilities across the U.S., employees have raised thousands of dollars and volunteered time in support of their local communities.

Our employees are passionate about creating a sustainable world, and efficiency remains in our core. Within our ‘Green Commitment’ we continually promote environmental attributes with our products and encourage recycling with our employees and the public. Foam foodservice products can be recycled as part of an integrated waste management strategy and at Dart we encourage the recycling of foam cups and foam foodservice products by offering a variety of foam recycling programs. These programs include, The CARE Program for large operators, Recycla-Pak, a mail-back recycling program for small operators, and also drop-off locations for the general public. Our employees are also doing their part to create a sustainable future through the creation of Dart Environmental Action Teams, located at many Dart facilities. Some of the annual activities that our action teams participate in include the Great L.A. River Clean-Up, where employees clean-up the 51-mile Los Angeles River, and also located at our city headquarters, employees help clean-up the 2.5 mile long Hayhoe River Trail in order to prepare for Michigan’s winter season.

Dart offers employees a generous health and wellness package, and other benefits including:

Note: Benefits listed below vary based on location and may not apply to international locations. Please contact your local Human Resources for more information.

  • Medical coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Generous retirement plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Tuition assistance
  • Product discounts
  • Employment referral bonus
  • Dart-hosted employee activities
  • Employee milestone recognition
  • Travel assistance plan
  • Health screening and wellness clinics

The benefits Dart provides beyond the paycheck include:

  • Long term career growth supported by dedicated training
  • Exciting and diverse advancement opportunities, while achieving stable ownership and growth since 1937
  • A culture supporting work-life balance, ethics, integrity, health and safety
  • An industry leader, and has received numerous awards supporting that role and has built a reputation on quality and service
  • Impactful environmental initiatives, including our Green Care program
  • A teamwork environment and open door policy between management and employees
  • A global infrastructure, with facilities across the US and the world
  • Vertically integrated manufacturing process, which promotes growth and efficiency
  • Innovative new product development through continuous market research
  • Corporate citizen activities such as fundraisers and charity events

Are you ready to begin your career at Dart? Apply today to join 15,000 exceptional people, all working as one team. Explore all current openings.

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