About Us

About Us

Timeline

1952

Warren “Pete” Henning makes the first Plano® tackle box using molded plastic

1956

Plano revolutionizes the tackle box design (again) with cantilevered trays

1969

The Plano tackle box becomes the best-selling tackle box in the world

1974

The first worm-proof tackle boxes are introduced

1987

Caboodles® invents the cosmetic organization category

1995

Plano enters the hunting category with gun and bow cases

2007

The craft industry gets organized with Creative Options®

2014

The Field Locker® Series launches with storage certified to meet military specifications

1952

Warren “Pete” Henning makes the first Plano® tackle box using molded plastic
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1956 - Plano revolutionizes the tackle box design (again) with cantilevered trays

1956

Plano revolutionizes the tackle box design (again) with cantilevered trays
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Warren “Pete” Henning makes the first Plano® tackle box using molded plastic - 1952
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1969 - The Plano tackle box becomes the best-selling tackle box in the world

1969

The Plano tackle box becomes the best-selling tackle box in the world
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Plano revolutionizes the tackle box design (again) with cantilevered trays - 1956
next
1974 - The first worm-proof tackle boxes are introduced

1974

The first worm-proof tackle boxes are introduced
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The Plano tackle box becomes the best-selling tackle box in the world - 1969
next
1987 - Caboodles® invents the cosmetic organization category

1987

Caboodles® invents the cosmetic organization category
prev
The first worm-proof tackle boxes are introduced - 1974
next
1995 - Plano enters the hunting category with gun and bow cases

1995

Plano enters the hunting category with gun and bow cases
prev
Caboodles® invents the cosmetic organization category - 1987
next
2007 - The craft industry gets organized with Creative Options®

2007

The craft industry gets organized with Creative Options®
prev
Plano enters the hunting category with gun and bow cases - 1995
next
2014 - The Field Locker® Series launches with storage certified to meet military specifications

2014

The Field Locker® Series launches with storage certified to meet military specifications
prev
The craft industry gets organized with Creative Options® - 2007

We’re proud to be the go-to for outdoor storage solutions with 60 years of history to back it up.

Chances are if you have a tackle box, whether it’s decades old or brand new, it’s a Plano®. You’ve probably never had to deal with rusting, clanking tackle boxes – and you have Plano Molding Company to thank for that.

In 1952, Warren “Pete” Henning returned from a Florida fishing trip with the desire to improve the 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 molded plastic storage could benefit more than just fishermen.

Our product line now includes storage options for gun owners, archers and hunters. We have soft cases and hard cases; backpacks and duffels; boxes of every shape and size. We even ventured outside the outdoor industry to invent the cosmetic organization category with Caboodles®, and later brought organization to the crafting industry with Creative Options®.

It all started with one tackle box, but it has grown into much more. We take care of you by taking care of your gear. Thank you for trusting us to PROTECT YOUR PASSION.