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50 Years Manufacturing in El Paso

Meet Handgards - El Paso's homegrown company. Handgards has been making products here for the last 50 years. And, we are not going anywhere!

This year, in 2023, Handgards celebrates the 50th anniversary of manufacturing disposable food service items in El Paso, Texas and to remind consumers the ‘Made in America’ label is essential.

Handgards is a privately equity-owned company, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Although the Hawkins facility opened in El Paso in 1973, Handgards was founded in 1959 as Plasticsmith and officially became Handgards in 1966.  Now under new ownership and still manufacturing food service disposables, the company’s latest milestone is celebrating 50 years of tradition in El Paso and sharing our expertise with consumers worldwide.

Handgards was established as a company that specializes in craftsmanship, and attention to detail, and is known to have manufactured the first poly gloves made right here in El Paso.

We’ve watched the city grow around us and are amazed daily by our employees’ skills and dedication. We now have two beautiful facilities where our employees can be proud to work at every day. It’s a tremendous accomplishment to reach this milestone. With the help of hardworking local people, Handgards has developed a great culture and mission. 

Handgards, a leading industrial manufacturer, has been manufacturing right here in El Paso for over 50 years.  Here are some facts that made our 50 years of business possible:

  • Handgards owes its steady success to dedicated customers like you. With your continued support we will be able to provide more excellent service and products within the next 50 years.
  •  Handgards’ employees are responsible for the quality production that we offer our customers. We have had many dedicated workers and can’t thank them enough for their dedication to Handgards year after year.
  • No one could give us a better recommendation than our customers – who provide us with feedback from around the globe and offers Handgards an opportunity to serve customers outside of El Paso. 
  • Constant innovation is necessary to succeed for the next half a century. All of the changes we have made over the years have kept Handgards relevant in today’s industrial market.


901 Hawkins, El Paso, Texas
Phone: (800) 351-8161

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