About plano molding

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.



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


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


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


The first worm-proof tackle boxes are introduced


Caboodles® invents the cosmetic organization category


Plano enters the hunting category with gun and bow cases


The craft industry gets organized with Creative Options®


Plano introduces EDGE tackle boxes