In 1952 two entrepreneurs named Art Whitehead and Gilbert Taylor opened a wholesale distribution center for fiberglass materials and sheet acrylics in Oakland, CA. They called their store Taylor and Art Plastics, which later shortened to TAP Plastics.

From a beginning of wholesale distribution, the business went through many phases and products. TAP Plastics began as one downtown store and has evolved into stores in all three West Coast states and most recently a web-store.

Through all this time the most significant commitment and change was the development of the local plastics store, The Fantastic Plastic Place. From a wholesale orientation and history with resins, fiberglassing supplies, and various sheet plastic products, we have become the premier retail source for the do-it-yourselfer who enjoys the many home improvement projects that the world of plastics makes available.

Such projects range from a skylight to give extra light in the home, to solar window films to protect drapes and furnishings, to storm windows which save energy. Whether you are an artist, boat builder, or surfer, many of the materials needed for your creation are available only at TAP.

The retail plastic store concept emerged from the idea that products, long thought only to be available on an industrial basis, can, in fact, be used by do-it-yourselfers, as well as the professional craftsman.

Implicit to the success of TAP’s do-it-yourself concept is the role of our employees. TAP employees are knowledgeable problem solvers, eager to help you with your project. TAP is a company dedicated to people; ­ our employees, our customers, and the communities in which we live. It is this unique combination of people and products that make TAP the Fantastic Plastic Place.