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Founded1939 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
FounderSaul Stone, Edward Stone, Earl Tupper
ProductsPreparation, storage, serving products for the kitchen and home, and beauty products

Sterilite Corporation is an American manufacturer of plastic storage containers. The company was founded by Saul and Edward Stone and Earl Tupper in 1939.[1][2]


Sterilite was founded in 1939 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts as a partnership between Saul and Edward Stone and Earl Tupper, the inventor of Tupperware. The company gained initial business by selling plastic goods to the Armed Forces during World War II. The company later expanded operations to produce toys, storage tools, giftware, and other plastic items.[3]

The company relocated to nearby Townsend, Massachusetts in 1968.[4] By the mid-1970s it was one of the largest independent manufacturers of private household plastic goods in the United States.[5] The company has since opened manufacturing plants in Birmingham, Alabama, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Massillon, Ohio, Clinton, South Carolina, Ennis, Texas, and Davenport, Iowa.[6]

In 2009, Sterilite donated a new public library and senior center to Townsend, the largest gift in the town's history.[7]


  1. ^ National JobBank 2010. Adams Media. 2010. p. pt153. ISBN 978-1-4405-1317-6. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sterilite may invest $73 million in massive Iowa plant". Plastics News. January 5, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017.(subscription required)
  3. ^ About Sterilite
  4. ^ "Sterilite to erect 2 buildings; Town is getting its largest gifts ever. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  5. ^ Jean Dietz, Economy, Boston Globe June 6, 1997 at pg. 25
  6. ^ "Careers - Sterilite Corporation". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  7. ^ Owen, Paula J. (October 1, 2009). "An extraordinary gift". Retrieved October 21, 2017.

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Coordinates: 42°39′43.6″N 71°41′50.9″W / 42.662111°N 71.697472°W / 42.662111; -71.697472