Essay Hawthorne Plastics Case
Harvard Business School
August 1, 1970
Hawthorne Plastics, Inc.
Hawthorne Plastics, located in Hawthorne, California, specialized in the fabrication of plastic
parts as a subcontractor to companies marketing plastic products, such as toys, kitchenware, fishing
tackle, etc. Most of its production involved the molding or extrusion of plastic raw materials and over
half of its production was for two major manufacturers of toys, located nearby. The vast majority of