It all began in 1968 when Dennis was unable to locate plastic interior knobs for a 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible that he was restoring.
After countless hours of research and experimentation with various plastic formulas in his home basement, Dennis fabricated some plastic injection molds and successfully produced his first dash knobs in 1970.
Today, Dennis Carpenter Reproductions encompasses approximately 300,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehousing, and retailing.
As a family owned and operated company, Dennis Carpenter has been making Ford restoration parts for over 45 years. Demand for these was strong because no one had ever made factory correct replacement knobs, and good originals were impossible to find.
The business was birthed, and soon thereafter, my dad Dennis purchased our first injection molding machine for making large runs of higher quality knobs.
As the business grew, we began manufacturing rubber seals, rubber bumpers, die cast chrome parts and metal stamped parts. In 1998 Ford granted us the honor to use the original Ford factory tooling for many parts that we make now.
Today we have over 160 employees at our facility making and selling quality Ford parts. We now have 12 plastic injection molding machines, a rubber extruding operation, 54 rubber molding machines, 48 metal stamping presses, 2 zinc die casting machines, 3 roller mills and many other special machines for making quality parts in America.