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Metro Moulded Parts began as a rubber company based in Minnesota. Established in 1918 by John Hajicek, the business (formerly called the Hutchinson Rubber Company) was only one of the few rubber companies in the state.
High times during the war
The Hutchinson Rubber Company manufactured inner tubes for vintage automobiles--a venture that proved to be a money-spinning one as tires of the old vehicles often blew out. The inner tubes were the main product of the company until World War II when Hajicek was tapped to manufacture complex automotive parts for the military.
From small-time business to lucrative enterprise
When the war was over, Hajicek moved to Minneapolis to establish a new company that specializes in industrial parts. His son, Donald Hajicek, collaborated with him during the 1960s to manufacture vintage car parts. The elder Hajicek took another family member under his wings--grandson Douglas--and the trio teamed up in running the company that is now known as Metro Moulded Parts. Since then, the Hajiceks steered the company into becoming one of the leading weather-stripping companies in the United States.