CompoSecure’s heritage dates back to the 1910 founding of Sillcocks Plastics International, a leader first in the manufacturing of celluloid collars for shirts and later in the printing of radio dial components and calendar cards. Purchasing a controlling interest in Sillcocks in 1952, the Herslow family continued to grow the company, and in 1967, named their eldest child, John, to the Product Management team. John’s background in chemical engineering and material science provided the technical lens that allowed Sillcocks to expand their offerings to include disc calculators, slide rules, advertising specialties and direct mail cards.
In the 1980s and 90s, under John’s tenure, Sillcocks launched the production of ID and smart cards with contact chip modules and RFID tags, making Sillcocks the second manufacturer of MasterCard products in the world. Focused on remaining at the forefront of evolving technology, Sillcocks led the industry as the first commercial plastic printer to utilize UV curing during the printing process.
As the need for extended card life sparked the principals’ interest in the development of composite card materials for the ID card market, John’s second daughter, Michele Logan, joined the team in 1991, with a background in computer science and industrial management. Together, with Luis DaSilva, the team merged their core strengths of chemistry, materials science and new product development to form CompoSecure in 2000.
From the first metal transaction card produced in 2003 through today, this unique company now offers secure, innovative and durable proprietary products and professional services to a wide variety of clients worldwide.