History

 

ODC Tooling & Molds (Ontario Die Company) was founded in Waterloo, Canada in 1923 by Sam Levene. The company was dedicated to the manufacture of the finest cutting dies available. During this formative period, the needs of the growing North American rubber, footwear and leather goods industries were ably met. The period of the 1950’s and 60’s saw the company continue to grow and firmly entrench values of superior quality and committed service that remain in place today. ODC distinguished itself as an industry leader adapting processes and materials that led the cutting die industry.

 

In the early 1970’s the companies interests expanded to include engineered forms of tooling including 3-dimensional automotive trim tools, dies and molds for the contact heat pressure formed packaging industry and matched metal trim tools. Martin Levene guided this phase of the companies evolution aided by a true industry visionary Bill Lessard. Under Martin's and Bill's leadership, the 1980’s and 90’s provided ODC many opportunities to grow and further reinforce the strength of the market interest in ODC's innovative and customer focused approach.

 

Today, ODC is ably led by a fourth generation Levene family member. Ronald Levene is known  for his creativity and interest in new manufacturing technology. Ronald has insisted his team honour historical company values of quality products and collaborative/consultative customer interaction, ODC remains a leader in today’s demanding global tooling industry. The Waterloo, Canada Headquarters is supported by our very capable US thermoforming mold facility located in Batavia, Illinois.