Products and Markets
Products and Markets
Blow Molded Plastic Tables
Blow molded plastic tables, or blow mold tables, are relatively new table in the marketplace. Lifetime tables is the largest domestic manufacturer, and they have a unique history. Lifetime products started out as a sports equipment company in Clearfield Utah. Because of the proximity of Mity-Lite, and their phenomenal growth, lifetime decided to get into the table business. They started manufacturing blow mold tables. Not long after, the original maker of these blow mold tables, a company in Indiana, sued lifetime for patent infringement.
During the litigation, lifetime realized that they could just buy the company that was suing them. From one day arguing why the patent was invalid, lifetime products, then started suing every other manufacturer of a blowmolded table for patent infringement. Lifetime products even sent attorneys to trade shows, pretending to be buying customers, looking for blowmolded sellers so they could enforce a dubious patent.
The bottom line was the patent really is invalid because of prior art. The patent should've never been granted. But it is always too costly to get dragged through a patent infringement case. Prior to this patent, manufacturers in different parts of the world, including Israel, had made similar tables.
Regardless of this, blow molded tables are here to stay, and have almost completely replaced the particleboard tables of 25 years ago.
The problem with most blowmold the tables is that they are cheap and fall apart. They are not capable of supporting the heavyweights that a plastic table like Mity-Lite can handle. There is one exception, but it's price comes so near a Mity-Lite table, that you have to ask yourself why go with a blowmold?
Sometimes budgets require a cheapest throwaway table. Trident Furniture really does not like to sell them, but we have some of the better blowmold tables available in the market. The fact is not everyone needs a Cadillac, sometimes a Buick will do and sometimes a Chevrolet is all you can afford. Of course I'm referring to tables, and the concept of good, better, and best. Trident Furniture can explain the good, better, and best of folding leg tables to you. And if all you need is good, we can get you the best price on a good blow molded table.
Please call and ask for one of our table and chair experts. Trident Furniture has experts that are recognized worldwide for their knowledge of folding leg tables.
One last thing, if you are reading this and happen to know the name of that company in Indiana, please contact Michael Peterson at Trident Furniture. I forgot who they were and I would really like to add that to my upcoming book on the history of plastic tables.