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Merwyn (M.C.) Gill - May 30, 2013


Merwyn Carlyle Gill (M.C.) passed away on May 30, 2013 at the age of 102. He was one of the original pioneers in plastics manufacturing, incorporating his business after WWII, in 1945. Later his company bought Royal Plastic Manufacturing in Minden, Nebraska, owning it from 1979 to 1998.
M.C. was born at home in Terril, Iowa. He became the first one of his lineage to attend college finally graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1937. He married Ellen Wildy, originally from Scottsbluff, in 1939 after she graduated from USC.
M.C. began his professional career at U.S. Royal Tire Company as a quality engineer. When WWII broke out he went to work at Swedlow, where he furthered his knowledge in plastics.
At the end of WWII, M.C. did what he’d always wanted to do – he started his own business, making consumer items out of plastic in a rented garage. His business was not an instant success so he went to work at Aerojet Company to earn the money to feed his family. He worked at his business at night and on weekends. He invented and marketed a plastic coated wall paper and a toy bat’n’ball set for children to learn baseball. After 5 years of hard work, he struck upon an opportunity to make cargo compartment wall liners for the Douglas DC-6 aircraft. He made good on this opportunity and his little company shifted to aircraft parts.
M.C. was a true pioneer in his field of plastics and the company he started still exists today as the world’s leading maker of airplane cargo liners and flooring. The M. C. Gill Corp. employs over 750 people worldwide and provides products to airlines around the globe. M.C. was President until 1991, age 81, when he named his son Stephen Gill President.
M.C. was instrumental in the Boy Scouts developing a composites merit badge. His son Phillip is owner/President of Royal Engineered Composites in Minden today. M.C. created the Composites Chair at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC.
M.C. is survived by his current wife, Hester; his three children; Stephen, Phillip and Debaney; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.