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PM&F‘s FAST 30 PROCESSORS

Rank Company % Increase
1. Sterling Technologies 234%
2. Poly Concepts 113%
3. Production Enzzo 100%
4. Elements 2001 100%
5. Midwest Fixture 68%
6. Triple S 63%
7. Great Lakes 62%
8. Romarc Corp. 56%
9. Skape Consult 50%
10. Beaver State Plastics 46%
11. Clipsal Lanka 41%
12. Adantage Plastic Products 41%
13. Liners Direct Inc. 39%
14. Trend Technologies 33%
15. Tarra Plast 33%
16. Acrylic Design Associates 31%
17. LGS Technologies 29%
18. Donnelly Custom Mfg. 28%
19. Piper Plastics 28%
20. Accutech Plastic Specialties 27%
21. Northern Precision Parts 26%
22. Houck Machine Co. 24%
23. Winfield Consumer Products 16%
24. Schafer Systems Inc. 13%
25. ESA Manufacturing & Trim 9%
26. American Plastic Fabricators 9%
27. Horn Plastics 8%
28. Lehigh Valley Plastics 7%
29. Scot Forge 7%
30. 3P Performance 2%


Poly Concepts has found success in designing and manufacturing high purity products and chemical process equipment to customer satisfaction.
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Poly Concepts Inc.
Sherwood, OR
(503) 625-2251
www.polyconcepts.com

1998 Sales $3,978,560
1999 Sales: $ 6,592,260
2000 Sales:14,073,000
2000 Sales Increase: 113%
Projected Sales 2001: +25%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1995
Employees: 123
Industries Served:
Designs and manufactures high purity products and chemical process equipment to customer specifications.
New equipment: An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and additional CNC equipment have been purchased in the past two years to enhance our supply chain.
Materials used: acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, PVDF, PFA and CPVC
Services: Fabricator and machine shop
Factor contributing to success: New product development
Roxanne S. Frye, VP Corporate Development
Email: roxanne_frye@polyconcepts.com
“We are a designer and manufacturer of high-purity products and chemical process equipment. We cooperate with our customers, vendors, and suppliers in manufacturing process solutions for high-purity and chemical environments, meeting and exceeding expectations for quality, delivery and cost on all manufactured and produced products. In the past four years we have grown from a 2,000-sq ft. to a 20,000-sq.ft. facility, and from two employees to more than 40. Paving the way for our success has been product development. PCI is constantly developing new products for our customers who depend on us to supply them with the latest technology based upon new raw materials, processing technologies and life cycle assessments.”


Production Enzzo S. A., which saw its sales in 2000 jump 100%, produces P.O.P. products much likje this Coca-Cola sign by screen printing and vacuum forming acrylic, polystyrene, PVC and vinyl.

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Production Enzzo S.A. de c.v.
Monterrey, Mexico

1998 Sales: $230,000
1999 Sales: $500,000
2000 Sales: $1,000,500
2000 Sales Increase: 100%
Projected Sales 2001: +100%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1998
Employees: 35
Industries Served:
POP Displays and Store Fixtures
New equipment: In the last two years Production Enzzo has bought 2 automatic screen printing presses, a vacuum forming machine and all the equipment needed to work with and are expecting 2 more screen printing machines in the next 2 months.
Materials used: Acrylic, polystyrene, PVC, Vinyl
Services: Thermoforming
Jose Timoteo Rosales - General Manager/President
Email: proenzzo@mexis.com

“We produce P.O.P. products by screen printing and vacuum forming. Employee skills and their dedication have been integral in our growth. The people working here have dedication and want to learn new things every day.”


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Elements 2001 Inc.
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 477-9224

1998 Sales: $700,000
1999 Sales: 800,000
2000 Sales: $1,600,500
2000 Sales Increase: 100%
Projected Sales 2001: +1%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1995
Employees: 13
Industries Served:
contract furniture, medical, store fixture, RFID
New equipment: CNC mill, CNC saw, Point-To-Point, dust collector, edgebander
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, polycarbonate, polypropylene, PVC, delrin, plastic laminates, structural foam
Services: Fabrication, machine shop
Business: Precision acrylic assemblies, panel processing, fixtures
Factor contributing to success: Fast turnaround
Alan Stormes - General Manager
Email: alan@elements2001.com


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Midwest Fixture Group
Anoka, MN
(800) 635-8070
www.customfixtures.com

1998 Sales: $4,284,000
Midwest Fixture Group acquired the sporting goods display division of Loomis Plastics and has continued with the line of bat, fishing rod and pool cue display products has being used by sporting goods manufacturers and retailers around the world. Virtually unbreakable molded arms fit pegboard or slatwall and hold 12 bats, fishing rods or cues securely using only 5" of wall space.
1999 Sales: $5,464,000
2000 Sales: 9,203,000
2000 Sales Increase: 68%
Projected Sales 2001: +20%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1994
Employees: 60
Industries Served: Store fixtures and point-of-purchase displays
New equipment: (2) Komo twin-table CNC routers and a Hendrick CNC panel saw
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, PETG, polystyrene
Awards: Target Corp. 1999 Fixture Vendor of the Year
Services: fabricating, thermoforming
Business: Midwest Fixture Group offers a wide range of merchandising systems and custom manufacturing capabilities, employing cutting-edge technology like CAD/CAM and 3D design software; laser and CNC production equipment; and EDI, bar-coding and secure internet information transfer sites.
Factor contributing to success: Increased productivity with the introduction of CNC equipment and design technology.
Wylt Chipman - President:
Email: info@mfgi.com
“Midwest Fixture Group began in 1994 with 4 employees in a 3,000 square foot shop. Today, we have over 60,000 square feet, 60 employees and over $1 million in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. This has been achieved by building solid partnerships with our customers by listening to their needs and delivering what we promise. Innovative solutions. Proven performance. That's why in 1997 Midwest Fixture Group was recognized by Dun & Bradstreet as the 63rd fastest growing new company in America. That's how we won Target Corporation's coveted Fixture Vendor of the Year Award in 1999. And that's why 3 of the 15 fastest growing retailers in America have invited us to be partners in their growth. We recognize every order for what it is-a responsibility and an opportunity. The responsibility to provide a quality product delivered on time. And the opportunity to justify the buyer's trust.”

We integrate CAD/CAM/CIM technology with the latest CNC manufacturing equipment. Our twin-table CNC routers operate at speeds up to 1,000 inches per minute while maintaining tolerances of +/- 4/10,000's of an inch. We also utilize a CO2 laser, computerized panel saw, press brakes, thermoforming equipment and various other tools all in the hands of a dedicated staff of talented people.


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Triple S Plastics Inc.
Portage, MI
(616) 968-4200
www.tsss.com

1999 Sales: $95,102,000
2000 Sales: $155,168,000
Triple S has locations in Vicksburg, MI, Brewster, NY, Georgetown, TX and Fort Worth, TX as well as Battle Creek, MI, which includes 64,000 square feet
of space and 29 Injection Molding Presses.
2000 Sales Increase: 63%
Projected Sales 2001: +20%
Expectations for 2002: Very Good
Established: 1969
Employees: 150
Industries Served:
Triple S Plastics Inc. is a plastics engineering services company serving the telecommunications, automotive and other industries with manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Texas, New York and Brazil.
Awards:
CR Bard Self Certification Status
CR Bard Certified Supplier Award
TTC - "No Lost Time - 1997" from the Michigan Safety Council
TTC - "Lowest Incidence Rate" from the Michigan Safety Council
TTC - "No Lost Time - 1998" from the Michigan Safety Council
GBC Preferred Supplier
Stryker Patient Handling Division - Certified Vender
Chapter of APICS - Customer of the Year
Leader in School-to-Work Movement by the National Employer Leadership Council
Stryker Instruments -100% Club Member
ISO 9002
United Way - Silver, Bronze and Gold Achievement Recognition
Services: Rapid prototyping and design models, mold design and engineering services, mold manufacturing, plastic injection molding, and post molding assembly and finishing operations.
Chris Schauer - CEO
Email: chris_schauer@tsss.com

“Since 1969, we have been providing full service solutions to our customers. As part of our continued commitment to our customers, Triple S Plastics has undergone a few changes this past year, adding a new 60,000 square feet facility in Ft. Worth, Texas and have added space to our Georgetown, Texas facility. We are moving into expanded facility at our Dynacept rapid prototyping business and will expand that business' services to include custom molding. People, service and solutions are the foundation of our passionate commitment to you, our customer. Our employees have worked very hard during these past two years in adjusting to this rapid growth and to exceeding our customers' expectations. We are committed to being the best in our industry and are positioning ourselves to serve an ever-expanding list of growing and technologically progressive customers."


While it was once thought that wood and steel were the only viable mateiral for golf course accessories, Eco-Lumber, which is made from recycled polyethylene, is now known to be the most durable, weather resistant option available.
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Great Lakes Products
Delafield, WI
(800) 505-7926
www.glpr.net

1998 Sales: $725,000
1999 Sales: $1,300,000
2000 Sales: $2,100,000
2000 Sales Increase: 62%
Projected Sales 2001: +35%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1997
Employees: 20
Industries Served:
Golf courses, municipalities, state and city parks etc.
New equipment: High production saws and drilling equipment
Materials used: Polyethylene
Services: Fabrication
Business: Manufacture golf course accessories, park amenities made from recycled plastic (eco-lumber). Rope stakes, hazard and out of bounce markers, divot mix/waste enclosures, tee markers, driving range products, benches, water cooler enclosures and signage.
Factor contributing to success: New product development
Matt Morse - President
Email: glgcp@execpc.com

“We have continually expanded our product line in order to give our customers more opportunities to buy recycled plastic products.”


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Romarc Corporation
Plumsteadville, PA
(800) 755-2572
www.romarc.com

1998 Sales: $2,128,440
1999 Sales: $2,016,034
2000 Sales: $3,139,908
2000 Sales Increase: 56%
Projected Sales 2001: +30%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1973
Employees: 22
Industry’s served:
Medical
New equipment: Pin engraver, upgraded CNC router
Materials used: Acrylic, Polycarbonate, PE, PP, Polystyrene and PVC.
Services: Fabrication of plastics and foams for industrial applications, manufacturing cryogenic neckplugs and safety covers for back up power systems among other items; Product development: from concept through material selection, testing, prototypes, and production; Short-run production/rapid prototyping; Close tolerance cutting; High precision CNC production drilling - routing - cutting; Thermobending: up to four simultaneous bends, wide range of angles; Laminating, In-house graphics/hot stamping in foil, pigment inks, or labeling; ISO 9002 certification pending
Business: Medical: Thermal insulation, including cryogenics; Transportation Industry:  air deflectors; Marine: flotation equipment; for instrumentation and underwater robotics. Applications in fresh and ocean waters; specific acid and petroleum products; Power Generation: fire-retardant electrical shields; solar or clear; for batteries or other electrical equipment; Warehouse Distribution: Impact-resistant door panels for dry and low-temperature buildings.
Factors contributing to success: Employee Skills/Dedication
Joan Saalfrank - President
Email: romarc@pil.net
“Each person within Romarc has dedicated themselves to serving the needs of the customer. This attitude has permeated every level of the organization. It has been accomplished through embracing an internal teamwork concept increasing both quality and efficiency.”


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Skape Consult PLC
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1998 Sales: $70,000
1999 Sales: $ 80,000
2000 Sales: $120,000
2000 Sales Increase: 50%
Projected Sales 2001: +5%
Expectations for 2002: Bad
Established: 1997
Employees: 25

Industries Served: Medical and store fixture markets
Materials used: Nylon, PE, polystyrene and PVC
Services: Injection molding, thermoforming, fabricator
Factors Contributing to Success: Quality control improvements.
Semeneh Kelel
Email: skape.consult@telecom.net.et


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Beaver State Plastics Inc.
Drain, OR
(800) 578-2203

1998 Sales: $1,331,000
1999 Sales: $1,187,000
2000 Sales: $1,730,000
Insert molding products in plastic or thermo rubber receive an insert of wire or metal. Beaver Plastics' multi section table in an important component of this process, allowing faster, more efficient production.
2000 Sales Increase: 46%
Projected Sales 2001: +10%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1972
Employees: 20
Industries Served:
Automotive, transportation, electronic, semi-conductor and medical
New equipment: Boring mill, Kawaguchi injection press, VanDorn injection press with robotics, Milacron injection press, several measurement devices and scales
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, PC, PE, polypropylene, PS and PVC
Services: Injection molder, fabricator, thermoformer, machine shop
Business: Plastic injection molding and machine shop for tool and die production. Mostly industrial, bike parts, food industry, health care, security, pet supplies, irrigation and car replacement parts.
Factor contributing to success: Increased productivity
Shiela Yoder - Office Manager:
Email: bspplastic@aol.com
“Word of mouth advertising has brought in a lot of new customers and over a long period of time, our customers have gone through huge growth spurts.


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Clipsal Lanka Ltd.
Colombo 2, Sri Lanka
+94 74-792123
www.clipsal.lk

1998: $3,300,000
1999: $3,846,000
2000: $5,440,000
2000 Sales Increase: 41%
Projected Sales 2001: +12%
Expectations 2002: Good
Established: 1986
Employees: 378
Industries Served:
Electrical Switchgear
New equipment: CNC Milling Center & Accessories for tool making capability. Cincinnati Injection Molding Machines of 350 ton capacity. Eubama brand Rotary Transfer Machine
Materials used: ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, polypropylene
Services: Fabricator, injection molder, machine shop, rotational molder
Factor contributing to success: increased productivity
Dilup Talaiver, Manager Exports
Email: dilup@clipsal.lk
“We are a manufacturer of Electrical wiring accessories comprising mainly of lush plate Switches & Sockets. Most of the manual functions were eliminated with the new machinery as well as the outside sourcing for certain components. The new machinery also increased production capacity.”


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Advantage Plastic Products
Manchester, NH
(603) 629-9540
www.plastics-app.com

1998 Sales: $277,000
1999 Sales: $717,000
2000 Sales: $1,009,000
2000 Sales Increase: 41%
Advantage Plastics Products is a winner when it comes to service and delivery. The injection molder says its technical know-how brings home the jobs in the field of sporting goods, electronic and telecommunication fields.
Projected Sales 2001: +5%
Expectations for 2002: OK
Established: 1997
Employees: 10
Industries Served:
Electronics, Telecommunications, Consumer, Industrial, Pharmaceutical, Food, Sporting, Retail
New equipment: 170 ton Toshiba injection molding machine, 250 ton Cincinnati injection molding machine, Branson Ultrasonic welder, Comec Pad Printing machine. Secondary equipment such as dryers, chillers etc.
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC, TPE, Polyphytalamide, Stainless filled EMI shielding
Services: Injection molder
Business: APP is privately owned and operated by William Blank, Waynne Froman and Joel Beaudette who, combined, have over 65 years of experience in the injection molding industry. APP is a custom injection molder servicing the electronics, industrial, sporting goods, marine, and to a lesser degree, the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Located in 8,600 sq.ft. of mill space, APP is committed to providing its customers with quality products, on-time delivery and exceptional service at a reasonable cost. APP can assist its customers in any or all phases of the product cycle, from part concept to finished product.
Factor contributing to success: Employee skills/dedication.
Joel A. Beaudette - VP Sales
Email: joel@app.mv.com
“We specialize in enclosures for handheld and desktop instrumentation. Our customers frequently comment on the level of service we provide in terms of quality products, on-time delivery and technological know-how.


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Liners Direct Inc.
Itaska, IL
(630) 227-1737
www.bathmax.com

1998 Sales: $1,362,000
1999 Sales: $2,177,000
2000 Sales: $3,021,000
2000 Sales Increase: 39%
Projected Sales 2001: +28%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1997
Employees: 24
Industries Served:
Residential bathrooms
New equipment: 1) Rotary thermoformer - a 3-station piece to expedite equipment; 2) Spray booth - a rigidizing foam allows us to expand our acrylic/ABS tubs and showers to “stand-alone markets.
Materials used: ABS, acrylic
Services: Distributor, fabricator, thermoformer
Business: Remodeling. Liners Direct began as a basic tub liner company in 1997. An acrylic tub liner was sold to their network of nationwide dealers, who, in turn, install it over an existing steel or cast tub in a residential or commercial application. Their line of products also includes a variety of wall surrounds (inc. simulated tile), accessories, a patented window kit and showers.
Factor contributing to success: Quality Control Improvements
Sandi Smith - Treasurer
Email: sandi@linersdirect.com
“Having to choose one item is difficult, but i believe our biggest success is due to listening to our dealers. Their feedback provides insight to the best changes to make for our concentrated growth. Our production motto is “send the right part to the right person in perfect condition.” It’s not flattery, but then tub liners aren’t the most romantic industry - still we’re serious about doing it right!”


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Trend Technologies
San Jose, CA
(408) 895-6450
www.trendtechnologies.com

1998 Sales: $196,900,000
1999 Sales: $308,000,000
2000 Sales: $409,500,000
2000 Sales Increase: 33%
Projected Sales 2001: +20%
Expectations for 2002: OK
Established: 1997
Employees: 5000
Industries Served:
electronics, medical, sporting goods
New equipment/supplies: 102,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility in Budapest Hungary; 93,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility in Guadalajara, MX; Acquired Data Packaging of Mullingar, Ireland including its clean room facilities; Two and three shot molding presses; Designed custom Gas Assist controller; Purchased over 50 new molding presses ranging in tonnage from 90 tons to 1000 tons; Added extrusion capability
Factor contributing to success: Explain choice comments:
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate
Services: Fabricator, injection molder
Business: Trend Technologies is a global supplier of integrated enclosures for the high-end computer networking and communications industries. Trend has world class expertise in program management, mold & die fabrication, plastic injection molding, metal stamping finishing and electro mechanical assembly.
Factor contributing to success: Global expansion of capabilities
ProMAT.”Bradford A. Frank - Vice President - Strategic Business
Email: bfrank@rendtechnologies.com

“If Trend takes price, quality and service for granted as a prerequisite to being a supplier, Trend has found that the driver to our growth is our willingness to locate lower cost, integrated manufacturing facilities in close proximity to our largest customers' test and assembly facilities. Examples of this are our Austin, TX facility, Guadalajara, Mexico facility and our Budapest, Hungary facility. We also believe that our Plastic Injection Molding Technical Center in San Jose, CA also provides us a competitive advantage by allowing Trend to first, maintain its technical edge, second, reduce new tool lead times, and third, quickly "try-out" new tools and modifications. The final element to success that Trend believes differentiates us is our world class Program Management Department and their software tool “We believe that our Plastic Injection Molding Technical Center in San Jose, CA provides us a competitive advantage by allowing Trend to maintain its technical edge, reduce new tool lead times, and quickly "try-out" new tools and modifications. The final element to success that Trend believes differentiates us is our world class Program Management Department and their software tool, ProMAT.”


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Tarra Plast
Kazakhestan

1999 Sales: $300,000
2000 Sales: $400,000
2000 Sales Increase: 33%
Projected Sales 2001: +30%
Expectations 2002: OK
Established: 1999
Employees: 25
Industries Served:
Thermoformer, extruder
Material Used: Nylon, polypropylene, PVC
Business: Plastic bags
Factor contributing to success: Quality control improvements
BI JAN
Email: kaveer2001@yahoo.com


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Acrylic Design Associates
Minneapolis, MN
(763) 559-8395
www.acrylicdsgn.com

1998 Sales: $15,000,000
1999 Sales: $16,000,000
2000 Sales: $21,000,000
2000 Sales Increase: 31%
Projected Sales 2001: +20%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1975
Employees: 126
Industries Served:
Store fixture, medical, OEM, P.O.P, restaurants, banking
New equipment: Holzma and Schelling saws, die cutting equipment, UV dryers for printing, 2 Komo CNC routers (4 total), Despatch ovens, automated shrink wrapping machine, customized computer software for purchasing/ inventory and production tracking
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC
Services: distributor, fabricator
Factor contributing to success: New product development
Bill McNeely Jr. - VP Sales Marketing:
Email: bmcneely@acrylicdsgn.com
“We are a major fabricator/distributor of acrylic, PETG, Styrene, Expanded PVCs, extrusions and injection molded components. Servicing the retail/POP industry along with OEM, Medical, and Engineering business in a 120,000 sq. ft. facility with state of the art equipment, lasers, CNCs, Computerized saws, die cutting, in house silkscreening, thermoforming ovens, complete services from design to fulfillment. Acrylic Design Associates has designed, developed, and patented designs and product for the POP/Store Fixturing industry. Also, by continuing to serve the medical and industrial accounts, A.D.A continues to expand it's base.”


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LGS Technologies
Lancaster, TX
(972) 224-9201
www.lgstechnologies.com

1998 Sales: $14,100,000
1999 Sales: $16,600,000
2000 Sales: $21,400,000
2000 Sales Increase: 29%
Projected Sales 2001: Depends on economy
Expectations 2002: Good
Established: 1953
Employees: 155
Industries Served:
Automotive and medical industries
New Equipment: We have purchased over $3 million worth of new equipment of the last 2 years. Included are: Rotary, Water-jet, CNC Turret Press, (2) Press Brakes, Clam Shell Press
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, PC, PE, PP, PS and PVC
Services: Fabrication and machine shop
Factor contributing to success: Employee skills/dedication
Rachel Magee - Marketing Coordinator
Email: rmagee@lgsco.com

“LGS Technologies is a full service metal and non metal fabricator specializing in metal stamping, custom and standard gaskets, rotary die cutting, EMI/RFI shielding, formed parts, custom components, component parts and assemblies, and metal and non metal sub-assembly. For the past 48 years, LGS has achieved an excellent reputation as a high quality supplier to the telecommunication, aerospace, transportation, medical, petrochemical and computer industries. We would not be the company we are without our wonderful employees. We have implemented a new company training philosophy. Now, we hold on-going training classes in many different areas to ensure that our employees are skilled and knowledgeable. Equally important have been our quality control improvements. We are now ISO 9002 certified and work hard to make sure our quality standards are met.”


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Donnelly Custom Mfg.
Alexandria, MN
(330) 762-2396
www.donnmfg.com

1998 Sales: $13,292,000
1999 Sales: $17,644,000
2000 Sales: $22,625,000
2000 Sales Increase: 28%
Projected Sales 2001: Depends on economy, budgeted +1%
Expectations for 2002: OK
Established: 1984
Employees: 240
Industries Served:
Electronic and semi-conductor, medical and consumer storage organizers
New equipment: CNC machining centers, pad printers, x-ray machines, misc assembly equipment and shrink tunnel machines, blister pack equipment and sonic welders; Injection Molding Presses: Arburg All Arounder, Toshiba 170 Ton, JSW 75 Ton, JSW 165 Ton, Cincinnati/ Milacron 110 Ton,Cincinnati/Milacron 220 Ton, Mitsubishi 500 Ton , Toshiba 65 Ton, Toshiba 60 Ton, Mitsubishi 270 Ton, Toshiba 390 Ton, JSW 110 Ton, JSW 220 Ton, Cincinnati/Milacron 150 Ton, Mitsubishi 610 Ton , Mitsubishi 720 Ton, (2) Mitsubishi 500 Ton
Materials used: ABS, Acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, PEEK, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, polystyrene
Services: injection molder, distributor
Gerald Bienieas - VP Finance & Tech:
Email: jbienieas@donnmfg.com

“We are a custom injection molder offering additional value-added services such as pad printing, assembly, machining, sonic welding, x-ray inspection, etc., to customers in the OEM and consumer retail markets. We also provide distribution services for direct to retail customers shipping their products to mass merchandisers. Our mission is simple, ‘Deliver good products on-time.’ Our growth has been driven by our abilities to achieve our mission and meet our customers needs. This mission can only be achieved through hard work and dedication of our many capable and caring employees.”


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Piper Plastics
Libertyville, IL & Chandler, AZ
(847) 367-0110 and (480) 926-8100
www.piperplastics.com

1998 Sales: $9,250,000
1999 Sales: $10,100,000
2000 Sales: $12,900,000
2000 Sales Increase: 28%
Projected Sales 2001: +10%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1980
Employees: 130
Industries Served:
Medical, semiconductor, automotive and food processing
New equipment: Fadal CNC machining centers; SCM Routech CNC routers; Hendricks CNC panel saws; Zeiss CMM for precision inspection
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, PEEK, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, PVC, PVDF, teflon, PAI
Services: Distribution, fabrication, machining
Randy White - President
Email: randyw@piperplastics.com

“Piper Plastics is a full service machining, fabrication, and distribution center for plastic products and assemblies. We specialize in tight tolerance plastic components and assemblies for the medical and semiconductor industries. Piper has twin facilities located in Libertyville,IL and Chandler, AZ with full design engineering capabilities at each facility offering turnkey fabricated products as solutions to our customer's needs. Our products range from tight tolerance, CNC machined Vespel and Torlon electrical components to large fabricated polypropylene, PVDF, and PFA wet bench equipment to providing design assistance,fabricated parts, and assemblies for medical equipment. Piper Plastics strives to offer the tightest tolerance, most reliable and best overall service available in the plastics industry. Our people are well trained and highly motivated and we employ state of the art equipment and techniques at each facility. Both facilities are currently completing extensive training programs for ISO certification to the 2000 standard.”


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Accutech Plastic Specialties
Moline, IL
(309) 797-1900

1998 Sales: $98,000
1999: $130,000
2000: $165,000
2000 Sales Increase: 27%
Projected Sales 2001: +65%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1995
Employees: 6
Industries Served:
Automotive and Store Fixture
New equipment: 3 injection molding machines
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, PEEK, PETG, PP, polystyrene, PVC
Services: Distributor, fabricator, injection molder and machine shop
Tim D. Miner Sr. - President/Owner
Email: acutecplas@a.o.l.com
“We are a fabrication shop building game machines, industrial machine panels, tanks, prototyping, custom fabrication, etc. We just bought 3 injection molding machines and have 2 CNC routers for custom and production machining. Any company is only as good as the people they have working for them. If you look around your own office you see that for yourself.”


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Northern Precision Plastics
Belvidere, IL
(815) 544-8099
www.npp1.com

1998 Sales: $2,100,000
1999 Sales: $2,700,000
2000 Sales: $3,400,000
2000 Sales Increase: 26%
Projected Sales 2001: Depends on economy
Expectations for 2002 : +10% - 15%
Established: 1992
Employees: 30
Business:
Northern Precision Plastics is currently in a 15,000 sq. ft. building with plans to expand their warehouse/storage capability. Operation is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with three shifts. The three main processes that constitute operation are injection molding, thermoforming, and CNC routing.
AWARD'S:
1. ON-TIME DELIVERY & QUALITY AWARD PRESENTED TO NORTHERN PRECISION
PLASTIC'S BY ELKAY MANUFACTURING-SAVANNA,ILLINOIS. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO
SUPPLIER'S GREATER THAN 98%. INDUSTRY-WATER COOLER'S
2.ZELLWEGER -ANALYTICS AWARDED NORTHERN PRECISION PLASTIC'S A OVERALL
PERFORMANCE RATING OF 97%. INDUSTRY-MEDICAL ELECTRONIC'S
3. CERTIFIED SUPPLIER AWARD PRESENTED TO NORTHERN PRECISION PLASTIC'S FOR
QUALITY, DELIVERY &DEMONSTRATING A PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH IN CUSTOMER
RESPONSIVENESS. INDUSTRY-GAMING INDUSTRY/SLOT MACHINES
4. CERTIFIED SUPPLIER WITH GREEN-LEE TEXTRON FOR QUALITY & DELIVERY @ 100%
PERFORMANCE LEVEL.INDUSTRY-CONSTRUCTION
New equipment: Kawaguchi KM 450 Injection Molding Machine (1997); Kawaguchi KB 125 Injection Molding Machine (1994); Kawaguchi KM 100 Injection Molding Machine (1996); Kawaguchi KB 45 Injection Molding Machine (1991) (2) Injection 2-process (180 and 360 ton); Motionmaster routers; Branson 800W Sonic Welder (1990); Sonobond 1200W Sonic Welder and additional Sonic Welder; (3) MAAC Thermoforming Machines
Materials used: ABS, Nylon, PC, PE, PETG, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, PVC, engineering resins
Services: Fabricator, injection molder and thermoformer
Factor contributing to success: New product development
Bob Milnicheck - Owner
Email: npp6553@gateway.net

“Being able to help out customers in early stages of engineering development has been a major reason we have seen success. When Northern first started in 1992, injection molding was the only operation we performed, but as time has progressed, we have expanded to better meet our customer's needs. Thermoforming and CNC routing are two processes that go hand-in-hand. Thermoforming gives us the capability to start with a sheet of plastic and form a part. Our CNC routers then enable us to tweak and trim this part to the customer's specifications.”


#22
Houck Machine Company
Minneapolis, MN
(763) 566-3792

1998 Sales: $1,125,000
1999 Sales: $ 1,300,000
2000 Sales: $1,608,000
2000 Sales Increase: 24%
Projected Sales 2001: +38%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1984
Employees: 17
Industries served:
Medical industry
New equipment: 4 CNC lathes, 5 cnc machining centers with full 4 axis capabilities; a host of misc inspection equipment; 18 cubic foot laboratory grade oven for annealing and thermal processing of plastics.
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, PEEK, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, PVC, Radel, Noryl and Acetal
Services: Milling, turning and multi-part assemblies in a wide variety of materials.
Business: Products range from drive components for laboratory equipment to implantable devices.
Factor contributing to success: Quality control improvements
Steve Kingdon - Sales & Engineering Mgr:
Email: skingdon@houckmachine.com

“We are a CNC machining job shop serving the medical industry providing milling, turning, and multi-part assemblies in a wide variety of materials. Our products range from drive components for laboratory equipment to implantable devices. We have been ISO certified and registered with the FDA which has contributed greatly to our ability to attract work from top international medical companies.”


#23
Winfield Consumer Products
Winfield, KS
(316) 221-2268
www.huskyliners.com

1998 Sales: 16,241,823
1999 Sales: $19,248,963
2000 Sales : $22,329,200
2000 Sales Increase: 16%
Projected Sales 2001: +15% - 20%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1988
Employees: 115
Industries Served:
Automotive and transportation
New equipment: We have purchased (2) 5-axis Thermwoods and a 41/2-in HPM Extruder and sheet line. We also added 100,000 sq. foot warehouse with shipping and receiving area.
Materials used: Polyethylene and TPE
Services: Distributor, Extruder, Machine Shop and Thermoformer
Factor contributing to success: New product development
Scott Stewart - Production Mgr.
Email: husky@hit.net
“We produce a product called Husky Liners, which is a floor liner for SUV’s. We also make rubber floor mats and custom molded mud guards. We recently began to produce and market custom molded dash kits. Our original product was growing at a rate of 100% each year, until 1998, at which time our growth slowed to 40% - 50%, and it is now at approximately 10-15%. Our original product line sales are flattened out, so we began adding new products in 1998 and sales started increasing again. We have realized that in order to grow we have to expand our base of products.”


#24
Schafer Systems Inc.
Adair, IA
(641) 742-3266
www.ssi-ia.com

1998 Sales: $8,200,000
1999 Sales: $8,500,000
2000 Sales: $9,600,000
2000 Sales Increase: 13%
Projected Sales 2001: +12% - 15%, $10,800,000
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1986
Employees: 100
Industries Served:
POP/Store fixture and sporting goods
New equipment: No recent purchases that are significant. Focused on maximizing productivity and capacity of our existing equipment the past 2 years.
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, polystyrene and PVC
Services: Fabricator, injection molder, rotational molder and thermoformer
Business: Lottery ticket dispensers and POP displays, marine products (boats and dock systems), custom mfg.
Factor contributing to success:
Employee skills/dedication
Ryan Gruhn - VP Engineering Product Development
Email: ryan@ssi-ia.com

“We have become employee owned and all employees are working together trying to grow the company which has resulted in extremely positive results.”


#25
ESA Manufacturing & Trim
Williamston, MI
(517) 665-3772
www.esamfg.com

1998 Sales: $2,398,561
1999: $3,921,923
2000 Sales: $4,292,574
2000 Sales Increase: 9%
Projected Sales 2001: +10%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1994
Employees: 25
Industries served:
ESA is a full-service supplier of thermoformed parts and assemblies to the Automotive (OEM and Tier I), Marine, Craft, and Office Product Industries.
New equipment: Maac Rotary, Maac Shuttle; Lamco Rotary, Motionmaster Twin table CNC router; Grinding Equipment
Materials used: ABS, PETG, polystyrene, PVC and thermoformable vinyls
Services: Thermoforming
Business: ESA makes heavy gage thermoformed parts and components, including vinyl wrapping and assemblies for the automotive, marine, and office product industries.
Factor contributing to success: Employee skills and dedication
Brad Ebersole - President:
Email: bebersole@esamfg.com
“Our state-of-the-art 30,000-square-foot facility utilizes thermoforming machines ranging from single station shuttles to three station rotaries. Our industry remains very labor intensive despite the advances in equipment. Therefore, without the support of our employees and their cooperation, we could not have reduced scrap, increased productivity, enhanced our quality systems, and enjoyed the success we have seen from our marketing efforts.”


#26
American Plastic Fabricators
Brookneal, VA
(804) 376-3404

1998 Sales: $798,000
1999 Sales: $921,000
2000 Sales: $1,000,000
2000 Sales Increase: 9%
Projected Sales 2001: +10%
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1994
Employees: 13

Industries Served: Automotive, medical and heavy equipment industries.
New equipment: Large CNC Vertical Machining Center and oven for Acrylic Forming
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, PEEK, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, PVC, PBT, Celezole and Duratron
Services: Fabrication, machine shop, thermoforming
Business: Precision CNC machining, acrylic fabrication, plastic welding and tank fabrication
Factor contributing to success: Employee skills and dedication
David Morris - Secretary/Treasurer
Email: DMorris188@aol.com
“I feel the level of expertise shown by the employees in the products we make has allowed us to grow from referral and repeat business.”


#27
Horn Plastics Inc.
Whitby, Ontario - Canada
(905) 430-2029
www.hornplastics.com

1998 Sales: Change of Ownership
1999 Sales: $19,900,000
2000 Sales: $21,410,000
2000 Sales Increase: 8%
Projected Sales 2001: +10%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1979
Employees: 250
Industries Served:
Automotive, Business Machine, Medical, Electrical/Electronic Markets. OEM customers in the Business Machine, Medical, Electrical/Electronic Products
New equipment: Robotic De-molding, Vision System, Robotic Gluing, Multiple application/changeover assembly equipment for fog lamp assembly
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, PETG, polypropylene, polystyrene, different grades of polycarbonate and liquid silicone rubber
Services: Injection molder — 40 injection molding machines ranging from 15-720 Tons Representing some of the latest in technology and closed loop systems.
Business: Injection Molded Plastic Parts and Sub- Assemblies for the TIER 1/TIER 2 supplier to automotive industry, consisting of Black Plastic Parts, Fog Lamp Assemblies, HVAC Ducts for automobiles. Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding, Insert Molding, Clean Environment Molding and Assembly. Flex cell assembly. Secondary operations comprising of ultrasonic welding, heat staking, robotic gluing, Fog Lamp assembly, Print Cartridge Assembly.
Factor contributing to success:
1. Change of ownership in 1998, resulting in :Investment in new machinery and equipment addition of demolding robots.
2. Increased productivity: Value analysis/Value Engineering. Material substitution, productivity improvements, reduction in cycle times, flex cell assembly, Continuous Improvement (KAIZEN activities)
3. QS 9000 certification in Spring of 2000, enabled the company to increase the share of the automotive segment from 7% to 25% (YTD 2001)
4. Off shore tool build and localization of purchased components, making product pricing more competitive
5. Partnering with customers resulting in technology transfer/new technologies
6. Future factor: Plant consolidation in a new facility , effective January 2002.
Ron Irani - Marketing Manager
Email: rirani@hornplastics.com

“Established as a premium tool and die manufacturer in 1968 and a quality precision injection molder in 1979, Horn Plastics, today, sets a standard of excellence, as a provider of integrated manufacturing solutions to the automotive, business machine and medical markets. A QS-9000/ISO-9002 certified manufacturer, with a worldwide customer base exports to Holland, France, England, Scotland, Asia, Canada, United States and Mexico, our vertical integration of product design, prototyping, mold design, mold manufacture, injection molding, class 100,000 cleanroom, and assembly - all in a flexible manufacturing environment - are part of this process and set up to meet or exceed our customers deliverables of cost, quality and delivery. We recognize a strategic partner — future growth is critical . Our commitment to the future is site manufacturing, investment in R&D and leading edge technology, with a focus on continuous improvement and excellence. At Horn Plastics, our Goal is to provide an environment that promotes a Winning Attitude where Innovation and Accountability is the foundation for our growth and success.”


#28
Lehigh Valley Plastics Inc.
Allentown, PA
(610) 439-8573
www.lehighvalleyplastics.com

1998 Sales: $10,100,000
1999 Sales: $11,200,000
2000 Sales: $12,000,000
2000 Sales Increase: 7%
Projected Sales 2001: Depends on economy
Expectations for 2002: Best Ever
Established: 1971
Employees: 100

Industries Served: Automotive, Medical, Store fixture, Food Processing
New equipment: 1. Fadal CNC Mill with automatic pallet changer; 2. Amada CNC Press Brake; 3. Okuma CNC Lathe; 4. CAD-CAM software and computers
Materials used: ABS, acrylic, nylon, peek, polyethylene, PETG, polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC, UHMW, Ultem, Polycarbonate
Services: injection molder, machine shop,distributor, fabricator
Business: Factor contributing to success: Customer Focus
Fred Ressler - President
Email: fressler@lehighvalleyplastics.com

“We specialize in machining, fabricating, and injection molding products that include custom POP displays and industrial components for the food, medical, and transportation industries. Asking our customers the right questions and truly listening to their needs has enabled us to think outside the box and provide them with immediate added value, without increasing their cost.”


#29
Scot Forge
Spring Grove, IL
(815) 675-4201
www.scotforge.com

1998 Sales: $151,000,000
1999:$148,000,000
2000: $158,000,000
2000 Sales Increase: 6%
Projected Sales 2001: Depends on economy
Expectations for 2002: Terrible
Established: 1998
Employees: 550
Industries Served:
With over 100 years experience, Scot Forge has provided forgings to virtually every industry, including: heavy construction and equipment, power transmission, defense, shipbuilding, machine tool, fabrication, engine and turbine, oil field, transportation, power generation, service centers
Materials used: ABS, PVC
Experience: Scot Forge was the first North American open die forge shop to be certified to ISO 9002 (since July 1992).
Services: Injection molder, fabricator, saw cutting, rough machining, deep hole boring, heat treating, contour torch cutting and level III destructive and nondestructive testing.
Business: Scot Forge is a 100% employee-owned manufacturer of custom open die and rolled ring forgings. Started as a small hammer shop in Chicago, IL in 1893, Scot Forge has over 100 years of experience, leading the industry as one of the most modern and respected forging companies in the world. Operating with over 900,000 square feet of manufacturing space in five plants — Spring Grove, IL (headquarters), Franklin Park, IL, Clinton, WI, New Castle, PA (North American Forgemasters), Wayne, MI (Ringmasters) — over 200 million pounds of forgings are shipped from the company yearly. In addition, Scot Forge has a marketing alliance with FRISA, a rolled ring forge company in Monterrey, Mexico, to regionally represent each other's products.
Factor contributing to success: Employee skills/dedication
Wayne Meierdirk - VP Engineering
Email: wmeierdirk@scotforge.com

“People working together make you money.”


#30
3P Performance Plastic Products/EGC
Houston, TX
(281) 774-6100
www.3pusa.com

1998 Sales: $31,300,000
1999 Sales: $33,600,000
2000 Sales: $34,200,000
2000 Sales Increase: 2%
Projected Sales 2001: +10%
Expectations for 2002: Good
Established: 1959
Employees: 320
Industries Served:
Automotive, medical
New equipment: 3P's numerous state-of-the-art injection molding machines range in size from 28 to 720 tons and utilize robotics. An extensive in-house mold maintenance department is also available for customer owned tools.
Materials used: PEEK, PTFE, Teflon
Services: Extruder, fabricator, injection molder, machine shop
Business: 3P Performance Plastics Products/EGC is a premier manufacturer of custom-engineered thermoplastics, specializing in high-temperature, high-strength, and highly corrosive environments. Standard and custom lined pipe, fittings and wetted components; high performance seals, PTFE expansion joints, custom floropolymer job shop for oil/gas/petrochemical, semiconductor and industrial applications, pump and compressor components for critical applications reducing wear and improving efficiency.
Factor contributing to success: Employee skills/dedication
Heather Peden
Email: peden@3pusa.com

“Since 1959, EGC Corporation has been the leader in providing custom manufactured components made from the world's highest performance polymers. 3P is a preferred supplier to the Aerospace, Medical, Semiconductor, Chemical Process, Chromatography, and other industries which have special needs in dealing with elevated temperatures, chemical and corrosion resistance, extreme pressure, wear, lubricity, and ultra purity.”


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