Janel Rosine’s Crown Rally 2017 Adventure

Crown Rally, Janel RosineSponsored by Diversified Plastics, Inc., Janel Rosine and her husband Greg participated for the first time in Crown Rally 2017 this past weekend. The 4th year the automobile event was held, the rally started at Landmark Center in St. Paul, and finished more than 1,000-mile away in Chicago.

Over 120 vehicles of all types, new and vintage, were entered in the event. The vehicles included everything from a Lamborghini, Corvette and a 57 Chevy to modern-day muscle cars, a Yukon Denali full-size SUV and Ford F150.

Janel and Greg drove their 2009 Dodge Challenger. The prior owner of the vehicle was a collector and stored the vehicle in a shed. Janel and Greg purchased it in 2015 with only 1,025 miles on it.

Janel, Greg Rosine, Crown Rally 2017

The entry fee for Crown Rally 2017 was $2,000 for each vehicle. The fee covered food, hotel and other expenses along with a portion being donated to charity. The organizations benefiting from the Crown Rally 2017, include the Epilepsy Foundation and Kars4Kids. Participants were also encouraged to secure additional donations. Diversified Plastics, Inc. was a significant supporter for Janel and Greg’s campaign. The fourth highest team for donations earned, Janel and Greg were given the opportunity to start in the fourth position.

Each team had a driver and a navigator. The age range of participants was 21 years and older. There were all types of teams, including father and son, husband and wife, brothers, women and friends.

Equipped with walkie talkies, Janel and Greg raced alongside friends also participating in a Dodge Challenger. During the race, the Zello app was used for communication with all participants. It proved helpful in notifying racers that certain restaurants were staying open later. Some areas along the journey did not have cellular coverage, making navigation for teams without a paper map challenging at times.

There were several checkpoints, seven on the first day and four the second day. At the checkpoints, teams were given coordinates, longitude and latitude, for the next destination. It was up to each crew to determine the best course for each segment of the race.

“The scenery along the course was beautiful,” says Janel. “In addition to seeing remarkable vehicles, we met many wonderful people with common interests. We found that younger adults, 25 and under, were interested in the muscle cars, like our Challenger.”

A timed event, the routes were driven by a member of event management to determine the approximate time or each segment of the race. The total time at the end of the race was added up to determine the winner. If a participant arrived at a checkpoint too fast, they were disqualified from the race. This encouraged adherence to speed limits and safety.

On Friday night, the vehicles were parked on the 3rd street bridge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The city closed the bridge for the night. The public was encouraged to visit and view the different vehicles. The festivities included a band and food catered by HyVee. Participants were shuttled from the bridge to the Doubletree hotel for the night.

Saturday included a stopover to a racetrack. There, participants raced on a quarter-mile track. On Saturday night, the cars were parked in the warehouse where Chicago Fire, on NBC, is filmed. After the dinner and party on Saturday night, a bus took participants to the Fairmont hotel.

The winner of Crown Rally North has not been announced. Crown Rally South, starting in Chicago and finishing in Nashville, will be held from August 25 through 27.

DPI’s Janel Rosine participating in Crown Rally 2017

Crown Rally 2017Janel Rosine from Diversified Plastic Inc. is participating in Crown Rally 2017 this weekend, June 9 through June 11. Benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation and Kars4Kids, the event unites automotive enthusiasts for driving and navigational adventures throughout the Midwest. Rosine is part of a team that has raised money for the event. Diversified Plastics is one of the team sponsors. Click here to donate. Learn more about Crown Rally by visiting www.crownrally.com.

Women’s Networking Breakfast held at ANTEC

Women's Networking Breakfast

Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics, Inc. providing insight as a member of an influential panel of women in the plastics industry at ANTEC 2017. This was the first Women’s Networking Breakfast held at ANTEC the annual conference for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

Watch our new video. It provides insight into Diversified Plastics, Inc. plastic injection molding and contract manufacturing capabilities, facilities and equipment.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

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MINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc., a custom injection molding company of high-precision components, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The parts manufactured by Diversified Plastics can be found in dental x-ray machines, lithium-ion batteries, Juno spacecraft instruments, medical devices, tournament-quality foosball tables and other products and equipment.

Founded in 1977, by James R. Dow and William J. Cullen, Diversified Plastics began with 13 employees and three machines, operating from a 2,500-square foot facility. The Diversified Plastics of today has a world-wide presence, state-of-the-art equipment, and a 52,000-square foot facility with over 75 employees. Seven of the original 13 employees continue to serve integral roles within the company.40th anniversary founders

In November 2011, the employees took ownership of the company through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In 2015, Diversified Plastics received the Company of the Year award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association. In addition to employee dedication, with the average tenure being 12.5 years, many loyal customers have been working with Diversified Plastics since the beginning.

“Diversified Plastics is a success thanks to the many people involved with the company in the past 40 years,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “In addition to our employees and business partners, we would like to express gratitude to our loyal customers who continue to help us thrive.”

Known for providing exceptionally high quality and meeting high-tolerance guidelines of +/- .001 of an inch, Diversified Plastics tackles tough projects. The company has kept up with changes in technology by regularly replacing machines with newer, more energy-efficient equipment and robotics that offer greater productivity and better control of the molding process. Diversified Plastics has been recognized as one of the first plastics injection molding companies in the country to produce 3D-printed plastic injection molds.

In 1984, the company moved to a new 10,000-square foot building, which was later expanded. During the 1980s, Diversified Plastics added Design Tool & Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary, to meet industry demand for higher-quality precision plastic injection molds at a competitive price. In 2000, Diversified Plastics relocated to its current 52,000-square foot building. In recent years, Diversified Plastics added an environmentally controlled assembly area and a 600- square foot cleanroom.

“As we move into the future, we are planning for our next 15,000-square foot facility expansion,” says Lund. “We are also exploring possible strategic acquisitions.”

To continue to learn and improve, many managers and employees are active in industry associations, including American Society of Quality (ASQ), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Manufacturers Alliance and International Standards Organization (ISO). In addition, the company’s employees give back to the community through United Way, Memorial Blood Bank, food drives and other organizations and programs.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. appoints William K. Sourinta as quality manager

William K SourintaMINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc. has appointed William K. Sourinta as quality manager. Sourinta will play an integral part in continuous advancement and maintenance of Diversified Plastics’ quality systems to ensure that products meet or exceed customer requirements. In this role, he will also be responsible for training and keeping the company current and compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Sourinta has managed quality teams and quality systems for over a decade, with experience in medical device and plastic injection molding industries. Prior to Diversified Plastics, Sourinta held quality assurance supervisor positions at Juno Pacific in Anoka, Minn. and Greatbatch Medical, in Minneapolis, Minn. He also served in leadership and quality assurance roles at Mikros Engineering, QC Group, Nicollet Technologies and Honeywell Aerospace.

“William’s experience in injection molding, medical device, aerospace and other industries is a true asset for Diversified Plastics,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc.  “He is exceptionally qualified to ensure that the company continues to provide superior quality and continuous improvement.”

Sourinta received his education in internal quality process auditing at Hennepin Technical College. He is an ISO auditor, certified for internal and external audits. Sourinta is also a member of American Society for Quality (ASQ).

For more information about Diversified Plastics, Inc. call +1 763.424.2525 or email sales@divplast.com.

Diversified Plastics adds quality lab and clean room space

(Minneapolis, Minn. — September 23, 2016) Custom injection molder Diversified Plastics Inc. added a new medical quality lab and tripled its class 100,000 clean room space to boost its product assembly and packaging capabilities. “It’s provided a much better workflow. It is attached to our white room, so we are able to do some assembly and Read more…

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Minnesota-made precision parts are flying around Jupiter


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Channel 12 Feature | Juno Spacecraft Parts Manufactured by Diversified Plastics

View feature news coverage from Channel 12 highlighting the parts manufactured by Minnesota-based Diversified Plastics for the JADE instrument on the Juno spacecraft.

Juno Spacecraft contains components manufactured by Diversified Plastics

juno spacecraftLaunched by NASA in August 2011, the solar-powered Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit on Monday, July 4, 2016. The spacecraft is carrying the Jovian Auroral Distribution Experiment (JADE) instrument, which contains three parts manufactured by Minnesota-based Diversified Plastics, Inc. Engineered by a nationally recognized independent research and development laboratory, the JADE sensor is being used to measure electrons and ions that produce Jupiter’s strong aurora.

Proficient in producing high-precision, small-quantity parts, Diversified Plastics was selected because of the company’s extensive experience molding polyetheretherketone (PEEK) components for medical-device companies. Resistant to ultraviolet radiation, PEEK has a low outgassing profile when exposed to the high vacuum of space and features stiff, strong and lightweight characteristics.

“We are proud to be part of this mission,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “Our in-house capabilities allowed us to perform all operations required and saved the customer time and money.”

Juno SpacecraftOne of the parts required over molding PEEK around an aluminum ring. Another part contained twelve metal inserts machined by Diversified Plastic’s tooling division, Design Tool and Engineering. The inserts were press-fit into the molded plastic. The unreinforced part is an electrical shield to prevent arcing. Molded at approximately 700 degrees F (371 degrees C) in single-cavity tools, the parts measure 5 to 7 inches (127 to 178 mm) in diameter.

The first spacecraft to study Jupiter at such a close distance, Juno will travel 348 million miles (560 million kilometers) in orbit around Jupiter at different distances to get the best possible data and images under the planet’s cloud cover. The spacecraft was suitably named after the Greek god Jupiter’s wife Juno. Juno was able to see through the clouds to reveal the god’s true nature.