Diversified Plastics expands service offerings with new clean room

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New clean room at Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Minneapolis, MINN–June 22, 2009–High-precision injection molder, Diversified Plastics, Inc. has expanded their production capabilities by offering value-added services that require a clean room environment. This facility allows the company to extend their reach into industries such as medical devices, filtration and aerospace where special assembly and packaging operations need to be performed in clean room conditions.

“Adding a clean room facility was in our long-term plans; however, a medical device industry customer had an immediate production need, therefore we accelerated our installation plans”, says Annette Lund, vice president. Diversified Plastics is now equipped to assemble, sonic weld, and package parts all in a clean environment. In addition, they will inventory and deliver the customerʼs product as needed. “This gives us a big competitive advantage by offering these value-added services for our customers,” says Joe Bourgeault, quality director. “Now our customers make only one stop to have their products molded, assembled, packaged and inventoried.”

Clean room facilities are not commonly found at plastics injection molders. The Diversified Plastics clean room is certified to ISO 14644-1 class 8 standards, which means the filtered air in the clean room contains no more than 100,000 particles larger than one-half (0.5) micron in size, per cubic foot of air. A micron is one millionth of a meter, and for comparison, the human hair averages about 75 microns in diameter. The room has positive pressure airflow, which forces contaminants outward when the clean room door is opened. Before entering the clean room environment, workers must enter a changing room to clothe in special apparel such as smocks, shoe coverings, and hair nets. Before any production begins, all work surfaces are wiped down completely. To ensure their strict level of cleanliness is maintained, Diversified Plastics continually monitors the roomʼs particle count.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics receives 2009 Wellness by Design award

Minneapolis, MINN–June 19, 2009–Roger Vang, corporate controller, has announced that Diversified Plastics, Inc. has been awarded the 2009 Hennepin County Wellness by Design Award. This award is presented annually by the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department to companies that excel in creating a healthy working environment for its employees.

Diversified Plastics proudly accepted the bronze-level award for promoting a healthy work environment and for using innovative approaches to influence healthy behaviors. Employees had the opportunity to participate in a six-week Shape Up Challenge that focused on adopting healthier lifestyles. “One of our employees, Sue Quiggle, was instrumental in obtaining this recognition for our company. She put considerable effort into the program and scored high in all areas of the challenge,” said Vang.

Other factors that contributed to this award for Diversified Plastics included the installation of a defibrillator and the training its employees on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). “We are committed to not only providing a healthy working environment for our employees, but also looking out for their health and wellness,” added Vang.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

 

Diversified Plastics earns 2009 Minnesota Green Star Facility Award

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2009 MN Green Star Facility Award

Minneapolis, MINN–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has received the Minnesota Green Star Facility Award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The award was given following an audit by the agency of Diversified Plastics facilities acknowledging compliance with all applicable environmental requirements. Diversified Plastics is the first injection molder in Minnesota to receive this award.

The Green Star Award is given to a select group of manufacturers with recognition for their stewardship in managing hazardous waste and disposal to ensure protection of human health and the environment. “Receiving the Minnesota Green Star award is true testimony that Diversified Plastics recognizes and manages its facilities and resources with care for the community, its citizens and the environment as a whole,” stated Annette Lund, vice president of the company. “Our employees share in this important accomplishment and for that we are very proud.”

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics injection molds high precision parts for demanding tight tolerance water, air filtration, medical and consumer applications. Its customers include many Fortune 500 companies who are world leaders in their industries. The 30 year-old company is an ISO 9001:2000 UL registered manufacturer with high speed automated molding machines up to 550 tons. It molds engineering and high performance grade materials including PPS, PEEK, Torlon, Ultem and many others.

 

Diversified Plastics increases plastic mold production capabilities

Minneapolis, MINN–May 28, 2009–To fulfill customer expectations and grow into new markets, Diversified Plastics, Inc. recently expanded its mold production capabilities and increased its production with the acquisition of a high-speed, high-accuracy machining center from Haas Automation, Inc.

The VM-2 vertical milling machine allows the Design Tool and Engineering subsidiary of Diversified Plastics to produce high-quality molds with a fine surface finish. From these molds, they are able to produce very small, high precision injection-molded parts that are used in the medical device and aerospace industries. With a positional accuracy of ± 0.0002”, the machine can create complex mold designs for a multitude of industries.

“Because of its unique capabilities, this machine has significantly increased our capacity in fine machining,” said Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics. The machineʼs high-speed processing, along with the ability to change tools in less than three seconds and run “lights out”, or unattended, has given the company another competitive advantage. “Our new machine has allowed us to decrease our tooling lead times and be more responsive to our customerʼs needs,” says Lund.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics is an injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small to medium-sized injection molded components. The 32-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

Diversified Plastics exceeds goal for community food drive

Minneapolis, MINN–April 2, 2009–Food and cash donations totaling 677 pounds were collected by Diversified Plastics, Inc. during their annual Bonnie Schultz Memorial Food Drive. This yearʼs target goal of 500 pounds was exceeded when company employees donated 525 pounds. The North Hennepin County Chamber of Commerce membership raised the total amount by donating an additional Read more…

Diversified Plastics Recognized as 2008 Large Business of the Year

Minneapolis, MN–February 19, 2009–North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Diversified Plastics, Inc. with the “Images of Excellence” award in the large business category at the Chamber’s recent Winter Gala ceremony. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of Chamber member businesses that have made a positive impact towards development of the North Hennepin County area.

Diversified Plastics has consistently demonstrated its dedication to the development of new products by taking on tough and unique projects. From high-precision parts for the medical device industry, to complex injection mold designs for water filter applications, their unquestionable reputation has enabled the company to grow into new and expanding markets. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work and accomplishments by the community,” said Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics. “This award represents our dedication to creativity and innovation, and validates our customers’ confidence that we will be a valuable partner in the future”.

A contributing factor to this award was the recognition of Diversified Plastics as a recipient of the Green Star Facility Award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Diversified Plastics was commended in 2008 for their stewardship in managing waste and protecting human health and the environment. They were the first injection molder in Minnesota to receive this award.

About Diversified Plastics

Diversified Plastics is a producer of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components. The 31-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and component assembly.  Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2000 certified and UL registered.

Diversified Plastics chosen as Obama-Biden small group community discussion leaders

Diversified Plastics led Obama-Biden healthcare Transition Team

Diversified Plastics-led Obama-Biden healthcare transition team

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN — December 20, 2008 — Recently, the ObamaBiden Transition Team asked Diversified Plastics to lead a small group community discussion on what people felt were the main issues regarding health care. The incoming Administration was requesting thousands of these small groups to meet between December 15th and December 31st of 2008. Invitations were sent out to local businesses and within a period of 48 hours we had received an overwhelming response. What was originally anticipated to be a group of only 1012 turned into a crowd of 27. Another dozen had to be turned away due to lack of space.

The meeting was held on Tuesday, December 30th in the middle of a snow storm but that didn’t stop people from filling up our lunch room. Many business owners, bankers, managers of long term care facilities, the Director of local food shelf, along with the Mayor of Brooklyn Park were just a few of the individuals that attended.

Over the course of the meeting, we had a very diverse range of opinions and insights as to what needs to happen to improve healthcare and the related costs in this country. The results of this meeting were then forwarded to the ObamaBiden Transition Team to help shape the new administration’s health care reform proposals.

The local cable channel twelve was on hand to report on our meeting as well. You can view this report at the following link: http://nwtv12.dayport.com/launcher/4628/?tf=nwtv12player.tpl

We received some very good responses and the group overwhelmingly indicated that this type of meeting should be an important part of shaping the country’s health care reform initiative. Despite the differences of opinion, the group remained very professional and positive toward each other.

It was a very gratifying experience to help play a small part in setting up this discussion. Hopefully, our responses will aid in making some truly positive changes on this very important issue.

 

Diversified Plastics welcomes new quality director, Joseph Bourgeault

Minneapolis, MINN–Summer 2008–Diversified Plastics is pleased to welcome our newest employee, Joseph Bourgeault. Joe started the end of July and news-joehas already made a difference in our quality plans.

Joe has had years of manufacturing experience, working his way up from quality assurance technician to process engineer, quality engineer, quality manager and product development engineer. For the past sixteen years he worked for a manufacturer of Mylar balloons and producer/printer of flexible films. Joe is a fully-trained airplane mechanic having worked for Northwest Airlines for ten years. As you can see, his work is quite diverse.

Educationally, Joe believes in keeping his skills up-to-date. He’s completed the mini-series in quality at the University of St. Thomas and has earned a black belt in Six Sigma certification. Joe’s been active in the quality community by being involved with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) for ten years.

Updating Diversified Plastics’ ISO procedures is one of Joe’s first projects. His plan is to revise the company’s procedures, adding flow charts where ever possible. This is an ambitious project with our next audit due this fall.

Joe’s engineering aptitude, quality skills and management experience will enhance his contribution to our management team. As soon as he’s settled in, he will be visiting many of the company’s customers and vendors. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact him for any of your quality issues or just to say hello.

Diversified Plastics earns 2008 Green Star Facility award

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Green Star Facility Award 2008

Minneapolis, MINN–Spring 2008–Diversified Plastics, Inc. has received the Minnesota Green Star Facility Award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The award was given following an audit by the agency of Diversified Plastics facilities acknowledging compliance with all applicable environmental requirements. Diversified Plastics is the first injection molder in Minnesota to receive this award.

The Green Star Award is given to a select group of manufacturers with recognition for their stewardship in managing hazardous waste and disposal to ensure protection of human health and the environment.

“Receiving the Minnesota Green Star award is true testimony that Diversified Plastics recognizes and manages its facilities and resources with care for the community, its citizens and the environment as a whole,” stated Annette Lund, vice president of the company. “Our employees share in this important accomplishment and for that we are very proud.”

Diversified Plastics injection molds high precision parts for demanding tight tolerance water, air filtration, medical and consumer applications. Its customers include many Fortune 500 companies who are world leaders in their industries. The 30 year-old company is an ISO 9001:2000 UL registered manufacturer with high speed automated molding machines up to 550 tons. It molds engineering and high performance grade materials including PPS, PEEK, Torlon, Ultem and many others.

Diversified Plastics honors employee’s philanthropic legacy

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN–May 9, 2008–Diversified Plastics, Inc. will once again honor an exemplary employee in May by kicking off its annual Bonnie Schultz Memorial Food Drive. Bonnie, who passed away in February of 2007, went through life with very little materially. Growing up as an orphan, her life wasn’t easy and her past could have made Read more…