Diversified Plastics, Inc. has been selected as one of four finalists in the 2019 Processor of the Year Award

Processor of the Year Award

MINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), a custom plastic-injection molder and digital manufacturer of high-precision thermoplastic components, has been selected as one of four finalists in the 2019 Processor of the Year Award. The Processor of the Year Award is a prestigious award in polymer technologies that honors companies with superior achievement in their industry, community and operations. The winner will be announced at the February 24 – 26, 2020 Plastics News Executive Forum.

“It was an honor to be nominated for this award by Carbon, Inc.,” says Kevin Hogan, chief executive officer of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “We are excited to be recognized as one of four finalists among the thousands of injection molders in the United States. Owned by our employees through an employee stock ownership plan, we earned high marks for employee relations. In addition, our investments in the Carbon® Digital Manufacturing Platform and our Acceleration Station services are being emphasized as strengths by the award judges.”

Judges for the Processor of the Year Award are members of the Plastics News​ ​editorial staff. Candidates for the award are judged based on seven criteria: financial performance, quality, customer relations, employee relations, environmental performance, industry/public service and technological innovation.

DPI has nearly 100 employees, including four of the original team of 13 employees that still work at the company. At the end of 2018, DPI joined the Carbon Production Network and added three Carbon M2 printers. Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS™) technology became the backbone of its Acceleration Station™ services, which deliver a faster path to market for its customers. DPI also acquired Pacific Plastics Injection Molding in Vista, Calif. at the end of 2018.

“We see additive manufacturing being a significant portion of our business in the near future,” says Hogan.

As part of the award process, Plastics News judges contacted several DPI customers. In these interviews, customers noted that DPI is a trusted supplier and partner with expertise in moldability, uniformity, consistency and materials. One of the customers has been working with DPI for over 40 years, since the company’s beginning.

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

DPI named one of Plastics News’ four finalists for it’s Processor of the Year Award

DPI Processor of the Year Finalist

Article by Plastics News

Detroit — Four companies — all of them custom injection molders — have been named finalists for Plastics News’ Processor of the Year Award: Diversifed Plastics Inc., Intertech Plastics Inc., MMI Engineered Solutions Inc. and PTI Solutions Inc.

Although all four finalists are injection molders, they are a diverse group.

Diversified Plastics runs a headquarters plant in Brooklyn Park, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, and one in Vista, Calif. Intertech has two factories in Denver — one dedicated to clean room and white room production, the other for industrial. MMI operates three plants: at its headquarters in Saline, Mich., in Warren, Mich., and Monterrey, Mexico. PTI is in Macomb, Mich.

Candidates for Processor of the Year are judged based on seven criteria: financial performance, quality, customer relations, employee relations, environmental performance, industry/public service and technological innovation. Judges are members of the Plastics News editorial staff.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. welcomes Robert Kieval to board of directors

Kieval portrait

MINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), a custom plastic-injection molder and digital manufacturer of high-precision thermoplastic components, has appointed Robert Kieval to its board of directors. Kieval has extensive experience as a chief executive officer and c-level leader in the health care industry with a track record of success in innovation, finance and commercialization of advanced medical technology. He will provide leadership and strategic guidance and serve as an adviser to DPI’s CEO and executive team.

“We welcome Robert to the board and look forward to his contributions as we grow the company,” says James Dow, chairman of the board at Diversified Plastics, Inc. “His impressive background in the medical technology and life science segments makes him ideally suited to help guide the company for future success.”

Kieval has over 25 years of medical technology experience, including at top tier, accelerator and start-up businesses. He is the chief executive officer of IMMR, Inc., a provider of R&D services to medical device and biotechnology companies.  He previously served as chief scientific and clinical officer at FemPulse Corporation, a St. Paul, MINN.-based medical device manufacturer in the women’s health space.  He also served as founder, president and CEO, as well as chief development / technology officer, at CVRx, Inc. in Minneapolis, a company that provides implantable, Class III medical devices to treat heart failure and hypertension.  Prior to joining CVRx, Inc., Kieval cofounded and served as business development director at ProtoStar, Inc., a medical technology incubator, in Maple Grove, Minn. In addition, Kieval held various positions, including divisional medical director, at Medtronic, Inc., a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions.

Kieval received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science, his Doctor of Philosophy and Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as chairman, vice chairman and board member at a number of companies and industry associations.  Additionally, Kieval has provided congressional testimony and industry advocacy for several government committees, Senators and a congressional field hearing.

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

New white paper explores how previously unmakeable parts can now be designed and manufactured

Design for Additive Manufacturing White Paper

MINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), custom plastic-injection molder and additive manufacturer of high-precision components, has released a new white paper titled Design and Manufacture the Impossible. This white paper details how Carbon® Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS™) technology allows engineers and manufacturers to explore what has been previously impossible to produce using conventional manufacturing. Some of the design possibilities discussed include articulating structures, sharp corners, complex lattices, consolidation of multiple components into one, new surface textures and more. To download this white paper, visit www.divplast.com/possible.

“Many new product designs and innovations have been restricted by limitations of plastic injection molding and other conventional manufacturing processes,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “This white paper shows engineers how Carbon DLS technology transforms product design and production.”

Unlike other traditional 3D-printing technologies, Carbon DLS is not just for prototyping. Engineers can now design complex end-use parts that can be manufactured, without tooling, in small- to large-volume production runs.

The white paper discusses the use of generative design tools, which help engineers transcend the limits of traditional design. Learn how geometries, lattices and materials can be optimized to meet specifications for strength and durability, while reducing overall weight. Also discover how to take products to the next level with each part customized to user-specified parameters.  Additionally, the white paper highlights how engineers can boost quality, strength, stiffness, heat dissipation and performance.

Download the white paper by visiting www.divplast.com/possible or for more information, call +1 763.424.2525 or email dpisales@divplast.com.

Toy Drive for Toys for Tots

This year DPI collected toys to donate to Toys for Tots for the holidays. The DPI team filled up a huge box with toys to be donated, including toy cars and trucks, dolls, games and even a large teddy bear. Toys for Tots is a non-profit charity that was founded by the U.S. Marine Corps. Read more…

Julie Showers Retirement Party

Julie Showers, one of the original 13 employees at DPI, has retired after over 40 years with us. Starting as a press operator, she retired as our Production Manager. In April 2019, she was featured in Plastics New’s Women Breaking the Mold which showcases women pioneering the way for future women in the plastics industry. Read more…

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Annual Blood Drive

This Friday, November 8th, Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) will be hosting a blood drive through Memorial Blood Centers. There is a blood shortage here in the Twin Cities and you can help out! Please register using the link at the bottom of this page.

The University of Minnesota is also promoting donations and DPI has also agreed to sponsor the University of Minnesota’s radio station on Friday. We will be running three commercials promoting blood donations, listen for “Diversified Plastics is on the air because they care.”

This month, Memorial Blood Centers is in the State of Giving. Blood donors will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to a Minnesota Wild game. For more details visit MBC.ORG/WILD.

The blood drive will be hosted at DPI from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Friday, November 8th. at 8617 Xylon Ct. N. Brooklyn Park.

Join us and Register Today.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Celebrates Halloween

Halloween Group Costume Photo

It’s that time of year again, Halloween! We wait patiently all year to see what brilliant costumes will be worn around the company, and this year was a success. From a popular board game, a Disney icon and even President Trump graced us with his presence.

Think you can top these? Check out our job listings today to see open positions and send us your resume. We are currently hiring talented individuals.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Holds Pumpkin Decorating

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Last week DPI hosted an employee pumpkin decorating contest. Each department worked together to submit a pumpkin for the company pumpkin decorating contest. The teams were supplied with two cotton eyes, two jewels, a necklace and white paint. In addition to the supplies provided, each team was free to use any extra supplies they wanted.

The pumpkins ranged from scary, goofy to even a Muppet! First place goes to the pumpkin queen: Miss Piggy made by the office staff. Second place belongs to the sales department, with the unicorn. Coming in third was the third shift production department who submitted the scary pumpkin.

DPI prides itself on it’s friendly, collaborative culture. Company events, like this pumpkin decorating contest, are just one example of how DPI brings employees together. Employee-ownership and a strong company culture that values the relationships between employees creates a comfortable working environment.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Holds Last Employee Pot Luck of the Year

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Last week DPI held a potluck and BBQ to enjoy a beautiful fall day. Participation was encouraged throughout the company and attendance was high. Employees contributed many dishes including, gyros, buffalo chicken dip, tequilaberry salad and monster eyes (marshmallows and chocolate chips).

Events like this potluck are one of the many benefits of working at DPI. Employee-ownership and a strong company culture that values the relationships between employees to create a comfortable working environment.