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


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…

Diversified Plastics, Inc. excels in difficult and challenging molding applications

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN–2008–Diversified Plastics, Inc. complete array of services sets them apart from other molding and prototype companies. Project development services include part design assistance, CAD, machining plastic prototype parts, SLA models, prototype aluminum or soft steel tools to production molds and production molding. This one-stop-plastic-parts capability provides design engineers with the best of all services to formulate fully functional and moldable components very fast.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. injection molds high precision parts for demanding tight tolerance water, air filtration, medical and consumer applications. With 30 years experience building complicated tooling and expertise with molding the most complex resins, the company excels in difficult and challenging molding applications.

As a single source supplier, Diversified Plastics offers design assistance, in-house mold construction, precision molding, insert molding, and complex assemblies with guaranteed quality and a three decade reputation of success with the “tough jobs”.

Materials include the most complex resins from engineering grade to high performance grades and experience with filled materials and foamed parts. Diversified Plastics, Inc. works with the most difficult to mold materials including PPS, PEEK, Torlon, Ultem, and similar materials.

Value-added services include product assembly, ultrasonic welding, spin welding, (removed sonic welding, it’s the same as ultrasonic welding) sonic stitching, pad printing, silk screen printing, hot stamping, heat sealing, and many more. Diversified Plastics, Inc. is equipped to provide a wide range of complex precision molding and value added services.  With 15 automated molding machines ranging from 50 to 550 ton capacity and 2.3 to 40 ounce shot size.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. is a UL Recognized Molder and provides high precision molding processes that are ISO 9001:2000 certified. Closely managed documentation control allows for consistent reliability with every order.

Incorporating advanced manufacturing techniques such as integrated machine operations and cell manufacturing, Diversified Plastics, Inc. provides unparalleled quality, efficiency, and on-time delivery. Diversified Plastics welcomes medical, scientific, and consumer companies looking for challenging parts and assemblies that may be out of the ordinary.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. celebrates 30th anniversary party: casino night

Minneapolis, MINN–November 29, 2007–Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), a precision injection molder of custom thermoplastic parts, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a lively casino night on Saturday, Nov. 10, for 74 employees, family members, customers and suppliers.

DPI was incorporated in December 1977 with 2,500 square feet of rented space, three machines and 13 employees. Seven of the original DPI employees are still with the company today, and another five employees have been with DPI for 15 years or longer. The cumulative industry experience of DPI employees is well over 200 years. The company serves approximately 60 OEM customers in a wide variety of industries including filtration, medical, electronics and industrial.

DPI moved to its current building in Brooklyn Park in 2000, and today the company is operating in 42,000 sq. ft. with 16 machines and 65 employees. According to vice president, Annette Lund, “We’ve grown from a small company of 13 employees with only about $1 million in sales to a company with 55 employees and nearly $7 million in sales. And, we have some loyal customers that have been with us from the very beginning. We’re very proud of these accomplishments.”

Lund says that DPI is known in the industry, “For taking on the tough projects and accepting the small- to medium-size orders. We’re also known as a very high-tolerance, high-quality injection molder.” To explain the meaning of “tolerance,” Lund said, “The normal hair is about .003 of an inch thick. Our product can hold tolerances of +/- .001 of an inch.”

DPI managers and employees are actively involved in the community, volunteering time and/or money to the local Rotary club, North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Memorial Blood Bank, Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP), Adopt-A-Family program during the holidays and numerous food drives. The industry organizations with which DPI is involved include:

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Manufacturers Alliance
  • International Standards Organization (ISO)

“We’re quite proud of how we’ve given back to the community,” says Lund. “It’s been amazing to see how many of our employees will donate to our Adopt-A-Family program, or to the packages for soldiers or the United Way. In fact, one year DPI had such a large increase in United Way contributions over the prior year that we were listed in the newspaper along with major corporations like 3M. I think that’s pretty amazing for a small company.”

The casino night anniversary party “was a huge success,” said Lund. Attendees were given $3,000 each of “funny money” for playing casino games such as blackjack, roulette and craps. They exchanged their winnings for tickets to enter raffle drawings for 21 prizes. “The more tickets you had with your name on them, the more chances you had of winning,” she said. The grand prize raffle, for employees only, was a portable DVD player won by an employee who has been with the company for eight years.

Lund concluded, “We are proud of our longevity and our success. We take on the tough jobs and we’re willing to work with our customers and offer them what they need, when they need it.” She said DPI is poised to continue its growth for years to come.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Founded in 1977, Diversified Plastics, Inc. is a custom injection molder of thermoplastic parts weighing 5 ounces to 41 ounces. DPI specializes in small- to medium-size orders of one to 10,000,000 parts. Many orders require custom design services, and the company provides value-added services such as spin welding, part decorating, automated assembly and sonic welding. The major industries served by DPI include filtration, medical, electronics and automotive.

Small Manufacturer of the Year Award 2004

Minneapolis, MINN–April 8, 20014–Diversified Plastics was named the 2004 Small Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance.  This prestigious award is presented to manufacturers who exhibit an openness to share experiences with their peers, actively pursue change and willingly share this new knowledge.

Within the industry, Diversified Plastics is highly regarded as a company whose leadership firmly believes in giving not only to it’s customers but to its employees and the community at large.  Our educational seminars and presentations, the quarterly newsletters and our employee’s involvement with the community portray this commitment.

The Manufacturers Alliance hosted the award ceremony on April 8, 2004.  The Manufacturers Alliance is an association of approximately 700 members that provides peer-to-peer education and resources for manufacturers.  Their mission is to provide practical and profitable solutions to diverse operating concerns for manufacturers through peer experience, experts, education and networking.