Lunch and Learn about Carbon at MD&M Minneapolis

A Carbon production partner, Diversified Plastics, Inc. is sponsoring a lunch and learn about Carbon on Thurs., Nov. 1 at 12:45 pm at MD&M Mpls. in room 101H. Register now, space is limited. AdvMfgExpo MDMMinneapolis

MD&M Minneapolis Lunch and Learn about Caron

Roger Vang receives the Steve Lampi Service to the Chamber Award from North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce (NHACC)

Roger Vang Steve Lampi Service to the Chamber Award

Roger Vang, chief financial officer at Diversified Plastics, Inc., was honored with the NHACC’s Steve Lampi Service to the Chamber Award. The award, started in 2011, is named in honor of the late Brooklyn Park, Minn., mayor, Steve Lampi. It is given annually to a NHACC member who has displayed dedication to the chamber’s communities.

The award recognizes chamber and community leaders that serve, without personal gain, in the business, social, cultural or educational advancement of others. Award recipients contribute beyond the level of ordinary chamber membership and have the strength of character to serve as role model and mentor for present and future generations in the chamber and community.

Dedicated to help make the community a better place to live and work, Vang volunteers on several community advisory panels and boards that include six years on the NHACC board of directors. He has served the NHACC as vice chair, chair and immediate past chair. He is a chief source for advice, counsel and courage to help the chamber with its continued growth. A strong supporter of the Manufacturers Consortium, Vang has also been an active member of the NHACC committees for the winter gala and leadership academy events.

“I am honored to receive this award,” says Vang. “Helping area businesses grow and prosper enhances the entire community.” Vang is one of the 15 people selected by U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen to be on the congressman’s small-business task force to discuss pertinent issues. In addition, he served on the Worksite Advisory Council for Hennepin County for three years. A reputable and knowledgeable speaker, Vang has made presentations to the NHACC Leadership Academy as well as the Hennepin County Board about wellness programs. He has also spoken at the Manufacturer’s Alliance on a variety of topics, including employee stock ownership plans, health care costs and financial analysis.

About North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce
NHACC’s mission is to be a leading resource for members, providing programs and services to maximize their potential, while being a driving force to build stronger communities. NHACC leads, advocates and partners with area businesses as well as civic and education communities to build a stronger, more vibrant future.

New Diversified Plastics, Inc. white paper provides insight on avoiding pitfalls when transferring tools to a new vendor

Transfer Tool White PaperDiversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), a custom plastic-injection molder of high-precision thermoplastic components, has released a new white paper titled Avoid Pitfalls: Tool Transfer Protocols. This white paper provides information to minimize risk or impact on production and streamline the process of transferring tools to a new vendor.

Changing plastic injection molding vendors may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including mergers, supplier base consolidations or dissatisfaction with a current supplier. Up-front planning and effective communication are needed to successfully transfer tools to a new vendor.

“Every mold transfer can have challenges,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc.  “This white paper is a roadmap, providing original equipment manufacturers with inside information to help them plan for success.”

The white paper offers recommendations to original equipment manufacturers for assembling a tool transfer team. It also outlines what the new vendor needs to make the process as smooth as possible. The white paper provides tips on what to look for and document at an on-site visit with the current vendor. Additionally, it outlines the typical steps the new supplier will follow, from documenting receipt of the mold and evaluating the parts for manufacturability, to preparation of the first-article inspection report (FAIR).

To download a copy of this white paper, visit, call
+1 763.424.2525 or email

Diversified Plastics, Inc. appoints James Garvin to board of directors

James GarvinMINNEAPOLIS—Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI), a custom plastic-injection molder of high-precision thermoplastic components, has appointed James Garvin to its board of directors. Garvin has an extensive background with 34 years of experience in manufacturing and management. He will provide leadership and strategic guidance and serve as an adviser to DPI’s CEO and executive team.

“We welcome James 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 well-rounded background in management, operations, business development and quality makes him ideally suited to help guide the company.”

Garvin is the president of Cass Precision Machining, a Brooklyn Center, Minn., contract manufacturer. Prior to joining Cass Precision Machining, he was chief operating officer at Hutchinson Manufacturing, Inc. in Hutchinson, Minn. In addition, he held several leadership roles at Hutchinson Technology, Inc. Garvin started his career as a supplier and product quality engineer at Unisys, Midwest Operations Group in Roseville, Minn. He received a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.

For more information about Diversified Plastics, Inc. visit,
call +1 763.424.2525 or email

Avoid Pitfalls: Tool Transfer Protocols

Transfer Tool White PaperWHITE PAPER

Every mold transfer is a challenge. Transferring tools from one plastic injection molding company to a new supplier, with uninterrupted production, requires up-front planning and effective communication for a successful outcome. This white paper provides steps to take when transferring tools.


Kevin Hogan elected to North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors

Kevin G HoganKevin Hogan, CEO of Diversified Plastics, has been elected to serve on the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading resource for its members, providing programs and services to maximize their potential, while utilizing our local relevance as a driving force to build stronger communities. The organization leads, advocates and partners with area businesses, civic and education communities, to build a stronger more vibrant future.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. expands its sales engineer and technical support team

Sales team, left to right: Raymond Schenk, Aliza Alverson, Darrick Van Horne

Left to right: Raymond Schenk, Aliza Alverson, Darrick Van Horne

Committed to exceeding customer needs with responsive support, Diversified Plastics, Inc. has hired three experienced sales engineer and technical support team members. Raymond Schenk has been appointed senior sales engineer, Aliza Alverson is a sales engineer and Darrick Van Horne is technical support and sales engineer.

Schenk has over 24 years of experience in the plastics industry and covers the Western territory for Diversified Plastics. Previously, he served as general manager at Pioneer Plastics, Inc., Egan, Minn. He also held the positions of technical manager at Laurel Biocomposite, LLC, in Laurel, Neb. and vice president sales at Arc Precision, LLC, in Isanti, Minn. In addition, Schenk was the chief operating officer for Agri-Polymerix, LLC, Le Center, Minn.; sales engineer at Donatelle Plastics, Inc., New Brighton, Minn.; and president at Dyna Plast, Inc., Ramsey, Minn. He holds a Business Administration degree from Aurora University, Aurora, Ill.

Responsible for the Midwest – North territory at Diversified Plastics, Alverson was a sales engineer at Sandvik Coromant, headquartered in Sandviken, Sweden. There, she was responsible for current and prospective customer sales of a diverse line of indexable carbide tooling and process solutions to high-technology manufacturers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls.

Assigned to the Midwest – South territory, Van Horne has nearly 15 years of experience in plastic injection molding, CNC machining and 3D printing. He has extensive technical knowledge in all types of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. Most recently, he held the position of applications engineer at Protolabs, Inc., headquartered in Maple Plain, Minn. He also served Protolabs as a technical-capabilities coordinator, principal designer, 3D CAD analyst, mill operator and mold build technician. Van Horne attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

“We are delighted to add these qualified members to our Diversified Plastics team,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc.  “Our growth in the medical device, filtration, aerospace and other industrial markets makes these new roles essential to our continued success.”

Kevin Hogan Panelist at The State of Manufacturing

Kevin G HoganKevin Hogan, CEO of Diversified Plastics, will be a panelist at The State of Manufacturing presentation on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The event includes a briefing of the latest survey of over 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives on the economy and other major issues impacting their businesses. After the survey results are presented, there will be a panel discussion lead by Bob Kill, president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota.

The State of ManufacturingThe event will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Other events are scheduled throughout Minnesota. Visit this link to register.

Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome, #LotsOfSocks

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. To build awareness for down syndrome, the team at DPI is rocking their socks. Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota accepts donations online.  #LotsOfSocks


Diversified Plastics expands capacity with larger, environmentally controlled, molding room

Environmentally controlled, molding room To meet growing demand, Diversified Plastics, Inc. has enlarged its molding and packaging, environmentally controlled, room by 2,775 square feet (257.81 square meters). The company has also installed a new 250-ton molding machine that accommodates existing molds and increases capacity and flexibility in scheduling. In addition to this controlled environment, Diversified Plastics has two clean rooms and an environmentally controlled assembly room.

“Many of our customers are in the medical device, aerospace and electronics industries,” says Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “This larger, environmentally controlled molding and packaging area, along with the additional molding machine, increases productivity to meet growing demand from current and new customers.”

Less stringent than a clean room, controlled environments are pressurized, isolated manufacturing spaces with positive airflow as well as temperature and humidity controls. The plastic resin is located outside the room and is piped into the press, keeping dust under control. Employees wear gowns, sterilized shoes and, when required, gloves. Special mats on the floor reduce dirt coming into the room.