Diversified Plastics Featured in Built in Brooklyn Park Video

Diversified Plastics, Inc. featured in video for new ad campaign called, “Built in Brooklyn Park”. The campaign will focus on manufacturing and products made in Brooklyn Park. Its intent is to encourage economic growth in the area.

Parts Manufactured by Diversified Plastics, Inc. Get Closer to Jupiter’s Giant Storm

Juno SpacecraftComponents manufactured by Diversified Plastics, Inc. are contained in an instrument on the Juno Spacecraft that is orbiting Jupiter. This spacecraft and its instruments are the closest human-built objects to travel past the biggest storm in our solar system, known as the Great Red Spot.

NASA recently posted the closest images that have ever been taken of the Great Red Spot. Captured from the Juno Spacecraft, these images are allowing scientists to learn more about the gigantic storm with winds peaking around 400 mph. The Great Red Spot is double the width of Earth. A detailed study using Juno’s other instruments will be conducted to gather more information about the storm.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt

The Jovian Auroral Distribution Experiment (JADE) instrument is one of the instruments that the spacecraft is carrying. JADE contains three parts manufactured by 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. Learn more about the parts that Diversified Plastics manufactured for JADE.


Mike Bartell’s 150-Mile Bike MS Cycling Journey in Inclement Weather

Bartell Bike MS Cycling Journey Benefiting the National MS Society, Bike MS is a two-day, 150-mile cycling journey. Mike Bartell, his neighbor and neighbor’s son were among the more than 3,000 cyclists that rode from Duluth to the Twin Cities on June 10th and 11th.

“This is my fourth Bike MS ride. Training for the event is critical,” explains Mike. “I started in the spring – first biking 10 miles, and increasing the rides to 30 miles. Ideally, on weekends a person training for this event will cycle 40 or 50 miles. Unfortunately, weather didn’t cooperate and I only finished one 38-mile training ride. The last route started in Maple Grove, went around the lakes, and back to Maple Grove. This year I got in 280 miles of training. In previous years, I completed nearly 450 miles or more of training.”

Initially, Mike participated in Bike MS for the adventure. He also knows several people, including a very close friend, that have MS. He raised over three-hundred dollars prior to Bike MS 2017.

The adventure began with a shuttle to Proctor, Minnesota, near Duluth, on Friday June 9th. Once in Proctor, participants settled in for the night. Some cyclists booked hotel rooms well in advance. Others camped or stayed in the gymnasium at the local high school. Mike and his team opted for the gym, where many slept on a hard floor in sleeping bags surrounded by loud snoring cyclists. After an insufficient night of rest, the group was shuttled to the starting line.

Weather conditions on Saturday started out cool. As it became warmer, the headwinds increased. Participants stopped every 10 to 15 miles for a rest, food, refreshments and to replenish their water bottles. There were five or six rest stops on each day.

When Mike and his friends rode into Hinckley, temperatures had climbed to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. And the winds increased to approximately 20 miles per hour with significantly higher gusts. Team Bartell, set up tents in Hinckley near the Casino. While food was provided in the camping area, Mike, his neighbor and neighbor’s son went into the casino for some welcome air conditioning and a hearty meal.

Sunday started out cool and the wind had died down overnight. However, the radar showed storms developing over the Bike MS route. At the second rest stop, it began to rain. Mike and his group put on rain gear and continued the ride. The cyclists were greeted in Rush City by a patrolman that directed participants up the street to a church basement, where they waited out the storm. Just as the group started for the church a big wall cloud formed, the lightning began, and the rain and wind increased.

Some of the cyclists were exposed to the downpour and pea-sized hail before they reached Rush City. Participants that hadn’t left the rest stop in Pine City were told that the remainder of the race was canceled and were bused home. Mike and his team remained in the basement shelter for an hour and a half. After the storm cleared, they were notified that transportation was available for those that wanted to leave. Cyclists that wanted to finish the ride were told to proceed with caution because of downed trees and debris from the storm.

“A lot of people quit,” says Mike. “About 60 percent decided to head home. It was very windy and cold. We decided to not give up and kept going. We were met with strong shifting wind that eventually moved to the south making for a powerful headwind.”

Mike and his group finished on Sunday at approximately 3:40 pm. While he plans to ride in Bike MS again, Mike is not going to participate next year. When he wears the t-shirt from the event, several people that have or know someone with MS stop and thank him for participating.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. finalist, Best in Class – Mid-size for the Minnesota Business Manufacturing Awards

Diversified Plastics, Inc. has been named as a finalist in the Best in Class – Mid-size category for the 2017 Minnesota Business Manufacturing Awards. Winners in each category will be announced at the awards gala to be held on Sept. 28, 2017.

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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.