Customer relations efforts make DLH a winner

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: March 4, 2014 1:10 pm ET
Updated: March 4, 2014 1:20 pm ET

Image By: Bill Bregar Linda Beebe, a 29-year DLH veteran, assembles tubing at the company's Canton, Ohio, headquarters facility.

Related to this story

Topics Awards, Processor of the Year, Automotive, Extrusion, Injection Molding

Plastics News has selected DLH Industries Inc. as the winner of one of its PN Excellence Awards, presented Feb. 25 during the newspaper's Executive Forum in Tampa, Fla.

DLH, an automotive supplier based in Canton, Ohio, that does injection molding and extrusion, won the award for customer relations.

The judges, who are Plastics News reporters and editors, evaluated PN Excellence Award candidates on those three criteria — customer relations, employee relations and industry and public service — which are three of the seven used to determine the overall Processor of the Year Award.

Other awards went to Protoplast Inc. and 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics Ltd. while Tech Molded Plastics Inc. of Meadville, Pa., was named Processor of the Year.

DLH has won a General Motors Co.'s Global Supplier of the Year award for six straight years. The award covers all aspects of the business, since GM's engineering, purchasing and quality groups must unanimously support a winner.

A GM supplier quality engineer told the judges he sleeps well at night when DLH gets one of his jobs. He said rock-solid manufacturing and quality systems have helped the company evolve into a very consistent supplier.

Over the years, DLH has grown from its status mainly as a supplier of windshield washer assemblies and sunroof drain tubes to more complex, assembled products like an actuation system for turbochargers and vacuum brake-assist assemblies.

Taking a vertically integrated approach ensures quality and a faster product development cycle — two key demands for automotive. DLH makes its own molds and dies for its extrusion and injection molding operations. The company has invested big money in automated processes such as tube forming. It uses its own in-house-built assembly process to ensure parts are assembled correctly every time while its use of vision systems — along with a skilled, veteran work force — keep quality levels high. DLH continuously monitors its extrusion lines since tubing must be perfect so it matches fittings that the company also injection molds.

The GM quality engineer said the systems make it nearly impossible for DLH to make a bad part.


Comments

Customer relations efforts make DLH a winner

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: March 4, 2014 1:10 pm ET
Updated: March 4, 2014 1:20 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Auto supplier receiving grant to help expansion

October 30, 2014 3:35 pm ET

Summit Polymers is receiving an $800,000 performance based grant to help with a $7.3 million expansion of three of its Michigan facilities.    More

Image

Magna opens new exterior facility, plans for lighting investment

October 30, 2014 1:36 pm ET

Canadian automotive supplier Magna International Inc. on Oct. 28 opened a new injection molding and robotic paint line facility in Delta Township,...    More

Image

Finalists named for 2014 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards

October 30, 2014 11:00 am ET

The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division has selected finalists for its 2014 Automotive Innovation Awards competition. Category winners...    More

Image

Xten may shut down, working on sale to Commercial Plastics

October 29, 2014 5:49 pm ET

Xten Industries LLC is working on a sale to Commercial Plastics Co. of Mundelein, Ill. Xten, an injection molder based in Kenosha, Wis., filed a...    More

Image

Detroit Manufacturing Systems to hire 200 for F-150 production

October 29, 2014 10:40 am ET

Interior trim supplier Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to hire 200 assembly workers by January to support production growth of Ford Motor Co.'...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events