Team 1 puts a premium on safety and communication

By Jeannie Reall
Correspondent

Published: March 19, 2014 1:26 pm ET
Updated: March 20, 2014 4:13 pm ET

Image By: Plastics News photo by The Gallery Studios Gary Grigowski, co-owner of injection molder Team 1 Plastics Inc., accepts his company's Best Places to Work award as Plastics News publisher Brennan Lafferty looks on.

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Injection Molding, Best Places To Work

Craig Carrel, president of Team 1 Plastics Inc., says that safety and good communications are keys to maintaining a satisfied staff — and that his company places a premium on both.

Team 1 recently reached 4,800 days — more than 13 years — with no lost-time accidents. That kind of record requires a true team effort, he noted.

“And that’s a clear sign to them that we value them enough to create a safe environment,” Carrel said.

Building confidence is also a critical factor in developing solid staff relations, he said. Team 1 creates that kind of environment by disclosing its financial figures to employees.

“We share our most confidential information with everyone on our team, which fosters trust. That kind of trust and communication is the foundation of a good relationship,” he said.

The company, which ranked No. 7 on the Plastics News Best Places to Work list, conducts an employee satisfaction survey every year.

Among other benefits, Team 1 offers mentoring and formal leadership training and provides some tuition reimbursement for advanced or post-graduate degree studies. It pays 100 percent of the premiums on a high-deductible health insurance and prescription plan for full-time employees and their dependents.

Employees can get paid time off for volunteer and community service activities. The company supports its local libraries, a “Reading with Dogs” program and the Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum in Albion.

Carrel owns the automotive injection molder with partner Gary Grigowski, who is vice president. The company opened in 1987 and has seen some difficult times, especially while weathering the Great Recession and the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and their effect on Team 1’s transplant-automaker customers.

“But we’ve been steadily growing since the dark days of the recession,” Carrel said recently by phone. “We still have growth opportunities ahead of us.”

The Albion, Mich.-based company has become highly automated, but also added six full-time positions last year, bringing the staff total to around 75.

“We were also able to add three new customers, and we’re hoping to add one or two more in the next year or two,” he said.


Comments

Team 1 puts a premium on safety and communication

By Jeannie Reall
Correspondent

Published: March 19, 2014 1:26 pm ET
Updated: March 20, 2014 4:13 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Jarden hiring for new plastics plant

December 19, 2014 1:45 pm ET

Consumer products conglomerate Jarden Corp. is hiring plastics technicians for a new operation in Erlanger, Ky.    More

Image

The return of HPM's big presses

December 19, 2014 11:47 am ET

HPM is back in big injection molding machines.    More

Image

Sabic: Rapid demand growth led to Ultem shortage

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm ET

Sabic Innovative Plastics has been increasing production capacity for its Ultem polyetherimide but it still got caught short by increasing demand for ...    More

Auto supplier M-Tek relocating headquarters

December 18, 2014 3:37 pm ET

M-Tek Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese automotive supplier Kasai Kogyo Co. Ltd., will build a new North American corporate headquarters in Murfreesboro,...    More

Image

Indian auto parts maker set to buy assets in Germany, Mexico

December 18, 2014 10:35 am ET

Indian auto parts maker Samvardhana Motherson Gropup is buying the assets of insolvent German plastics car parts producer Scherer & Trier (S&T).    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

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

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