Tri-Tech Plastics L.P., in a strategic partnership arrangement with an original equipment manufacturer, recently moved its operations from Macedonia, Ohio, to a plant it shares with that customer in Streetsboro, Ohio. Tri-Tech operates its custom injection molding plant in 60,000 square feet of a 150,000-square-foot building it shares with Mondial Industries Ltd., a manufacturer and marketer of the Diaper Genie, a disposable diaper disposal system.
John Hall, president of Mondial, said ``we're not and don't want to be injection molders,'' which led the company to search for a partner to produce the plastic components for the Diaper Genie.
``We looked around to find the right kind of partner that understood high-volume manufacturing, high standards in quality control and low-cost manufacturing techniques,'' Hall said.
Originally formed as a company in Wisconsin during the last quarter of 1992, Mondial moved its operations to Ohio, and began shipping products in April 1993.
Tri-Tech, a 21/2 year-old firm formed to make Mondial's parts, molds all the components for the Diaper Genie including the housing for the refill. A used disposable diaper is inserted into the top of the Diaper Genie, which contains a continuous plastic bag. The Genie twists the bag around the diaper and stores it in the container's bottom. All the diapers are wrapped individually within the bag in a sausage-like configuration ready for disposal.
Although established primarily as an ``outsourced manufacturer'' for Mondial, the company also does custom molding for other customers, Tri-Tech President Joe Hurosky said.
Hall said Mondial encouraged Tri-Tech to look for additional customers.
``We think a healthy relationship is one where they're not totally beholden to us,'' he said. ``But, at the same time we wanted them to look for business that is compatible to ours in high-volume parts using world-class manufacturing techniques, and they've been successful at that.''
The space is large enough to house 30 presses. Currently, Tri-Tech operates 14 new Van Dorn Demag injection presses with clamping forces of 85-650 tons, and specializes in high-production consumer products.
Tri-Tech operates two other facilities, a 12-press molding facility in Eastlake, Ohio, which specializes in engineered products, and a 15-person mold design and manufacturing shop in Willough-by, Ohio. The company operates the mold-making plant separately.
Hurosky said the firm last year had $16 million in sales.
In addition to Hurosky and Rothman, Tri-Tech has two other partners. Art Heuser serves as vice president of engineering, and James Nevins is vice president of manufacturing. Besides consumer products, Tri-Tech serves the automotive and medical industries and employs 145 people companywide.