Bemis has been with Bemis Manufacturing Co. for 31 years and is the president of the contract group. As a 50-percent owner of the third-generation, family-owned company, he is also corporate vice president and secretary.
Bemis Manufacturing, headquartered in Sheboygan Falls Wis., celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. It is a manufacturer of compression molded, injection molded and extruded products, many of which are branded under the Bemis name. The company sells the Bemis-branded products through retail and wholesale outlets. Custom molded and extruded products are produced by the contract group and sold to original equipment manufacturers.
In his position as president of the contract group, Bemis is responsible for developing new technology and new business opportunities that will generate strategic growth. He holds many patents for new technology developments. The company has a reputation for investing heavily in new technology.
Bemis has always practiced a very non-traditional management style in his business. His management philosophy has been benchmarked by other companies in and outside of the plastics industry. The core philosophies of honesty, integrity and continuous improvement are deeply embedded in the organization's culture. These philosophies are as much a necessity to maintain a competitive advantage, as the applied technology, according to Bemis.
Bemis Manufacturing ranked 38th in sales among North American injection molders in the most recent Plastics News ranking. Global corporate sales were estimated at $200 million and injection molding parts sales were estimated at $150 million. The company, which started injection molding toilet seats in the 1960s, has seven plants and an estimated 150 injection molding machines in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy and England. It is believed to be the largest U.S. coinjection custom molder, having implemented the process in 1993 after helping Milacron Inc. develop an early coinjection molding machine.
The company started extruding products in 1971 and is known as a leader in multilayer extrusion.
Bemis is active in the plastics industry nationally as well as the local community. He is on the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s processors' council and its Midwest Region board. He has been active in the SPI International Trade Advisory Committee as well. Bemis is currently chairman of the National Board of Governors for the National Plastics Center & Museum in Leominster, Mass.
The Sheboygan County, Wis., native graduated from Carroll College in 1969, majoring in business administration and economics, with a minor in philosophy.
Bemis Manufacturing's Web site is www.bemismfg.com.