Having taken care of the big things, custom injection molder Trademark Plastics Inc. is ready to focus on smaller, but essential, matters such as training.
We are reaching new heights and find ourselves determined to focus on the small and simple things, said Bryan Graves, corporate controller of the Riverside, Calif.-based company.
All 185 Trademark employees are taking courses from Paulson Training Programs Inc. of Chester, Conn. Trademark also works closely with process engineering and training firm RJG Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., and has two certified RJG master molders II on staff, Graves said in an email.
We have implemented other training for each employee as we develop them as professionals, Graves said. We are actively tracking their personal progress and providing growth and development for each of them. We are testing, mentoring and coaching them to success.
Trademark's operations are housed in its 100,000-square-foot building on 5.5 acres. Medical-device components accounted for about 80 percent of Trademark's 2010 business. The company has a general clean room, a Class 10,000 and a Class 100,000.
The privately held company does not disclose sales.
Its 43 injection molding machines 16 electric and 27 hydraulic have clamping forces of 7-500 tons. There are 14 presses in the Class 10,000 room and 12 in the Class 100,000. Both of those rooms have assembly capabilities.
The woman-owned company (see sidebar) conducted a Feb. 10 plant tour with the help of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors.
We have benefited from our association with organizations like MAPP, Graves noted.
Trademark learned about MAPP last year and participated in the association's Oct. 21-22 conference.
What was so amazing about the experience was the community we found, he said. MAPP and all of our other professional organizations help Trademark to have clarity as we make smart business decisions.
Indianapolis-based MAPP was established in 1997 as a non-profit, grass-roots trade association and has 248 member companies from 28 states.
I was impressed that a plastics processor would open its doors for local competition as well as national companies, said MAPP President Matt Hlavin, who also is CEO and president of injection molder Thogus Products Cos. in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Trademark offers a unique range of medical clean room capabilities with literally three plants in one, said MAPP Vice President Kelly Goodsel. That allows a medical customer to [fill] differing requirements from one source. Goodsel is president and CEO of Corry, Pa.-based Viking Plastics Inc., an automotive injection molder.
Tom Boyd, president of Blow Molded Specialties in Pawtucket, R.I., called Trademark a class act because of its training and people-focused leadership creating an ownership mentality.
In another tour, Trademark invited members of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Southern California chapter for an inside look Jan. 20.