Team 1 Plastics Inc. is batting a thousand. The automotive injection molder is 3 for 3, earning a position on Plastics News' Best Places to Work roster each year since 2014. This year the firm comes in at No. 15.
It is celebrating that achievement and gave employees keychains made of leather — leather being the traditional gift for third anniversaries.
“In a competitive market, it's all about having a great team, and this [award] validates that,” President Craig Carrel said Feb. 17 by phone.
Another milestone came recently when the company celebrated reaching 5,500 days — 15 years — without a lost-time safety accident.
The Albion, Mich.-based processor is working on a 3,500-square-foot expansion of its fully automated, 24/7 plant. The addition will bring total space there to 48,500 square feet. Carrel said Team 1 added three presses recently and the building will be able to accommodate four or five more.
The 28-year-old company is 100 percent automotive and plans to remain so. Market forecasts are strong for at least the next couple of years, he said.
“We've looked at diversification, but we feel pretty comfortable,” Carrel said, adding that the company serves Tier 1 customers and OEMs. No one company is more than 25 percent of its business.
“The business is so automated, we need customers with a certain volume” and automotive supplies that.