Plastics News welcomes custom rotational molder Trilogy Plastics Inc. to its Best Places to Work ranking this year, coming in at No. 11.
Making the list means Trilogy officials must be doing something right to keep employees happy. President Stephen Osborn says that's very important to him, but it's not an altogether-altruistic goal: “Everybody spends a lot of time at work,” he said. “I don't want them to be miserable — that's not what I want to be at work. Manufacturing is not an easy job, and if I can get everyone to enjoy it, it makes my job much easier.”
Osborn, who's been with Trilogy almost 29 years (“I haven't been able to fire myself”), realizes that keeping the employees happy helps keep customers satisfied, too. The company consistently exceeds 99 percent on-time delivery, Osborn noted.
He admits he had no plastics background when he bought the company. That has changed, however, The Association of Rotational Molders International awarded Osborn its 2005 Charles D. Frederick Distinguished Service Award and he was inducted into the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame in 2012.
“I was a turnaround consultant for Ernst & Ernst and I was looking for something to buy. This was cheap enough,” Osborn said. He and his business partner Bruce Frank, vice president of sales, bought the firm in 1987.
Today, Trilogy has two plants with warehousing in Alliance, Ohio, and one warehouse in Louisville, Ohio. The company serves the industrial, home, medical and automotive markets. Its products include tool cabinets, mail posts, flower pots, strollers, and medical storage and transportation devices. It distributes throughout the Americas, Europe and Japan, and specializes in products that rely on their appearance and tight tolerances.