Charlton, Mass. — Staffers at MTD Micro Molding boast that they spend every day working on projects that no other molder can make.
"A good project [for MTD] has to have some level of impossibility, or the customer is struggling with the geometry or the material or the process. And that's the perfect fit for MTD," said Gary Hulecki, executive vice president of the Charlton-based company.
T-shirts and coffee mugs boast that MTD does "very little work." That's a play on its specialty: designing parts, making tools and molding parts so small that it can make 520 from a single resin pellet. Not all parts are microsized, but all have difficult-to-mold tiny features, like a 0.002-inch hole or a 0.004-inch wall thickness.
MTD is accustomed to winning awards from Plastics News. The company has twice before been a finalist for Processor of the Year, and it won the PN Excellence Award for employee relations in 2017. The company also has twice been named to PN's Best Places to Work list.
Now, the company can add something new to its list of accomplishments: 2018 Plastics News Processor of the Year.
MTD was selected as the winner prior to the unexpected death of Dennis Tully, the company's owner and president, on Feb. 28. He was 58 years old.
MTD also has two mottos: "Be the First" and "Ever Forward." Tully referenced them frequently when he talked about the 47-year-old company's resume during a Feb. 13 visit to the company. He liked to be on the cutting edge of technology, and MTD touts itself as the only molding company solely dedicated to micro and medical, with a unique specialty in bioabsorbable microinjection molding.
MTD invested in new equipment to stay on the cutting edge in 2018, adding a first-in-North-America Mitsubishi MX600 wire EDM capable of using wire smaller than 50 microns in diameter in tool building. Other new equipment included a Sarix EDM milling machine for ultraprecise part geometry and surface finish for micromolded parts, two more Sodick molding presses, gas chromatography testing equipment and a six-axis robot for a molding cell.