Medical molder Teel Plastics LLC has been named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year, recognizing its response to demand for products needed to fight COVID-19 and its ability to grow through the pandemic.
Baraboo, Wis.-based Teel won in the large business category, following up on its selection as the small business Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in 2015.
Teel, an injection molder and extruder, opened a new plant in February 2021 while expanding capacity to make nasopharyngeal swabs used in COVID test kits. (Teel also won the Plastics News Excellence Award in Customer Service for 2021.)
Jerry Pritchett, Teel's CEO, thanked employees and highlighted some of the challenges the team was able to overcome, including supply chain issues and rising costs.
"Our people worked hard through the pandemic and took on incredible challenges for customers," Pritchett added.