Toner Plastics Group has been in growth mode for nearly 30 years. That's included multiple acquisitions plus organic growth in a wide variety of interesting end markets.
Most recently, that's even included helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Jack Warren said all of the East Longmeadow, Mass.-based company's factories are currently operating as usual. Companies within the group make components that are in critical demand for medical, Department of Defense and personal protection equipment customers.
In fact, Toner has stepped up production of extruded flexible strapping made of a thermoplastic elastomer material that's used on face masks.
"We recently started getting more interest in that product. Companies were having supply chain problems in China because of the coronavirus," Warren said. "We're making everything we can at the moment."
Warren said the company recently doubled production capacity for the strapping, running 24 hours, six days a week to keep up with demand.
Toner Plastics was founded in November 1989 as a custom profile extruder. The husband-and-wife team of Steven and Jean Graham founded the company. Steven Graham, now the CEO, formerly worked at Monsanto Co. in Springfield, Mass.
It started with one extrusion line making PVC products. Today the extrusion business makes a variety of custom profiles including filament for 3D printers, plus products for medical, industrial, point of purchase, crafts and wire and cable customers.
"Our motto has always been, 'We're a customer service company that happens to be in the plastics manufacturing business,' and we feel that's one of the main reasons we've been able to have the sustained success that we have," Warren said.