Elk Grove Village, Ill. — Mike Walter sleeps just fine. But it's because he's so busy.
"Typically I sleep like a baby, just because I'm too exhausted. You work so hard that you're exhausted when you get home," he said.
Walter is president of Met2Plastic LLC, an injection molder and composites processor in Elk Grove Village.
He's busy because business is good, and also because the company has undergone changes since it was purchased by Dedienne Multiplasturgy Group in 2016.
"It's happy exhaustion. We've had some pretty good, pretty steady growth over the last several years. And so with that growth, you know, it's a challenge and it doesn't make for eight-hour days," he said.
He's not doing it alone, of course, and that's another reason he sleeps like a baby.
"We've been working on putting in place the right people," he said. "Over the past few years, we've added a few engineers to our staff. We've restructured our production team. We've recently added a controller.
"Getting the right team in place has been probably one of the toughest things to do. But it's also really helped us with our growth," he said.
The company was founded in Chicago in 1970 as Met Prototype Molding. Walter's father and uncle were two of the three founders.
"They bought their first two Bridgeport machines from the McDonald's Corp. I don't know McDonald's had Bridgeports, but they did," Walter said. "We also had a couple of molding machines."