It's a new dawn, it's a new day ... and Minnesota Rubber and Plastics is feeling good about its recently completed, $6 million Innovation Center.
The 8,500-square-foot space is dedicated to designing, prototyping, testing and building tight threshold and complex geometry components for the medical industry, mainly using custom black rubber and silicone.
The unique center — "more than an official square footage or a facility for tours," according to MRP CEO Jay Ward — is intended to foster design collaboration between customers and MRP's material scientists and engineers, accelerate innovation and bring products to market more quickly.
"A couple years ago, the MRP team asked itself, 'What do we need to do to sustain double-digit growth?' " Ward said May 26 during a grand opening and virtual tour of the facility. "We sought our answer in the market itself. We spoke to our Fortune 500 customers, market experts ... we even talked to our competitors.
"What was confirmed for us is that our customers want a collaborative partnership that can help bring their products to market faster."