DeKALB is kicking off our annual United Way campaign. Our goal for this year is $14,500, which shouldn’t be a problem since last year we exceed our goal by $4000!! This is a big event that typically results in 100% employee participation. We have games and weekly fund raisers throughout the campaign to help raise money and then wrap it up with a lunch to celebrate our success. This is a great opportunity for our employees to have fun while supporting our community.
The DeKALB team is looking forward to attending the 2013 MAPP Benchmarking Conference. Meet two of our newer employees who will be attending the conference for the first time by watching this video. We are excited to see our friends and colleagues next week!
The summer issue of Manufacturing Today highlights DeKALB Molded Plastics’ commitment to strategy and investments which support not only the manufacturing process but also employees.
An excerpt of the article:
Founded in 1979, DeKalb Molded Plastics has spent more than 34 years building its reputation in the structural foam industry. A custom structural foam molder, DeKalb specializes in structural foam injection molding and gas assist molding, and large, multi-nozzle plastic products.
DeKalb was one of the first ISO 9002-certified structural plastics molders in the United States. Among the company’s services are in-house post mold painting; plastic decorating capabilities; kitting and assembly requirements for programs for single standalone products; or complex, multicomponent, multi-operation programs.
Butler, IN – Structural foam molder, DeKALB Molded Plastics was recognized as the 2012 Processor of the Year finalist at the annual PlasticsNews Executive forum on March 6, 2013. DeKALB was nominated for this prestigious award by suppliers Kibbechem, FGL Precision Works, Plastic Solutions; customer Trinity and CPA Baden, Gage and Schroeder. The criteria process includes a comprehensive view in seven categories: financial performance, quality, customer relations, employee relations, environmental performance, industry/public service and technological innovation.
DeKALB was honored with a second award, the PlasticsNews Excellence Award for Employee Relations. The positive attributes at DeKALB Molded Plastics not only recognize excellent cash and inventory management but a strong commitment to the employees. President, Rick Walters supports the successful wellness program promoted by Human Resource Manager, Kassy Davis. In addition, Walters honors each employee on their anniversary by sharing a breakfast, lunch or dinner. A tremendous advocate to the community, each employee participates in a charitable activity that represents their passion whether it’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, DeKALB Humane Society, or local schools to encourage manufacturing.
DeKALB is a premier molder of large structural foam parts, employing 130 people at its 80,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Butler, IN. The main market focus for the company is medical cabinetry, specialty material handling, safety products and lawn & garden.
AKRON, OHIO (Jan. 7, 4:20 p.m. ET) — Three custom molders — injection molders Hoffer Plastics Corp. and Rodon Group LLC and DeKalb Molded Plastics Co., which does both structural foam and injection — are the finalists for Plastics News’ Processor of the Year Award.
A team of judges from the PN editorial department in Akron picked the finalists.
Indianapolis, IN – DeKALB Molded Plastics of Butler, IN was one of forty-three companies from around the state to be honored at the fourth annual Indiana Companies to Watch. President, Rick Walters received the award at the celebration banquet held on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
The award highlights second-stage companies (defined as companies that have grown past the startup stage but have not grown to maturity) and their contributions to creating a stable US economy. The focus not only signifies steady growth, but job creation and innovation. DeKALB employed 55 teammates in 2010 and 91 is expected by the end of 2011. The application process is rigorous, including a holistic balance of employee culture, community involvement and commitment to technology in addition to stable revenues. DeKALB recently was recognized as the 2010 PlasticsNews Excellence Award winner for similar features.
Companies to Watch is intended to seek out businesses from a wide range of industries representing all regions of the state. DeKALB Molded Plastics was one of nine manufacturers, however the only manufacturer of plastics, more specifically structural foam injection molding. Additional business categories include information technology, educational services, healthcare, etc. Awardees are selected by a panel of judges summoned by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Purdue University and the Edward Lowe Foundation.
DeKALB Molded Plastics acknowledges the devotion to lean continuous improvements in the development of a strategic plan that has driven the company through the recession and for the years to come as well as marketing efforts that establish DeKALB as a unique structural foam manufacturer.
AUBURN — Two companies from DeKalb County will be honored among 43 outstanding businesses in Indiana’s fourth annual list of “Companies to Watch.”
The local companies are DeKalb Molded Plastics in Butler and Team Quality Services of Auburn.
“These ‘Companies to Watch’ are among the firms fostering Indiana’s economic growth,” said Mitch Roob, secretary of commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. “This group deserves our congratulations and our thanks for helping to make Indiana a great state for business.”
DeKalb Molded Plastics, an injection molder of medium and large structural foam products, makes products for clients in the medical, logistics, warehousing and construction safety markets. Founded in 1979, it employs more than 70 people and recently announced plans to expand, creating up to 20 new jobs by 2014.
As a custom molder, “You bring us your idea and your tool, and we’ll produce your product for you,” company president Rick Walters said in a recent interview.
AKRON, OHIO (March 15, 1:20 p.m. ET) — Plastics News has named three winners of the first PN Excellence Awards — DeKalb Molded Plastics Co., Pelican Products Inc. and Steinwall Inc.
DeKalb Molded Plastics, a structural foam molder in Butler, Ind., won in the category of customer relations.
Customers said DeKalb employees go to great lengths to satisfy their needs, quickly returning calls, meeting delivery deadlines and providing engineering expertise. Employee teams focus on process improvements and continuous improvement, resulting in several new customers.
An example came in mid-2009, when one customer needed parts fast, but the tool wasn’t even finished. DeKalb engineers made sure the tool was production-ready once it arrived in Butler. Employees stepped up to work beyond their normal shifts and on weekends. As production continued, the customer added new products and processes.
Customers praise DeKalb as a competent molder that communicates well. “DeKalb puts the customer first. Whenever there’s an issue, they resolve it quickly. They inform the customer where they’re at on all orders,” said an official with one customer.
November 9, 2010 DeKALB Molded Plastics attended The Indiana Chamber Annual Awards Luncheon where they were honored as a finalist for the IN Small Business of the Year Award.
This annual award is given to a Hoosier company that demonstrates best practices in business sustainability and growth, commitment to employees and a track record of community involvement. The award is only eligible to companies with fewer than 250 employees.
Unpronounced to us, four companies were included in the “Semi-finalist” category. DeKALB being honored as a finalist for the first year of submission is a wonderful accomplishment.
It is my pleasure to announce that Ken Cady joined our company on July 26, 2010 as Operations Manager. Ken is directly responsible for overseeing all areas of production, materials, quality and engineering at DeKALB Molded Plastics. He brings with him over 20 years of progressive management and leadership experience in the manufacturing environment and has been in the Operations Manager role for the past 12 years. He is also Six Sigma Black Belt (DMAIC) and Lean Manufacturing (TPS) certified.
Ken attended East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He was a military officer in the United States Army for 11 years.