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Avian Allies at Intertech Plastics

20150802_133116_resizedHere at Intertech, we are committed to upholding quality solutions and products for clients and community members alike.
From management to production, all employees see the importance of providing help where it is needed in a sustainable way. This past Sunday, four fantastic faculty truly “walked the walk.” Shift coordinator, Darko Valle,
received a call from Jeffrey Tabares (a staff member here at Intertech) regarding fowl activity in our parking lot. Two local hawks that we normally appreciate from afar were found seriously injured.

20150802_133731_resizedDarko came to the rescue with not only the help of Jeffrey Tabares, but two other employees, Jeff Titus and Tim Funk, as well. The four were able to safely get the two birds to the Birds of Prey Foundation all the way out in Broomfield. Darko has taken injured raptors here
 before and he knew they could help. One hawk had an infected lesion on its claw, the other was dehydrated and had parasites in it’s throat from eating bad prey. If it wasn’t for the caring efforts of these four employees and the help of the Birds of Prey foundation, these two majestic creatures might not have made it; however, now they will be healed and rehabilitated in time to migrate south all the way to Argentina! On top of this rescue, Darko made a small donation on behalf of Intertech Plastics. Way to go above and beyond gentlemen, and safe travels to our new avian allies.

brids of prey

For more information on the Birds of Prey foundation, click on the icon above.

 

 

LEARNING ABOUT OURSELVES, FROM OTHERS

Business, by nature, is competitive. Often we are so competitive we won’t take the opportunity to learn from each other. Regardless of your business, but particularly in manufacturing, most of the tools used to get the job done are the same from company to company. It’s not what gets the job done that matters, it’s who gets the job done, MAPP_logoso why not invite other businesses over; why not learn from someone who has had the same problems. Fortunately, Intertech was able to overcome that stigma. Last week we had the great fortune of hosting 30 members of the Manufacturing Association of Plastics Processors (MAPP) for a tour. This was not just any tour but rather a two-way learning experience. Plastics processors from across the country came to Intertech Plastics to learn about how we align strategic planning from the top down, use visual management tools to understand and improve our Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), and work with our community, not just to do good, but to build our talent pipeline.

Admittedly, we were a bit nervous and intimidated by some of the larger manufacturers in the East so we spent a good week scrubbing the plant clean before their arrival. The reality is, we really didn’t need to clean more than we do already. We worried about cleaning the carpets in the office, washing the windows outside, repainting the lines on the floor, and other light cosmetic improvements. What we found out during our tour was that our cleanliness was at the bottom of the list of things that were impressive. Instead, our strategic management, our lean efforts (and successes), our workforce development, and most importantly our corporate culture and leadership are what impressed our guests.

Noel presents Intertech's workforce development initiatives to 30 members of MAPP.

Noel presents Intertech’s workforce development initiatives to 30 members of MAPP.

This is not to say we were perfect. The purpose of the tour is not just to show off, but rather to teach and learn. Visitors were broken off into 5 groups and then given a red card and a green card.   On the green card they wrote about all the great things mentioned previously and on the red card they wrote suggestions of what we can do better. That second part was especially helpful, and is why it’s so important to get past the competitiveness and learn from each other. Continuous improvement is one of the core values at Intertech and this was an excellent exercise to support our efforts. It’s hard to see where we can improve without some external input, which is why are a part of such a great organization like MAPP who facilitated the experience. We have already started to implement some of their suggestions and know we will be an even better manufacturer because of their outside perspective. Despite all of the helpful suggestions, perhaps the most valuable benefit to come out of the tour was the self-realization that we have a great team and are a great manufacturer. I heard one co-worker say, “You know what? I’m proud of us.” That pride in what we do is what makes us stand out, and I’m sure our customers agree.

Helping to fill the skills gap in America

There are 600,000 job vacancies in the American manufacturing industry that are not being filled due to a lack of skilled workers. Learn more about how Intertech Plastics and other processors are helping to fill the skills gap in America by reading this article and blog on Plastics Technology:

http://www.ptonline.com/blog/post/do-todays-engineers-know-plastics

http://www.ptonline.com/articles/what-processors-are-doing-to-bridge-the-skills-gap

Interview in Company Week

Many companies have struggled with the threats of the past decade or so like the recession, outsourcing, skills-gaps, and technology upgrades. This interview in Company Week depicts how Intertech Plastics fought through the struggles and came out on top. http://companyweek.com/company-profile/intertech-plastics

Made In America

Re-shoring projects from Asia has helped grow Intertech Plastics, the economy, and the community. Read this inspiring story about what it means to be Made In America by Plastics Business. http://www.plasticsbusinessmag.com/stories/090313/intertech-plastics.shtml#.VHi6uDHF-ao

The Medical Manufacturing Industry is Booming

The medical manufacturing industry is booming and Intertech Plastics wants in. To hear more about Intertech’s acquisition of Image Molding and the creating of Intertech Medical, read this article from the Denver Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2013/07/17/intertech-plastics-buys-image-molding.html

Intertech Plastics’ growth by bringing projects home from Asia

Rising labor costs in Asia, expensive freight, and long lead times are causing supply chain managers to re-think manufacturing overseas. Plastics News has a great article that talks about Intertech Plastics’ growth by bringing projects home from Asia. http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20120201/NEWS/302019942/re-shoring-fuels-growth-at-colorado-molder-intertech-plastics

Intertech’s Recession Survival

The recession was devastating to many American manufacturing companies. Here’s a story about Intertech’s survival that you should read: http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/a-recession-success-story1

Joann Castanon – Recent Intern at Intertech Plastics

Joann Castanon with Intertech Team at High Tech Early College Joann presenting about his internship with Intertech Plastics: From Left: Randy Zwingler (Senior Designer), Derek Baldwin (Web & Marketing), Trino Castanon (Joann’s Father), Joann Castanon (Intern), Darrel Lawrence (Human Resources)

 

Joann Castanon, a student at High Tech Early College, recently graduated from one of our internship programs. High Tech Early College is a unique school “centered on a process of applied rigorous learning and intense connections with industry professionals in Business, Information Technology and Design fields,” who Intertech Plastics is proud to partner with.

At Intertech Plastics we take pride in supporting our community and getting youth involved in manufacturing and business in general. Joann’s experience at Intertech was rewarding for both Joann and Intertech Plastics; He contributed in a lot of areas and received first-hand experience with Manufacturing, IT and Design. He also attended upper-level management meetings, all of which is invaluable to one who is in the midst of planning a future.

On behalf of the team at Intertech Plastics, “Thanks for joining us Joann, we hope to see you again!”

Growth with Product and Process Diversity

CompanyWeekRecently Intertech Medical was featured in CompanyWeek, which is ‘The Voice of the Rocky Mountain Manufacturing Economy.’ The article sums up that Intertech’s ‘Process and product diversity drive growth’ and this is helping to reshore manufacturing and boost the Colorado economy.