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
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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
Molding a Better Community…
It’s been a couple months since the last blog post and Intertech Plastics has been busier than ever, and not just in the factory. After Sec. Clinton’s visit in June, the Clinton Global Initiative- America (CGI) was in Denver for the first of two years. At CGI, Noel Ginsburg- Chairman and CEO, was recognized on stage for Intertech Plastics’ involvement with the youth of Metro Denver and Aurora. Additionally, Intertech Plastics has made a commitment to CGI in cooperation with the Small Business Majority to dispel the negative perception of manufacturing jobs and careers as well as raise awareness that there is mutual benefit for small to medium sized businesses to hire interns from inner city high schools.
In addition to our CGI commitment, Intertech employees from all divisions helped Habitat for Humanity last week. Volunteers went to a new neighborhood being built by Habitat for Humanity in the Montbello area. This isn’t the first time Intertech Plastics has supported Habitat for Humanity and it certainly won’t be the last. Rewarding community involvement activities like this have long been engrained in Intertech’s culture but a new program will actually start tracking the hours and good we do. Intertech Plastics employee Johnny Murphy was one of the volunteers at this year’s Habitat site and had this to say about the work they did, “It’s an awesome feeling to be able to help your neighbors… I’d be happy to do it again.”
“Intertech and its supporters have now donated over $155,000.00 to the United Way“
On Monday, Aug 18th Intertech Plastics held its 13th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the Mile High United Way Lights On After School Program at the Blackstone Country Club. With record sponsors this year, Intertech and its supporters have now donated over $155,000.00 to the United Way program which helps schools stay open later for tutoring and after school programs. Once again spearheaded by Kim Martel, the event was a huge success and a whole lot of fun. Thank you to all participants and a special thanks to our sponsors for being such great supporters of our community: A+ Products, Mesa Industries, Katzke Paper, EKS&H.
Joann Castanon – Recent Intern at Intertech Plastics
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
A part of the Dream
Recently we celebrated the end of the summer with our two current “dreamers,” our summer interns from the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, or CIHAD. Both Kayden Garcia and Marissa Medina became members of CIHAD in 2004 when they were both third graders at Smedley and Fairview Elementary Schools, respectively. Kayden is a member of the The McLoraine Class, led by Program Director Erin Larrabee, and Marissa is a member of the McHugh class, led by Program Director Peter Noel. They both returned to Intertech Plastics this year for their second time.
This endeavor supports CIHAD’s philosophy of long-term commitment, as it closes in on the completion of a ten-year long commitment of 55 students, two of whom are Kayden and Marissa. Their summer internships at Intertech supported the branded product division Twist Body Brands, and the fulfillment of its products involving custom pad printing and product assembly. Each was required to set goals for the summer term, as well as report on their successes and lessons learned.
For Kayden, his main goal of the summer was to embrace his affinity of graphic design, and further hone his art skills. By working with Head Designer Randy Zwingler, and pad printing supervisor Eric Delgado, Kayden was able to create a Twist & Pout ball of his own design, creating a lasting memory of his experience, and a lasting impression in the Twist Body Brand organization. In his own words, Kayden was able to find his “inner artist,” and now carries his custom printed lip balm with him proudly, as he returns to complete his senior year of high school. Kayden claims we was “was way more focused” this year compared to last, an increase in maturity with which his supervisors at Intertech would concur, and we look forward to seeing big things from Kayden in the future.
Kayden has always been an exceptional and talented young man; unique in his own right and full of grand hopes for his future. The guidance and mentorship Kayden has received from his supervisors Oscar Olivas and Matt Leiphart during his internship at Intertech Plastics has allowed him to formulate a concrete plan for his post-secondary studies. Oscar and Matt spent a great deal of time this summer working with Kayden on goal-setting and skill development. As a result, Kayden has grown tremendously in terms of his professionalism, and has been able to successfully transfer the skills he learned working at Intertech to both his schooling and his personal interactions. The highlight of Kayden’s summer was undoubtedly getting to create his own design for a lip balm case. He lights up any time he can proudly display his lip balm, and will happily recant the story about the design process. The high-level skills he learned by using advanced software have given him tremendous confidence to pursue his dreams. This would not have been possible without the guidance and support of his supervisors at Intertech.
Erin Larrabee, Program Director.
For Marissa, she continues to work at Twist Body Brands, and has committed to completing her GED by the end of the year. Oscar Olivas, Marissa’s Supervisor at Intertech and former CIHAD Dreamer, is holding her to that, saying “this is a significant opportunity, and a chance for Marissa to really make something of herself. We’ve invested a lot in Marissa, and it’s important to us, her family, and most importantly herself, that she completes her education.”
This summer Marissa worked on learning pad printing, learning how to set up as well as operate jobs. Also her second year here, her level of professionalism and maturity is significantly improved, as she develops into an integral role at Intertech Plastics. She also met with the executive management team and presented improvement opportunities for the internship program moving forward, with good suggestions, demonstrating improved confidence and initiative, skills we know will benefit her throughout her life and career.
The Work IS Success summer internship program has been successful beyond our wildest dreams, due in large part to companies taking a vested interest in not only the program but also the person. In no instance is that truer than the relationship that Marissa has with the Intertech Plastics family. Oscar Olivas and the rest of the staff have invested their energies into making sure Marissa is successful both at work and in school. The progress that Marissa is showing towards earning her GED is directly linked to the confidence, drive and work ethic that she has developed while at Intertech. Marissa has reached one goal, which was to earn a job, and she is making steady progress towards her goal of earning a GED. Well done Marissa and thank you, Intertech Plastics!
Peter Noel, Program Director
To learn more about the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, please visit http://www.cihadf.org/
Acquisition Of Image Molding
Intertech Plastics Inc. acquires Image Molding, premier service provider to the Medical industry.
DENVER (July 8, 2013) – Intertech Plastics Inc. has acquired Image Molding, a Denver-based injection molding and contract manufacturing service provider to the medical devices industry. Image will join Intertech Plastics as the medical division of Intertech Plastics Inc., extending Intertech’s full suite of service offerings to OEM’s in the consumer products, industrial plastics, and medical industries.
“We’ve been in negotiations with Image for some time now…” reflects Noel Ginsburg, CEO of Intertech Plastics Inc., “…and the skills and capabilities that Image brings augments our capabilities tremendously, and is a great addition to the company. Additionally our ability to serve medical device manufacturers is further enhanced with the addition of even more high-end molding presses, controlled manufacturing environments, small parts expertise, and medical-specific protocol.”
“We couldn’t be happier,” comments Ewan Grantham, President of Image Molding, “the depth of engineering and management support that Intertech brings will be a great enhancement here, as will the increased ERP technology and sales support. We have a great synergy in the works here.”
With 50 presses, 200 employees, and close to 160,000ft² of manufacturing space, this acquisition enables Intertech Plastics Inc. to further distinguish itself as one of the largest injection molding service providers in the Denver area and Rocky Mountain region. Combined with both ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certifications, white room molding, a high end metrology lab, and an ISO Class 7 certified clean room, its capable staff can confidently deliver value to a very diverse customer base, leveraging the best of its high volume, high automation services with more intricate and highly regulated part fulfillment.
Keeping up with Noel
I’ve had an enjoyable time this year keeping up with Noel Ginsburg, and his endeavors not only at Intertech Plastics but within the local community. On May 30th we attended another CAMA event together, this one called a “Business to Business Lounge.” The event was in downtown Denver at the Colorado Business Bank, and like the last CAMA event business leaders engaged in a series of brief round table introductions, each explaining what they did, how they could help each other, and exchanging business cards. I’ve actually got an appointment this afternoon at our plant from a contact I made there, a potential symbiotic relationship with another area injection molder and contract manufacturer, one that could work out well for both of us. It’s a real treat to be a part of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, and to support a growing organization that is making a positive impact to our manufacturing sector and economy. It’s also enjoyable to see Noel speak in public.
Additionally, Noel was featured in another publication last week, this time a one-on-one interview in Area Development. The interview highlights some of the aspects of reshoring, and how OEM’s who are bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. are impacting our business. Here is a link to the article
But even sweeter than the social events and media coverage is the reality of what’s happening in our plant every day. We are manufacturing in the U.S., we are growing our business, and we’re creating jobs. And that’s something our employees, customers, and community can be very proud of.