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Tulip Molded Plastics Corp.
www.tulipcorp.com / Headquarters: Milwaukee / Specialty: Molded plastics / Craig Kellogg,
president and CEO: "We want to meet or exceed customer expectations."

Midwest

Kellogg assumed the helm at Tulip
a year and a half after the Milwaukee-based company was sold by its
original owner - who founded it in
1977 - to Saugatuck Capital Co. The
company specializes in injection
molding products, lead terminals and
other components for automotive, industrial and motive power batteries.
Tulip is one of the largest suppliers of
injection-molded parts to the battery
industry, Kellogg says.
The company has worked with
many of its customers for much of its
nearly 40-year history. "Our customer
relationships are built on trust and a
win-win mentality," he adds. "We receive incredible support from our customers, which we deeply appreciate."
tulip's three divisions cover plastic
injection molding, engineered resin
and cold-formed lead.

Mold the Future
tulip molded plastics' improvements have enhanced its service to customers. by jim harris
Tulip Molded Plastics Corp. has
undergone a significant transformation since President and CEO Craig
Kellogg joined the company in August
2013. "When I took over the company,
we had poor on-time delivery performance; now, it's more than 98 percent," he says.
To do this, the company established
a level scheduling process it refers to
as its "goalpost." The process defined
minimum and maximum inventory
levels based on factors such as variation in order frequencies and quantities, replenishment lead times, manufacturing capacity, historic demand
and forecast data.
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time delivery of a quality product, and
that's one of our major focuses," Kellogg says. "We want to meet or exceed
customer expectations."
The company during Kellogg's tenure has embarked on a lean manufacturing journey that includes training
its employees to identify and eliminate waste within its operation.
Tulip within the past few years has
also improved its operations by enhancing its relationships with vendors. "We consider our suppliers to
be our partners and an extension of
our company, and have close relationships with them," Kellogg says. "We
make sure we're on the same page and
focused on the same objectives."

Manufacturing Processes
The company operates three divisions: a plastic injection molding division with operations in Milwaukee
and Niagara Falls, N.Y.; an engineered
resin division in Niagara Falls, and a
cold-formed lead division in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee manufacturing
facility is 150,000 square feet, and the
Niagara Falls facility offers 100,000
square feet of manufacturing space.
The engineered resin and cold
formed lead divisions both use reprocessed materials to create new products. This includes reusing non-biodegradable plastics that would
otherwise be destined for a landfill.
The company converts these materials into a new usable resin for molding. Additionally, Tulip's lead division
uses reclaimed lead from smelted batteries. "We have a high degree of vertical integration," Kellogg says.
In addition to using the resin and
lead in its own products, Tulip also
sells recycled resin for use in operations of other companies.
Tulip's injection molding presses


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