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Tulip Molded Plastics Corp.

Midwest

range in size from 25 to 1,100 tons, and the company holds
more than 25 patents on its products. Tulip can also perform contract and custom molding using molds consigned
to it by its customers. Other proprietary products available through Tulip include recycling bins used by municipalities, as well as milk, water, dairy and lemon crates.

"we think our beliefs and values
help set us apart - we all believe
and understand the customer is
our no. 1 objective." - Craig Kellogg
All manufacturing employees go through an extensive
training program that begins before they are officially
hired. Prospective employees participate in a three-hour
tutorial about the company and also embark on a plant
tour. "We want them to see what we do and make sure they
meet our expectations and we meet theirs," Kellogg says.
Once hired, employees go through a new employee
orientation process that includes safety and quality
training, followed by a 90-day training program. Training includes rotating new employees through several
different manufacturing functions as well as weekly
one-on-one meetings.
Seasoned employees also receive injection molding
training from Paulson Training Programs Inc. and lean
manufacturing training developed (primarily) in house.
Tulip is also assisted in its training efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Empire
State Development Corporation and the New York Power Authority.

tulip molded plastics president craig
kellogg (center) credits the company's
staff with recent improvements to its
manufacturing operations.

Tulip that includes new equipment and other upgrades
across its operation.
Kellogg credits Tulip's manufacturing and other staff
with the improvements it has made. "We have a great
team with a lot of experience," Kellogg says. "We think
our beliefs and values help set us apart - we all believe
and understand the customer is our No. 1 objective." mt

Continuous Improvement
The company continues to improve its manufacturing
and other operations.
"We are modernizing ourselves to be a better supplier," Kellogg says. "We want to meet or exceed customer
expectations, and to do that, we are investing in our facilities, tools, equipment and people."
Work is underway on a new facility in Niagara Falls
that would replace the existing plant, which was built in
1904. The new building, which is next door to the current
facility, will open its doors at the beginning of next year.
The new facility will feature brand-new injection molding machines, extruders and other equipment.
The new Niagara Falls facility is the first component
of an extensive five-year capital improvement plan for
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