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Teel Plastics Inc.
www.teel.com / Revenue: $60 million / HQ: Baraboo, Wis. / Employees: 260 / Tom Thompson,
president: "Our technology allows us to bring innovative products to the markets we serve."

Midwest

Today, Teel Plastics focuses on
technology-driven products and serving new markets with several unique
product families in each. "We try to diversify on purpose so we aren't tucked
into one market," Thompson says.
"Some of our bigger markets include
healthcare, automotive, cosmetics,
water filtration and treatment, fiber
optic and lab sampling."

Implementing Technology

customers expect teel plastics'
products can go directly to
the production floor with no
incoming inspection.

High Expectations

teel plastics' technology ensures customers'
needs are met every time. by janice hoppe-spiers

For 65 years, Teel Plastics has
specialized in custom extruded plastic tubing, cores and profiles. Significant investment in technology has
been the company's value proposition, allowing it to diversify to serve
new markets and differentiate itself
among the competition.
"We have a high degree of technology at Teel Plastics in various platforms,
including compounding, extrusions
and the analytical lab," President Tom
Thompson says. "Our technology allows us to bring innovative products
to the markets we serve."
Since its founding in 1951, the
Baraboo, Wis.-based company has
always been family owned. Teel Plas94

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tics was established as Insemikit Co.,
specializing in the manufacturing
and distribution of agricultural implements and tools for the veterinary
and emerging livestock artificial insemination industry.
In 1958, the company changed its
name to Teel Plastics and became
a manufacturer of liquid leak proof
sampling bags used in laboratories
around the world. Current owner
Jay Smith and his family acquired the
company in 1999 and redefined the
business's strategic direction. New
corporate objectives focused on talent, supply chain management, customer-focused innovation and continuous improvement.

Teel Plastics' customers expect a
"dock to stock" product from the
company every time. "Their expectation is that every time we produce and
ship a product out, they don't have to
do an incoming inspection and the
product can go right to the production
floor to be assembled at the original
equipment manufacturer," Thompson explains.
Customers continue to expect
tighter tolerances even on products
Teel Plastics made 20 to 25 years ago,
Thompson says. "Our customers and
our customers' customers want tighter tolerances, more engineered-type
products for example, ones that can
handle heat to get better performance," he adds. "They have greater
expectations than just quality. They
want to put the product right into
manufacturing on their floor without
having problems and at the lowest total cost possible."
To meet all of its customers' demands, Teel Plastics continues to
invest in technology to move toward Industry 4.0, the automation
and data exchange in manufacturing
technologies. "We are looking at our
process out on our floor and tying
it into the ERP system," Thompson
says. "Data comes from the equipment on the floor, such as parts
produced and other key factors, is
downloaded into the ERP system


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