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Lakeside Plastics Ltd. / Revenues: $50 million / HQ: Windsor, Ontario / Employees: 327 / Specialty: Plastic injection molding / Robert Echlin, president: “The thing that makes me most proud here is our people and the incredible culture we have.” The Molding of Quality a commitment to quality and customer service makes lakeside plastics a supplier of choice for general motors and others. by jim harris lakeside plastics operates 45 molding machines ranging from 20 to 3,500 tons of clamping pressure. When many suppliers to the automotive industry were going out of business during the recession that nearly crippled the sector in 2008 and 2009, Lakeside Plastics Ltd. stood firm. Rather than scale back its operations, the manufacturer reinforced its commitment to the world’s largest automotive manufacturer at a time it most needed the support. “We decided during the economic downturn to strategically focus on General Motors, and become their best and lowest-cost supplier,” says Robert Echlin, the President of the Windsor, Ontario-based plastic injection molding company. “We gave them what they 110 WINTER 2012 were looking for from a supplier during a tumultuous time, and stepped up to the plate to support them and be a supplier they want to work with.” Lakeside Plastics produces molded plastic parts and component assemblies used in both the interior and exterior of several vehicle models, such as the Chevrolet Impala and Malibu and the Buick Verano. These include interior garnish moldings such as pillar assemblies that contain speakers, sound insulators, lighting and related componentry. Lakeside Plastics’ focus on producing best-in-class products with bestin-class people and equipment has driven the company to be a low-cost and high-quality producer for GM and made it one of the automaker’s go-to suppliers. As an example of its service to GM, Echlin notes it took on additional manufacturing responsibilities for the company during the height of the recession in 2009. Lakeside absorbed 16 tools and assembly processes after the bankruptcy of one of GM’s plastic suppliers, and within two weeks was able to support the volume of components needed for one of GM’s highest volume vehicles, he notes. This dedication earned the Lakeside team recognition in 2009,

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012