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Inteplast Group

the No. 2 position in North America
in the film and sheet industries and
the No. 1 position for certain product lines. He attributes much of the
company's success to "harmonious
teamwork, Total Quality Management (TQM), Continuous Improvement Management (CIM) and total
integration of information."
The systematic analysis employed
for medical research is a close cousin to Young's approach for analytic
decision-making at Inteplast Group.
"As a team we believe in informatics,"
he says. "All my colleagues believe
in evidence-based management and
transparency, meaning that numbers
speak truth.

"i have always felt deep
gratitude towards
all our inteplast
colleagues. we watch
out and care for each
other."
"When you have clear-cut, precise
numbers for every single step of every
operation to the point where you can
integrate all of that information, you
are clear-minded in all of your decision-making."

Historic Enterprise
The concept for Inteplast Group began in the late 1980s when many major U.S. manufacturing companies
were moving overseas en masse.
"Inteplast Group started out as a
statement, that manufacturing efforts in the United States and North
America could be successful in modern times," Young says. "We invested
heavily in robotics and automation.
We designed the plant on such a large
scale to capture efficiencies."

Young acknowledges the help received from state and local government officials with choosing the Lolita, Texas, location. "For a venture of
this size, we relied on many friends
to make it possible, especially given
the remote location in south Texas,"
Young has said. "However, it all started with a core team of dedicated and
hard-working employees - all still my
colleagues today - who believed in
the vision of making manufacturing
possible on a grand scale adopting the
best practices."
Proponents of the Lone Star State
say "everything is bigger in Texas."
The slogan is certainly true for Inteplast's flagship 575-acre multi-facility manufacturing site in Lolita.
By 1995, eight industrial buildings had been constructed on the
site, ranging in size from 120,000
to 866,000 square feet, and totaling
more than 3 million square feet. At
that time, the industrial park was the
largest integrated plastics manufacturing facility in North America, and
remains so today.
One can only imagine the details
and planning involved in overseeing
such a project, as it entailed not only
new construction, but also the installation of an incredible amount of capital equipment, vetted for quality and
purchased from leading machinery
vendors from around the globe.
Today, Inteplast's Lolita facility is a
model of productivity and efficiency.
It features modern manufacturing,
warehouse and office space, its own
cafeteria, water treatment facility,
a rail yard, trucking fleet and even a
shuttle bus system used by nearly half
of the site's production employees.

Cover Story

from the very beginning. Early on,
three distinct divisions were established in the company.
AmTopp started up between 199293 and focused on biaxially-oriented
polypropylene films and machine and
hand stretch films. Integrated Bagging Systems (IBS) started up in 199394 and focused on blown polyethylene
films used to make merchandise, produce and garment bags and can liners,
among other products. World-Pak
started producing product between
1994-95 and focused on the manufacture of PVC boards, corrugated
sheets, and reinforced films.
All of the divisions' products offered wide applications for diverse
industries. Each division continues
to this day, but on a broader scale with
regard to product line and markets.
Once everything in the operation
was up and running, Young and his
team no longer had the luxury of time
to reflect on vision. Far from it. The
inteplast group president dr.
john young says precise numbers
for every step of the operation
are vital to decision-making.

Early Years
Product diversity has played an important role in Inteplast's strategy
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