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Cover Story

Inteplast Group

inteplast operates more than
50 facilities throughout the
united states, canada and
asia. the company's diverse
products include PVC boards
as shown here.

plants had huge capacity capabilities and sales were needed to keep the
enterprise afloat.
"We just wanted to survive," Young
says. "We were frugal and watched
every single expense. The early years
were harsh and very, very hard on
each and every one of us. They were
also the most educational, character-building years.
"Maybe because of all the hardships
endured together, I have always felt
deep gratitude towards all our Inteplast colleagues. We watch out and
care for each other. "
In the beginning, basic products
were the order of the day for all three
divisions. "Given the sheer size of
our production volume, we elected
to participate first in the commodity
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or lower end markets," Young once
wrote. "Because there were no previous sales leading into the start-up,
there was no cushion. As we climbed
the learning curve, we increasingly
participated in higher-end markets.
And, we have so many loyal customers to thank for our success."
By the mid-1990s Inteplast Group
had 1,500 employees. Today, the
company has more than 7,000 employees and operates more than 50
facilities throughout the United
States, Canada and Asia, with Lolita representing roughly half of the
company's revenues.
"It was only in the past eight to 10
years or so that we began to expand
beyond Lolita," Young says. "We
have grown uniformly over the years,

both systematically and methodically. It was organic at first, and later
through acquisition."

Astute Expansion
The diverse products and market
applications provided by Inteplast's
three divisions are reflected in the
company's acquisitions. A synergistic
approach is evident as well.
For instance, Inteplast's IBS division was already a producer of reclosable zipper bags when it acquired
reclosable zipper bag manufacturer
Minigrip® three years ago. But Minigrip® brought more store brand expertise to the table, and allowed Inteplast to expand its existing specialty
medical bag line as well.
One year later, Trinity Plastics be-


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