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Dutchland Plastics LLC
www.dutchlandplastics.com / HQ: Oostburg, Wis. / Employees: 300 / Clyde Swoger, CEO:
"Rotomolding requires a high level of skill and craftsmanship, which is dependent upon our people."

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dutchland plastics wins praise for the complex rotomolded parts it
produces, finishes and ships directly to its clients' customers. by russ gager

warren wilson maintains and
polishes the molds dutchland
plastics uses to produce complex
rotomolded parts.

When lower quantities of large or
complex plastic parts are required,
the cost-effective and high-quality answer often is rotomolding. That technique has been mastered by Dutchland Plastics since 1967 and enabled
the company to nearly double its revenue from 2013 to 2015 and to become
one of the top 10 custom rotational
molders in the United States.
"It's a pretty exciting time," CEO
Clyde Swoger declares. "We manufacture a broad, almost a dizzying array of different products for our customers. We would consider ourselves
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a higher-volume rotational molder.
We're not really a job shop. We would
tend to make things that are in modest
to large quantities, at least for a rotomolder. Most of our products would
be thousands of units a year or more,
and some products would be in the
tens of thousands of units."
Dutchland Plastics manufactures
parts as small as a shoe box and as
large as a compact car. Although injection- and blow-molding can produce
millions of parts a year, rotational
molding produces approximately one
part per hour per mold. "It's a fair-

ly slow process, but it can produce
parts that couldn't be made any other
way - large parts with complex geometries and very uniform wall thicknesses. Particular characteristics that
couldn't be met in other processes can
be met with rotational molding."
Additionally, tooling costs for rotational molding can be in the tens of
thousands of dollars rather than the
hundreds of thousands that injection
molds can cost. "The math tends to favor rotational molding for low- to medium-volume parts, and you also have
to consider that we might manufac-


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