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PERSPECTIVE

by Rebecca Post

A CULTURE THAT

POLO CUSTOM PRODUCTS EXCELS AT
PARTNERSHIPS, OFFERING CLIENTS A
FULL RANGE OF SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES.

E

verything is global now. There's
more opportunity to enter into
partnerships with your customers
now. You can make suggestions that will
improve their business, and that's even
expected," says Kent Lammers, CEO and
president of Polo Custom Products. In fact,
says Lammers, keeping pace with customer
expectations is what transforms clients
into full-fledged business partners.
Over the years, Lammers says, advances
in technology and manufacturing have
had great impacts on the business. The
"speed of change," he says, has improved
the quality of Polo offerings along with
inviting global opportunities. What's more,
when working with OEMs, there's a much
greater expectation to treat the relationship
as a collaboration. "We offer more than
just a product. It's a partnership, and we've
embraced that. Even though we're a custom
manufacturer, the expectation of speed in
the marketplace is so important."
Polo Custom Products has been in
operation for more than 70 years, and Kent
Lammers has been there for the last half
of that journey. Lammer's 35-year journey
at the business started on a part-time basis
in college. After college, he worked in
accounting and account management, later

becoming the controller, chief financial
officer and executive vice president, and
eventually taking over his current position
as president and CEO.
Polo is a custom products manufacturer
that designs and engineers products for
OEMs in the medical, defense, fire and
safety, and industrial industries. Polo's
services include custom industrial sewing,
film and fabric welding, thermoforming,
and supply chain management. Headquartered in Topeka, Kan., Polo has plants in
Monticello, Iowa; Louisville, Miss.; Puerto
Rico and five Asian locations.
SEWING, WELDING
AND THERMOFORMING
Polo's roots started in custom sewing. The
company now has 60,000 square feet of
production space for custom sewing. The
manufactured products include ventricular
assist devices, carrying bags, belt pouch
assemblies, sensitive equipment carrying
cases and a chemical protective patient
wrap for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Textiles used in these items include Kevlar®,
PBI, and other flame-resistant or specialty
fabrics. Polo frequently uses raw materials
that are RoHS, REACH, Mil-spec and Berry
Amendment compliant.

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