PRISM News: 2016

Technology Effective Option to Overseas Sourcing

Globalization in the automotive industry over the last few decades—sparked largely by the passage of NAFTA in the mid-1990s—has created dynamic shifts in operating procedures for automotive manufacturers as they look to balance quality with cost-effective labor. Recently, however, this pursuit has led many manufacturers back to U.S. soil where they are engaging highly automated, technology-driven partners that can provide the better quality than their overseas competitors for the same cost of labor.

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PRISM Plastics Adam Smith named as one of Plastics News 2016 Rising Stars in Plastics

Plastics News recently recognized PRISM Plastics Operations Manager Adam Smith as a 2016 “Rising Stars” in the plastics industry. Adam is a vital member of our team and we could not be prouder of him and everything he has accomplished. “I don’t think many people can say they enjoy their job,” Adam told Plastics News. ”I was able to take something I liked doing in high school and evolve into something I like doing for my career.” To read Adam’s “Rising Stars profile in Plastics News, click here. Congratulations to Adam and all the other “Rising Stars” honorees for 2016!

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A Quality Responsible Business Model

Most manufacturers view their quality control department as a critical piece of the manufacturing process. At PRISM Plastics, we strategically built all of our quality control mechanisms straight into our manufacturing processes, effectively making the need for a quality control department redundant. Read more about how our reliance on automation and cutting-edge technology makes this possible in this article from PRISM Plastics co-founder and President/CEO Rod Bricker in Plastics Business.

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Prism Plastics’ acquisition of Tech Molded Plastics called a ‘combination of equals’

Prism Plastics President Rod Bricker, who is also one of Prism’s co-founders, said in his announcement, “Prism Plastics continues to experience a strong and steady growth trajectory fueled by our commitment to the Prism Way—an operational mindset geared toward lean manufacturing processes, automated technologies and embedded quality control measures that result in best-in-class standards of quality for our clients at every touch point. In acquiring Tech Molded Plastics, we recognized a strategic opportunity with a company that shares our philosophies regarding manufacturing, business, family and culture to further expand our capabilities and capacity to fuel future growth.”

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Prism acquires Tech Molded Plastics

In a union of two precision automotive molders, Chesterfield, Mich.-headquartered Prism Plastics Inc. has acquired Tech Molded Plastics Inc. of Meadville, Pa. Effective June 23, the deal nearly doubles Prism’s size and creates an operation with combined annual sales of roughly $60 million.

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PRISM Plastics Aquires Tech Molded Plastics

PRISM Plastics recently acquired Meadville, PA-based Tech Molded Plastics, a full-service injection molded plastics company specializing in tight tolerance precision molding and production molds. Through this acquisition, PRISM Plastics will effectively double its size in terms of sales. The move will give the organization immediate access to a proven and sophisticated team of professionals while also adding in-house mold building capabilities to the company’s service offerings.

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Automating Quality Control

Achieving a defective PPM rate of less than one is practically unheard of. That’s exactly what PRISM Plastics has been able to do while shipping more than half a billion parts annually. Read more about our built-in quality control processes in this article from Rod Bricker, president of PRISM Plastics, in Manufacturing Business Technology.

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Advanced Manufacturing Now - Modern Manufacturing Processes, Solutions and Strategies

Maintaining consistent quality is a priority for any manufacturer, elevating the perceived importance of the quality control department. Prism Plastics, however, takes a different approach to quality control. The company operates without a formal quality control department, a radical departure from convention. Deploying quality control resources before and during the manufacturing process, Prism achieves the precision, quality and consistency that make post-production quality control redundant.

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PRISM Plastics Helps Those in Need

PRISM Plastics has raised a total value of $1,971 in donations benefitting The River Outreach Ministry’s “Streams of Hope” Outreach Program. Rod Bricker, president of PRISM Plastics, made the announcement. The donation is the result of a two-week long collection period in which PRISM Plastics set up drop boxes at each of its three manufacturing facilities in Chesterfield Township and Port Huron, Mich., and Harlingen, Texas. Employees and individuals in the community were encouraged to bring supplies to benefit those in need in the Port Huron area, including hats, gloves, socks, scarves, hand warmers, bottled water, Band-Aids, lotion, lip balm, baby wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and more. In addition, PRISM Plastics matched all funds donated by employees up to $500. “At PRISM Plastics, we’re constantly looking for ways that we can get involved in the community and provide assistance to those less fortunate,” said Bricker. “The needs of individuals and families can be great and varied during the winter months, and it’s our hope that this initiative will provide the necessary assistance to help those in need through this difficult time.”