Modern Molding: Winner of Small Manufacturer of the Year

Custom injection molding company Modern Molding makes engineered plastic parts for OEMs. Manufacturing its own parts and a variety of others according to its customers’ specifications, the company serves the agriculture, construction, telecommunications, and electronics industries, among others.

Delano-based Modern Molding has worked to become a one-stop shop for its customers. The company’s engineering staff has the capability to help customers design parts and tools for the injection molding process that will be capable for a long period of time.

“We design for manufacturability before the sale,” says operations manager Eric Seebeck.

The company utilizes its full-service tool room to not only service its own machines on the production floor, but also to turn quick prototypes for customers that may need to test a theory about how a part works. Modern Molding also uses its tool room to do secondary operations, such as welding and drilling, that a customer might not want to do at its own facilities.

Modern Molding has seen double-digit growth since 2001. The company has spent a lot of time and energy developing its quality system, and, as a result, has become a partner supplier to many companies. In 2011, Modern Molding increased its production facility from 22,000 to 58,000 square feet, giving it room to grow.

Part of Modern Molding’s growth is a result of CEO and president Doug Portmann’s reinvestment into the company, Seebeck explains. In 2001, the company started out with 15 machines. Since then, it has replaced about half of the machines, added two additional ones, and expanded its tool room.

“[He] has made some significant investments in technology, in our facility, and in people — and it’s really paid off,” Seebeck says.

Post time: 12-05-2016