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PRISM News: 2017

Plastics Today
How PRISM Plastics is bringing back manufacturing through technology

PRISM Plastics Director of Sales and Marketing, Jeff Ignatowski, talks to Plastics Today about the company’s “Technology First” mindset and how it has helped the company remain competitive in a global market. “We can compete with low-cost countries because of our approach to technology, lean operations and designing in quality throughout the process,” says Ignatowski. “In fact, while others are shipping parts from China, we’re shipping products to China.”

March 1, 2017 in Plastics Today

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PRISM Featured on The Cover of Plastics Technology
PRISM Featured on The Cover of Plastics Technology

At PRISM Plastics, quality control is embedded into every step of the manufacturing process—effectively eliminating the need for a dedicated quality control department. The result? More than 1 billion parts per year with a defective rate of less than 1 ppm. Our unique approach to quality through the use of automation and technology was highlighted in the cover story of this month’s issue of Plastics Technology.

January, 2017 in Plastics Technology

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PRISM News: 2016

Plastics Technology
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.

January, 2017 in Plastics Technology

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Plastics News
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!

August 4th, 2016 in Plastics News

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Plastics Business
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.

August 4th, 2016 in Plastics Business.

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Plastics Today
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.”

June 30, 2016 in Plastics Today.

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Plastics News
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.

June 27, 2016 in Plastics News.

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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.

June 27, 2016

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Manufacturing Business Technology
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.

April, 2016in Manufacturing Business Technology

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Manufacturing Engineering
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.

March, 2016 in Manufacturing Engineering.

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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.”

PRISM News: 2015

2015 in Crain's Detroit
Looking back: Detroit remains 'major player' in robotics

Crain’s Detroit Business called Detroit the “epicenter of the robotics industry” 30 years ago, and now they are revisiting those claims to see how things have changed since then. For PRISM Plastics, utilizing robotics has been a critical part of the business plan since the company was founded.

“Robotics and automation is a necessity for the way we run the business,” said Jeff Ignatowski, director of sales and marketing. “Part of our strategy is to avoid labor as much as possible, allowing us to compete globally with technology by eliminating labor costs.”

By Dustin Walsh, September 27th, 2015 in Crain's Detroit

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PRISM Plastics Raises More Than $30,000 For St. John Providence Hospital

PRISM Plastics, a leading high-precision plastic product company, has raised more than $30,000 for St. John Providence Hospital through the “Jerry Williams Shootout for the Cure” golf outing, which was established in memory of PRISM Plastics co-founder Jerry Williams who died from gastric cancer in 2014.

By Dustin Walsh, September 27th, 2015 in Crain's Detroit.

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PRISM Featured on The Cover of Plastics Technology
PRISM Plastics reboots foray into medical sector

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!

By Norbert Sparrow, June, 2015 in Plastics Technology.

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CNBC, MSN, Yahoo News
Tech and innovation power Detroit’s manufacturing revival

Less than a year after emerging from bankruptcy, a resurgence in manufacturing in Detroit is seen as a major pathway to continued recovery. PRISM Plastics spoke with CNBC about how it represents the next generation of manufacturers embracing leading-edge technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

By Bob Woods, June, 2015 in CNBC, MSN, Yahoo News.

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Prism Plastics seeks to expand with medical acquisition

PRISM Plastics has been on a strong growth trajectory, but it’s now looking to accelerate by acquiring a medical injection molder. In this interview with Crain’s Detroit Business and manufacturing reporter Dustin Walsh, PRISM shares the background on why PRISM, while continuing to grow its automotive practice, is also looking to enter a new field.

By Dustin Walsh, June, 2015 in CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS.

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PRISM Featured on The Cover of Plastics Technology
CT Scanning Gives Precision Molder X-Ray Vision of Part Quality

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!

By Matthew H. Naitove, June, 2015 in Plastics Technology.

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Plastics Today
PRISM Plastics invests 3.5 million to expand facility, add 7 presses

PRISM Plastics is investing $3.5 million to add seven new electric presses for facilities in Chesterfield Twp., Mich. and Harlingen, Texas as well as an extra 10,000 square feet of space in Chesterfield. This will increase PRISM’s production capacity for tight-tolerance, safety-critical plastic parts. All new equipment will be in place by July, bringing PRISM to 35 total presses.

By Clare Goldsberry on May 18th, 2015 in Plastics Today.

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Plastics Business
Plastics Business features PRISM Plastics in "View From 30 Feet"

Plastics Business reporter Diana Brodine featured PRISM Plastics in her “View From 30 Feet” column, which examines the tactical decisions at ground level that make a significant impact on processor performance.

By Diane Brodine on April 23, 2015 in Plastics Business.

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2015 at NPE 2015
Plastics News interviews PRISM's Jeff Ignatowski at the 2015 NPE show

During the 2015 NPE conference in Orlando, PRISM’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Jeff Ignatowski, was interviewed by Joe Pryweller from Plastics News about the philosophy and the tactics that have driven the company’s success. With small, tightly controlled, highly automated facilities, a company-wide focus on quality and a strong track-record of lasting customer relationships, PRISM’s team used their unique approach to win the Customer Service Excellence award from Plastics News earlier this year.

By Joe Pryweller on March 23, 2015 at NPE 2015.

2015 in Plastics News
Plastics News showcased PRISM's VP Rod Bricker's comments from February's Executive Forum in Las Vegas

Plastics News showcased PRISM’s VP Rod Bricker’s comments from February’s Executive Forum in Las Vegas PRISM Plastics VP Rod Bricker’s shared the importance of hiring team members who fit the personality, culture and attitude of the company. “The company looks for good people and then we do extensive training. Character, attitude first, and then technical”, said Bricker.

By Bill Bregar on February 26, 2015 in Plastics News.

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PRISM News: 2014

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PRISM Plastics Receives Five Awards From Major Steering Supplier

PRISM received awards for “Perfect Quality” for each of it’s three manufacturing facilities combined with a “Perfect Launch” award for successfully launching several major programs and the “Superior Customer Service” award for our sales and engineering onsite support.

November, 2014

PRISM Plastics sponsors Operation Transformation
PRISM Plastics sponsors Operation Transformation

OT works with civic and service organizations to develop ways to meet the many needs of the citizens of our community.

By Times Herald on October 8, 2014

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Jerome “Jerry” Williams, a co-founder and visionary leader of PRISM Plastics, Inc. passes away

“Jerry was an inspiration to all of us at PRISM. He beat back cancer for more than two years with humor, grit and grace. He touched everyone who knew him with his energy and passion as well as his kindness,” says fellow PRISM co-founder Rodney Bricker. “He will be sorely missed, but the accomplishments he was most proud of—his family and the company he helped create—will live on.”

August 27, 2014

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PRISM Plastics listed on the Inc. 5000 list

PRISM Plastics is ranked #2352 out of #5000 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies with a 3 year growth rate of 165%.

By Inc. on August 21, 2014

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PRISM Plastics is ranked 163 out of 569

Prism Plastics is ranked #163 out of #569 in Plastics News list of North American injection molders.

By Plastics News

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PRISM Plans for Future Based on Successful Past

PRISM Plastics, a custom injection molder headquartered in Chesterfield, MI, has long been an automotive supplier and in spite of the struggles of that market over the past few years the company has remained successful. Rodney Bricker, vice president and co-owner, believes that diversity in markets is key, and while Prism remains committed to the automotive industry, the company has moved into the medical market as well.

By Gary Anglebrandt on April 16, 2014 in Plastics Today.

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One Key Target Can Win Over a Supplier"

It may be different at every company, but the best way to build your business and enter a new supply chain is often through one key contact, according to Jerry Williams, co-owner and vice president of PRISM Plastics.

By Gary Anglebrandt on March 13, 2013 in Crain’s Detroit.

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PRISM News: 2013

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PRISM Plastics continues growth streak with 6 new staff

The recession hit PRISM Plastics hard, just like it did the rest of the manufacturers in the automotive supplier world. That was 2008. The next year the Chesterfield Township-based company notched $5 million in revenue. It hit $8 million in 2010 and $12 million in 2011. Revenues spiked to $18 million last year and the company is on track to reach $24 million in 2013, and $30 million next year.

By Jon Zemke on August 22, 2013 in Metromode.

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Metro Detroit auto components manufacturer to invest $2 million, increase capacity 20%

Headquartered about 30 miles northeast of Detroit in Chesterfield Township, will purchase and install new Toshiba injection molding machines for its facilities in Chesterfield Township, Mich. and Harlingen, Texas.

By Michael Wayland/a> on July 09, 2013 in Metromode.

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THIS JUST IN: Supplier Prism invests $2M at Michigan, Texas plants

Auto supplier Prism Plastics LLC is investing $2 million in additional capacity at its plants in Michigan and Texas. Prism will add six Toshiba injection molding presses — with 85 tons and 200 tons of clamping force — at its plants in Chesterfield Township and Harlingen, Texas, the company said.

By Crain’s Detroit on July 07, 2013 in Crain’s Detroit.

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PRISM News: 2012

Plastics Today
PRISM expands with new corporate HQ and advanced molding capabilities

The recession hit PRISM Plastics hard, just like it did the rest of the manufacturers in the automotive supplier world. That was 2008. The next year the Chesterfield Township-based company notched $5 million in revenue. It hit $8 million in 2010 and $12 million in 2011. Revenues spiked to $18 million last year and the company is on track to reach $24 million in 2013, and $30 million next year.

September 20th, 2012 in Plastics Today.

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Crain's Detroit
Local auto supplier drives efficiency with more machines and fewer workers. Welcome to the new manufacturing model

Headquartered about 30 miles northeast of Detroit in Chesterfield Township, will purchase and install new Toshiba injection molding machines for its facilities in Chesterfield Township, Mich. and Harlingen, Texas.

By Dustin Walch, September 16,2012 in Crain's Detroit.

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Automotive Deisgn and Production
Tech and innovation power Detroit’s manufacturing revival

What’s the likelihood that a company established in November 1999 to supply plastic parts for the auto industry would be thriving some 13 years later, that it would have been able not only to get through the challenges of being a start-up, but that it would have survived the blood-letting that was rife during the latter part of the last decade?

By Gary S. Vasilash, July 25th, 2012 in Automotive Deisgn and Production.

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PRISM News: 2011

Port Huron-based molder announces expansion in Metro Detroit
Port Huron-based molder announces expansion in Metro Detroit

“Part of how we maintain our quality is that everything is uniform and standardized,” said Rodney Bricker, a PRISM VP. “Port Huron, Texas and now New Baltimore, we have all the same equipment, all the same uniform production and everything is interchangeable.

By Michael Wayland on December 6, 2011 in Detroit Crain's Business

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Plastics News
Automotive molder PRISM Plastics opening new plant in Michigan

The recession hit PRISM Plastics hard, just like it did the rest of the manufacturers in the automotive supplier world. “We’ve always had really good luck,” PRSIM VP Rodney Bricker said. “Once we get in with a customer and they see what we can do, they give us more business.”

By Jon Zemke on December 5, 2011 in Plastics News.

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