Category Archive: In the Press

American Management Association: Building a Culture of Performance

CEO Chip Owen explains how performance means success for D&M customers in this special feature for AMA Quarterly.

“Before every shift, the entire team comes together to share key information and suggestions on how to improve performance…”  Read More >

CEO Chip Owen explains how performance means success for D&M customers in this special feature for AMA Quarterly. “Before every shift, the entire team comes together to share key information and suggestions on how to improve performance…”  Read More >

Daily Herald: D&M Plastics Celebrates Success and Safety on Manufacturing Day

The D&M team makes local headlines participating in Manufacturing Day with a spotlight on safety.

“D&M Plastics employees celebrate 634 days without a lost time accident, setting a new record for the manufacturer, which specializes in tight-tolerance precision parts for the medical and electronics industries.” Read More >

The D&M team makes local headlines participating in Manufacturing Day with a spotlight on safety. “D&M Plastics employees celebrate 634 days without a lost time accident, setting a new record for the manufacturer, which specializes in tight-tolerance precision parts for the medical and electronics industries.” Read More >

Daily Herald: D&M Plastics Hosts Employment Openhouse

D&M Plastics, a privately held injection-molding manufacturer which specializes in tight-tolerance precision parts for the medical, electronics, and other industries, will host an employment open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 150 French Road in Burlington. Read More >

D&M Plastics, a privately held injection-molding manufacturer which specializes in tight-tolerance precision parts for the medical, electronics, and other industries, will host an employment open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 150 French Road in Burlington. Read More >

Global Trade Magazine: Site Selection Planning Guide

D&M CEO Chip Owen provides insight into what Illinois offers to manufacturing, in this state-by-state guide.

As exporters, the readers of Global Trade are stewards of businesses that grow faster than those concerned only with the domestic market. That growth, and the need to strategically position in areas nearer to the ports and airports that can access the global marketplace, means that exporters are going to have a greater, more frequent need for new supply-chain space. As you plot your next facility, we’ve created this two-part Site Selection Planning Guide as the most direct summary of the best each state has to offer.

With a special emphasis on export assistance, tax and manufacturing incentives and workforce training programs, this guide cuts through the noise to distill the useful tools and most attractive qualities of each state. The report also gives a snapshot of workforce, tax burden and top logistics infrastructure, providing an at-a-glance profile of the states’ business environment. Completing each profile is an interview with a state business leader—be it a CEO of an exporting firm, a secretary of commerce or even the governor—giving an account of how you can benefit from locating in each state…

 

WHY ILLINOIS?

Chip Owen

CEO, D&M Plastics, a precision molding plastics manufacturer

Our transportation infrastructure is one of the biggest reasons why manufacturers like Illinois—and Chicago, in particular. The state is centrally located and Chicago’s interstate and rail infrastructure is among the country’s best. And if you have to ship goods by air, O’Hare is one of the top cargo airports in the world. Illinois provides the best of both worlds for manufacturers—with Chicago, they have easy access to multinational corporations that they can do business with, and they also have McCormick Place, the biggest convention center on the continent. And outside of the city, there’s lots of affordable land.” – excerpt from Global Trade Magazine
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D&M CEO Chip Owen provides insight into what Illinois offers to manufacturing, in this state-by-state guide. As exporters, the readers of Global Trade are stewards of businesses that grow faster than those concerned only with the domestic market. That growth, and the need to strategically position in areas nearer to the ports and airports that can access the […]

Kane County Connects: November 1st Open House and Job Fair

The job fair and open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, starting with an introduction to the company, followed by a tour of the manufacturing facility and a question-and-answer period. D&M is hoping to fill positions for operators, quality technicians, setup technicians, shift supervisors, manufacturing maintenance, material handling, and warehouse product packaging. The company is looking for a basic set of job skills, including an eagerness to learn and grow. Read More >

The job fair and open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, starting with an introduction to the company, followed by a tour of the manufacturing facility and a question-and-answer period. D&M is hoping to fill positions for operators, quality technicians, setup technicians, shift supervisors, manufacturing maintenance, material handling, […]

Medical Design Briefs: Manufacturing Polymer Optical Components: The Good, the Bad…and the Learning Curve

D&M illustrates its expertise by spotlighting the complexities such as geometry, surface specifications, and material selection, which are vitally important to designing, and producing a flawless optical part.

“There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to produce them, injection molding, and handling components that manage light…” Read more >

D&M illustrates its expertise by spotlighting the complexities such as geometry, surface specifications, and material selection, which are vitally important to designing, and producing a flawless optical part. “There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to produce them, injection molding, and handling components […]

Plastics Machinery Magazine: The Technology House

Read why this leading industry publication calls the management group “determined, purposeful and passionate about the business of plastics” in this excellent profile piece about D&M.

“The parts made by D&M are highly engineered with complex geometries.” Read more >

Read why this leading industry publication calls the management group “determined, purposeful and passionate about the business of plastics” in this excellent profile piece about D&M. “The parts made by D&M are highly engineered with complex geometries.” Read more >

Plastics News Now: D&M Plastics builds a culture of lean manufacturing

D&M Plastics President Chip Owen discusses its lean strategy and why he invests in retirement for his workers when he met with Plastics News Editor Don Loepp on a recent visit to D&M.

“It gets them to not only use their hands, but their heads — and hopefully their hearts — in helping us to make the company as good as it can be.” Read More >

D&M Plastics President Chip Owen discusses its lean strategy and why he invests in retirement for his workers when he met with Plastics News Editor Don Loepp on a recent visit to D&M. “It gets them to not only use their hands, but their heads — and hopefully their hearts — in helping us to […]

Plastics News: D&M moving to all-electric presses

Learn how new equipment means even better outcomes for D&M, the first U.S. full-service turnkey manufacturer to achieve ISO certification with an external defect rate of 17 parts per million –60 times better than the industry average.

Tight-tolerance precision molder D&M Plastics LLC of Burlington, Ill., is moving toward use of all-electric presses for medical and electronic applications. Read More >

Learn how new equipment means even better outcomes for D&M, the first U.S. full-service turnkey manufacturer to achieve ISO certification with an external defect rate of 17 parts per million –60 times better than the industry average. Tight-tolerance precision molder D&M Plastics LLC of Burlington, Ill., is moving toward use of all-electric presses for medical […]

Plastics News: D&M uses lean practices to engage workers

Plastics News spent part of the day on a recent visit to D&M, met the leadership team and learned how a culture of LEAN is good for employees, customers, and for business.

“Owen is a big fan of the 2-second lean philosophy made popular by author and manufacturing guru Paul Akers. So every shift change at D&M starts with a team meeting where workers first talk about safety, then share ideas for process improvements that can save time and money. Employees have contributed more than 4,000 lean ideas since they started the meetings four years ago, and the company has implemented about 3,200. “We’re generating ideas every single day,” Owen said.” Read More >

Plastics News spent part of the day on a recent visit to D&M, met the leadership team and learned how a culture of LEAN is good for employees, customers, and for business. “Owen is a big fan of the 2-second lean philosophy made popular by author and manufacturing guru Paul Akers. So every shift change at […]