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Strengthening Domestic Production

We get it; plastic often gets bad press when it comes to sustainability. Just like you, our team members love the outdoors and want to take care of the environment so our community and, more broadly, the whole world are enjoyable places to be for generations to come. So how do we make those two line up?

First, plastic isn’t as bad as some would criticize it to be. A recent McKinsey study highlighted the environmental impact of plastic, finding that in 13 of 14 common applications, plastic generated lower total greenhouse gas than alternatives, primarily due to plastic being energy efficient to produce and lower weight than alternative materials. Plastic is used to make low-cost, durable products. Using it in the right applications helps protect and preserve other goods and materials.

Until viable alternatives are developed, tested, and proven, plastic will be an important part of our economy. As a contract manufacturer, we seldom have design control of which products are made from plastic or volumes of those products purchased by end users, but we are accountable to be a sustainable company by managing what we can control and producing products efficiently, as quantified by the below categories:

LBS Waste Eliminated

Efficient Tool and Process Design

The best way to reduce waste is never to produce it in the first place. Our expert engineers team up with industry-leading mold makers, press manufactures, and automation providers to create optimal production environments. By designing the process right up front, we squeeze excess waste out of the system so customers, end-users, and generations to come don’t pay the price for manufacturer laziness.

Quality and Durability

We are disciplined to produce quality parts so they end up in a customer’s hands, not in a landfill. If we do produce a part that misses spec, robust quality processes set that part aside before leaving our factory, so the waste is limited to the damaged part instead of being incorporated into the rest of the assembly and creating more waste.

We design products that are durable to hold up to their expected life in the field. End users count on us everyday for our parts to work. From living hinge lids that last and preserve products, to plumbing connectors to keep water in the right spot, to critical components to our nation’s defense, quality design is essential to prevent waste throughout our products’ lifecycle.

Reduce Part Weight

When we can make the same quality part using less plastic, everybody wins and we contribute to a more sustainable future. Using the latest technology in computer modeling combined with advanced manufacturing knowledge, we are able to design and produce lighter weight parts than most molders.

Eliminate Post-Production Scrap

Step one of recycling is excellent post-production recycling. We incorporate recycled materials into products we produce. When our processes have produced scrap or rejected parts, we prioritize producing products in-house to turn scrap product into usable product, and when we don’t have the operations in house to do so, we partner with local recyclers who can get our excess to other manufacturers who need it.

Energy Efficiency

By investing in modern technology and pairing the ideal press with each part, we optimize energy efficiency in our facility. With the latest technology in presses, compressors, chillers, and HVAC, we produce parts with efficient inputs.


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