Missoula Woman Honored With Highly Selective National Manufacturing Institute Award

Missoula, MT – Mrs. Wendy Koster, General Manager of Missoula based Diversified Plastics, Inc., has been awarded the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) Ahead Award celebrating women in the manufacturing industry making a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion and leadership.

A special gala presentation ceremony has been scheduled for April 11, 2019 and will take place fittingly at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Koster will be one of only 100 women selected from throughout the U.S. to receive the special recognition.

“Needless to say, we are exceptionally proud of Wendy’s accomplishment and for this special recognition of her hard work, dedication and leadership within the Diversified Plastics organization,” said Brad Reid, President. “I’d have to claim to be Wendy’s biggest cheerleader and am pleased to do all the boasting for her. If you knew her, you would realize that she is quite humble and self-effacing.”

Wendy started with Diversified Plastics in May of 2008, as the HR Director, rejoining the workforce after 15 years of fulfilling her decision to be a stay-at-home mother for her four children. Within a few years of effective and dedicated hard work, she was asked by Brad Reid to accept the position of General Manager of Diversified Plastics, Inc. Her co-workers have wholeheartedly agreed with his decision. For instance, Jasmine Rusnell, HR Coordinator, has worked for Wendy for the past five years. She says, “Wendy has truly been a role model and mentor to me. She continues to inspire me both professionally and personally.”

The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP initiative and recognition program in 2012 with the purpose of bringing attention to what manufacturers are calling the skills-gap workforce crisis and to what women can do to help fill the gap and lead the manufacturing industry solidly forward in the 21 st century. According to Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, “STEP Ahead focuses on honoring the best of the best female leaders in the manufacturing industry now and arms them with the tools needed to pay it forward and inspire, engage and mentor the next generation of women entering the workforce.”

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the NAM, drives programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jump-start new approaches to growing manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. is a family business that began in 1976 as a supplier of engineered plastic wear strips for lumber and pulp mills. From those humble beginnings, the company has grown to become a North American leader in Engineered Industrial Plastic Products throughout the US and in several International countries. They continue to innovate and look for ways to improve the life of a product or system and reduce procurement and maintenance costs. Diversified Plastics can help you choose the best process to maximize your investment. www.dpiplastics.com

Diversified Plastics, Inc. Updates Website and Moves to a .Com Address

September 12, 2018, Missoula, Montana: Diversified Plastics, Inc., a North American leader in plastics engineering and fabrication, has recently updated their website and moved the address to dpiplastics.com. In addition to offering easy-to-access information and detailed pages regarding the industries Diversified Plastics serves, the newly designed website is also mobile friendly.

New to the website is the Creative Engineering page. Diversified Plastics Engineers are innovative and ingenious problem solvers, and they have both equipment and testing capabilities to ensure products meet or exceed the specification required by the application. The engineering team is able to develop a product in its complete lifecycle from prototype to part design, to include material selection, process selection and optimization, concluding with the quality assurance phase.

Among other website enhancements, Diversified Plastics now claims a .com domain. The conversion from .net to .com brings a stronger sense of legitimacy and professionalism to the company’s web presence. This new domain name also cohesively operates with Google. Google’s search engine optimization operates with a favor toward domain’s registered under .com. Diversified Plastics’ new domain name is sure to generate an increase in website interaction and in return broaden the reach to share the company capabilities.

“We have always existed to provide solutions and improve efficiencies for our customers, and our new website is one more step toward enhancing our customer service,” states Brad Reid, Owner of Diversified Plastics. “Our current and future customers can visit our website and find a representative in their area who will review their application, determine the right part for the job, and make sure that product or component provides successful results.”

Diversified Plastics is proud to offer a spectrum of plastic manufacturing capabilities under one roof. They are also able to combine the capabilities of Custom Fabrication, Injection Molding, Machining, and Urethane Casting to create solutions for customers. They call this MultiFabTM Technology. Upon visiting the website, current and potential customers will clearly understand what sets Diversified Plastics apart from the competition.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. is a family business that began in 1976 as a supplier of engineered plastic wear strips for lumber and pulp mills. From those humble beginnings, we have grown to become a leader in plastics engineering and fabrication throughout the US and in several International countries. We continue to innovate and look for ways to improve the life of a product or system and reduce procurement and maintenance costs. We help you choose the best process to maximize your investment. 

Montana World Trade Center Member

Diversified Plastics is honored to be the Montana World Trade Center’s (MWTC) Featured Member. Through the years, our membership in the Montana World Trade Center has allowed us the benefit of growing global relationships and understanding the complexity of international export regulations. We appreciate this designation and anticipate many more years of building our business partnerships around the world.

For more information see Montana World Trade Center’s website.

Food Processing: Metal Detectable Plastic Components

Reduce Wear, Maintenance and Contamination Risk

Food processors and other industries use metal detectors to identify contamination from a variety of sources, including fragments from machinery and parts. Detecting such contamination before it leaves the plant greatly reduces liability and prevents massive recalls. In the past, that need forced processors to use metal components where plastic ones might actually wear and function better. Not any more. Diversified Plastics is pleased to introduce truly Metal Detectable Plastic Components.

Our innovative, tested process combines special additives with polymer resins to produce metal and X-Ray detectable injection molded components that are FDA approved. By incorporating these additives at precisely the right ratios, components can be easily identified by standard metal detectors and X-ray machines. Moreover, combined with proper material selection, our process actually improves wear and slide properties of components.

Features and Benefits

    • Small particles detected by standard equipment at sizes less than 1 mm in diameter.
    • Reduces liability by reducing the likelihood of contamination.
    • Reduces wear, weight and noise compared with metal components.
    • Available in a wide range of polymers and elastomers to suit any application.
    • FDA approved for food contact applications.
    • Standard resin colors are black and gray. Pigments such as red, blue, green and orange can be added.