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eMacomb - Spotlight on Business, Summer 2013
Omega Plastics has been selected as a “Hero of American Manufacturing” by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The national program is a celebration of small- and medium-sized manufacturers that are succeeding through the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
Based in Clinton Township, the company is a world leader in tooling and injection molding solutions for prototype and low-volume production applications. The company was founded in 1984 with just a few employees. Today it employs 45 in a 70,000 square foot facility.
The company attributes some of its growth success to assistance it received from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, host of Michigan’s MEP programs and economic development partner of the department.
MMTC offers personalized services to help manufacturers drive product and process innovation; promote company-wide operational excellence; and foster creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability. Supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, it offers MEP tested services to clients. MMTC Marketing Director Karen Seman shared, “Omega Plastics has utilized numerous employee training grants to better position their staff to meet dynamic industry challenges and opportunities.”
In June of 2012, Omega and MMTC co-hosted a best practice tour for more than 60 attendees that included NIST Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Dr. Patrick Gallagher.
Our own Deputy Director Don Morandini also participated in the tour. “Omega Plastics is a perfect example of a Macomb County company that has leveraged available public resources to help diversify their customer base and increase profitability,” said Morandini. “Our office stands ready to assist any manufacturing firm to access those same resources.”
NIST officials were so impressed that they asked MMTC to assist in the production of a Heroes of American Manufacturing video to celebrate their distinction and share their diversification efforts. NIST also produced a second video, Manufacturing Is Cool, about Omega Plastics.
Omega Plastics was the also the first to receive recognition as a “Corporate Citizen” at the first-ever Macomb Business Awards in February, 2013. It was recognized for its employee volunteer programs and its willingness to support local non-profit and faith based organizations.