History

In the mid 1980s, three young plastic engineers (Gary, Craig and Jim) had a common dream of starting a world class plastic molding company. They saw the need for someone to supply the international automotive suppliers setting up operations in the Midwest. Although they had a passion for plastic injection molding, they lacked the capital necessary to bring their dream to reality. Undeterred by the sad, empty state of their pockets, the three engineers went to family and friends to raise the capital. Eventually, they managed to gather the $110,000 necessary to start building their plastic injection molding company.

Soon, everything was set up to begin production of injection mold plastic. Unfortunately, business was slow at first for the new company. They made their first profit after 18 months which was just in time since all but $2,000 of the original capital was gone. After getting up and running, Team 1 Plastics took off at a remarkable speed. In 1993, Team 1 was the 101st company in Inc. Magazine’s top 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States!

Throughout all the ups and downs that Team 1 has experienced, they have never lost their passion for plastic injection moldings and producing better and better molding products.

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Timeline

 
May 
1987      Incorporated as Team 1 Plastics, Inc. – a Michigan Injection Moldings Corporation
Three equal owners: Craig Carrel, Gary Grigowski and Jim Capo
Sep
1987 Rented 5,000 square feet in the Albion business incubator
May 1988 Started production of injection molded plastics
Jun
1991 Won the Annual Incubator Tenant Award – Michigan Business Incubator Association
Jun
1992 Moved into new, 15,000 square foot facility at 927 Elliott Rd. in Albion, MI
Oct
1993 Named 101st fastest growing company in Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States over a five year period
Aug 1994 Converted to a four shift – 24/7 production schedule
Jan 1995 Completed plant expansion to 25,000 square feet
Feb 1997  Received first 150 ton Nissei vertical molding machine at the Team 1 Michigan facility for ASMO North Carolina insert molding project
Nov 1997 Named Albion Public Schools Business Partner of the year
Jan 1998 Developed 1st activity based quote model with John Daly
May 1998 Began production of insert molding components for ASMO North Carolina at Team 1 Carolina in Greensboro, NC
Nov 1998 Expanded warehouse by 20,000 square feet with the purchase of the 925 Elliott Rd. building
Jan 1999 Implemented open-book bonus program and began sharing financial information with all team members
May
2000 Formed minority joint venture company, Team Emergent, to service ASMO North Carolina
Apr 2002 Obtained ISO/QS 9000 certification
Oct 2002 Merged Team 1 Carolina into Team Emergent after Team Emergent bought 51% of their assets
Jan 2004 Changed to two owners after Jim Capo left to pursue other opportunities. His interest was purchased by Craig and Gary
Feb 2004 Moved Team Emergent to a larger facility in High Point, NC
Feb 2005 Obtained TS 16949 certification
Jul
2007 Sold remaining 49% interest in Team Emergent
Feb 2008 Plastics Business magazine cover story -  "Forward Thinking at Team 1"
Jun
2008 Received 2007 Nissan Forklift Spirit Award
Jun 2009 Presented "Pricing for Profitability - Activity Based Pricing for Competitive Advantage" at National Plastics Exposition (NPE) in Chicago
Feb 2010 Plastics Business magazine article - "Pricing for Profitability" pricing for profitability
Mar 2010 Passed TS 16949 recertification audit
May 2010 Passes 3,500 days without lost time accident
Jan 2011 Received award for "Outstanding Customer Service Performance in 2010" from MANN+HUMMEL USA

                                                                     MANN+HUMMEL Award for "Outstanding Customer Service Performance in 2010"

Apr 2011 Featured in City of Albion's "Open for Business" video.
Jun 2011 Featured in NFIB video on Unemployment Insurance.
Oct  2011  Craig Carrel featured in Plasticsnews.com and Plastics Business Magazine for speaking at the MAAP's Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference 
Feb  2013  Achieved "4,500" days without a lost time accident.
Team Member Photo 4,500 Safety Days (2)
Apr 2013


Craig Carrel participated in Antec 2013 Conference and Tradeshow in Cincinnati, Ohio. Craig along with other plastics professionals was part of a panel that discussed the use of social media within the plastics industry. His focus was on Team 1’s use of video on their website.
May 2013
Team 1 Plastics Introduction Video

Aug 2013 The Silver Achievement Safety Award for 2012 was given to Team 1 Plastics by the Society of the Plastics Industry, SPI - the Plastics Industry Trade Association. Team 1 Plastics accomplished no accidents resulting in the lost time or restricted activity during the calendar year 2012.

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Sep 2013  Received award "Proudly We Hail" from Marshall Exchange Club for displaying the American Flag properly and regularly.

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Oct 2013 Craig Carrel, Dianna Brodine from Peterson Publications, and Dana Foster from Thogus Products presented on the use of social media in marketing for plastic manufacturing companies at the annual MAPP benchmarking conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Feb 2014 Team 1 Plastics was named 2014 'Best Places to Work in Plastics' during an inaugural awards program by Plastics News. Team 1 ranked #7 among companies in the plastics industry in the United States and Canada. Gary Grigowski is pictured with Don Loepp, Editor of Plastics News. Photo courtesy of The Gallery Studios.

Gary Grigowski Vice President Team 1 Plastics and Don Loepp Editor Plastics News

Mar 2014
 
Team 1 Plastics Automotive Focus Video                                                                                   
 
May 2014 The Silver Achievement Safety Award for 2013 was given to Team 1 Plastics by the Society of the Plastics Industry, SPI - the Plastics Industry Trade Association. Team 1 Plastics accomplished no accidents resulting in the lost time or restricted activity during the calendar year 2013.

2013 Silver Achievement Safety Award

Jun  2014  Passes 5,000 days without a lost time accident.
Jul 2014  Craig Carrel appears on The Bart Hawley Show on JTV.

Sep 2014 Team 1 Plastics Driven By Technology

 

Sep 2014

Team 1 Plastics receives Preh Supplier Award 2013 "A" Supplier

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Feb 2015 Named Best Places to Work in Plastics by Plastics News for second year in a row.
Mar 2015 Safety record included in Plastics News Now video.
Mar 2015 Craig Carrel featured in National Federation of Independent Business' website.
May 2015 Featured as the lead cover story of Plastics News' May 4, 2015, edition.
May 2015 Featured in Plastics Business.
Oct 2015 Included on the 2015 list of Inc. magazine's prestigious 5000 List.
Nov 2015 Achieved 5500 days without a lost-time accident. 
Dec 2015 Began 3500 square foot expansion of plant.
Jan 2016 Released "Welcome to Team 1 Plastics " video.
Feb 2016 Featured as cover story of Manufacturing & Distribution Executive (MDE) magazine's Winter 2016 edition.
Feb 2016 Recertified to the ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard. 
Feb 2016 Named Plastics NewsBest Places to Work for third straight year.
May 2016 Held Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate completion of 3500 square expansion of plant.
May 2016 Held Open House for Customers and Community and released History video and video of Expansion.
Mar 2016 Received Bronze Performance Supplier Award for 2015 from Yanfeng Automotive Interiors.
Aug 2016 Featured in Summer 2016 edition of Plastics Business.
Sep 2016 Awarded Gold Distinguished Safety Award for 2015 by Plastics Industry Association.
Dec 2016 Featured Manufacturer of the Week by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center's (MMTC) Proud to Manufacture in Michigan Program.
Mar 2017 Received Distinguished Supplier Award for 2016 fromYanfeng Automotive Interiors.
Apr 2017 Hosted 30th Anniversary Celebration Event for Team Members and released Team Member Success and Championship Dream videos.