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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||1987||Incorporated as Team 1 Plastics, Inc. – a Michigan Injection Moldings Corporation
Three equal owners: Craig Carrel, Gary Grigowski and Jim Capo
||1987||Rented 5,000 square feet in the Albion business incubator|
|May||1988||Started production of injection molded plastics|
||1991||Won the Annual Incubator Tenant Award – Michigan Business Incubator Association|
||1992||Moved into new, 15,000 square foot facility at 927 Elliott Rd. in Albion, MI|
||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|
||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|
||2007||Sold remaining 49% interest in Team Emergent|
|Feb||2008||Plastics Business magazine cover story - "Forward Thinking at Team 1"|
||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"|
|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
|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.
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.
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.
|Sep||2013||Received award "Proudly We Hail" from Marshall Exchange Club for displaying the American Flag properly and regularly.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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
Team 1 Plastics receives Preh Supplier Award 2013 "A" Supplier
|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 News’ Best 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.|