Capabilities forged by legacy
Jim Holbrook, President, and CEO of Premier Plastics, started the company in September of 1989. He had been in the thermoforming industry for about ten years before that, working for other companies before acquiring the assets he needed to build his own company. The company has grown organically ever since. Their solutions boast multiple high-speed forming lines with flexible real-time capabilities, an in-house tooling department, state–of–the–art rapid prototyping, and a certified cleanroom. Premier Plastics is also cGMP compliant and ISO 9001:2015 certified, as well as registration with FDA and USDA.
The company uses its high-end capabilities to operate via a very hands-on and interactive approach with their clients. Right from the initial meeting with the client, Premier Plastics will learn their pain points.
With full turnkey, full in-house design and tooling capabilities, Premier Plastics has total control on its quality and speed to market, from design and prototyping to the final design and production tooling
“We pride ourselves in our processes, and it starts with the D, which is what we call discovery. We want to discover everything about the project, understand it, and identify the company’s goals for that particular product,” states Holbrook.
Cutting Edge Tech Meets Cutting Edge Operations
When it comes to engagement with clients, Premier Plastics’ discovery process entails up to two meetings, depending on the engineering complexity and different departments involved. In the next phase, Premier Plastics brings in their in-house design and engineering team to take concepts and create a design and prototypes that can be presented to the client. After this, Premier Plastics is fully engaged with the client and go into tooling and engineering. With full turnkey, full in-house design and tooling capabilities, Premier Plastics has total control on its quality and speed to market, from design and prototyping to the final design and production tooling. Once production tool-ing is complete, the company follows through to validation of that tooling with the client. Upon subsequent approval, the product rolls into production. All of this happens on a pretty strict time-line depending on the client’s needs.
We pride ourselves in our processes, and it starts with the D, which is what we call discovery
Having scripted many such success stories, the future looks bright for Premier Plastics. The company is currently expanding one of its core divisions, which is nutraceuticals, i.e., vitamins, tablets, capsules, and retail packaging. Premier Plastics is fully licensed with the state, registered with the FDA and their medical device packaging division is in expansion mode right now. They invested $1.5 million in equipment last year and close to $2 million with support equipment. This year they’re looking to invest another two and a half million in capital expenditures to increase their throughput volumes with some medical device clients. The company is currently estimating a 20 to 30 percent growth in their just day-to-day standard business. Premier Plastics is thus on a trajectory of growth and future development toward greater success.