Successfully "Manufacturing Time" Leads to Manufacturer of the Year Honors for Nicolet Plastics, Inc.

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With a clear mission to be fast, fluid and flexible, Nicolet Plastics is driving growth with Quick Response Manufacturing and a relentless emphasis on lead-time reduction for complex plastic parts.

Nicolet Plastics, Inc.

“Our customers are experiencing how we manufacture time for them, reducing lead times and reducing their costs with our commitment to Quick Response Manufacturing."

Nicolet Plastics, Inc. was recently recognized with highest honors in the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Awards at the Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida.

These awards were presented by the Manufacturing Leadership Community, part of Frost & Sullivan. Nicolet Plastics won awards for Operational Excellence and top honors for Manufacturer of the Year. It was their success turning global competitive challenges into growth opportunities and ability to thrive in times of rapid change that gained this distinction among a national audience.

Nicolet Plastics was selected as the Small Manufacturer of the Year for its success in reinventing itself as an ultra-responsive provider of low- and moderate-volume parts in the face of rising global competition using a system called Quick Response Manufacturing to improve every part of the company. The goal was to exploit a competitive advantage in a marketplace that has been focused on long run production, piece part optimization.

The Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.

Nicolet Plastics Inc. and Ford Motor Company were both recipients of the Manufacturer of the Year honors, and were recognized for having carried out the most transformative projects reviewed this year by the ML100 panel of industry judges. Nicolet was selected as the top overall project from among all 2013 ML100 Award winners with annual revenues of under $1 billion. Ford Motor Company was recognized for companies with annual revenues of over $1 billion.

“On behalf of all the employees of Nicolet Plastics who helped win this award, thank you,” said Bob Macintosh, the company’s president and CEO. “Our customers are experiencing how we manufacture time for them, reducing lead times and reducing their costs with our commitment to Quick Response Manufacturing. It’s exciting to see that success and improvement recognized by the Manufacturing Leadership Community.”

Nicolet was also winner of the Operational Excellence Award with their embrace and successful implementation of QRM. This has transformed production processes and systems, enhancing agility and reducing costs. Total Product Solutions and continuous improvement principles have streamlined operations throughout the organization, leading to overall effectiveness and profitability. Additional winners of the Operational Excellence Award were Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co and Deere & Co.

About Nicolet Plastics, Inc.

Nicolet Plastics, Inc. is a Wisconsin based custom plastics injection molder focused on being the Fast, Fluid, and Flexible Custom Injection Molder of Choice. They engineer and produce injection molded products and tooling for clients that are highly complex, low to moderate in volume, and are critical components. Nicolet Plastics, Inc. follow the manufacturing philosophy of Quick Response Manufacturing, and are a Total Product Solutions provider.

Nicolet Plastics works closely with the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to reduce lead times and improve response times in all facets of business. This effort allows for smaller lot sizes at pricing that previously applied only to long runs and high volumes. This translates into lower inventories and improved cash flow for Nicolet Plastics' valued partners.

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