In 1951, Teel Plastics, Inc. was established as Insemikit Co. Insemikit was a specialty manufacturer and distributor of agricultural implements and tools for the veterinary and emerging livestock artificial insemination industry. The business foresaw a need for plastic tubing to replace glass insemination tubes.
In 1958, the company changed its name to Teel Plastics, Inc. Also during this time, Teel became a manufacturer of liquid proof sampling bags used today in laboratories around the world.
The company has grown significantly since 1958 through its commitment to meet customer needs on a consistent basis. “Meeting customer needs” drives the company culture of continuous improvement to create skilled and experienced employees dedicated to fostering long term customer and supplier relationships. Teel has developed significant long-standing customer alliances critical to ongoing success. Teel serves its worldwide customer base with three manufacturing facilities located in Baraboo, WI.
In 1992, the company embarked on developing and manufacturing fiberglass thermoset profiles to meet the needs of the utility and lawn and garden industries as well as the fenestration market.
In 1999, Jay Smith and his two children, Jason Smith and Brynna London, acquired Teel Plastics. Under the leadership of its new Chairman, Jay Smith, the company has redefined its strategic direction. New corporate objectives based on a four part strategy that focuses on talent, supply chain management, customer-focused innovation, and continuous improvement have presented exciting opportunities for the organization.
In 2006, Teel launched an initiative to further transition the culture to an expanded lean enterprise. Lean technique training was conducted through classroom and practical workshops for all employees across every position. The lean culture is based on the philosophy of measured business metrics driving improvements in thirteen critical performance elements.
In 2007, Teel held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 150,000 sq. ft. headquarters and expanding extrusion division in Baraboo. Construction on the environmentally conscious building began in September of 2006 and was completed in the summer of 2007. The new building incorporates Teel’s commitment to lean manufacturing and provides space for company-wide growth. The new building’s design started with a green concept using less energy and resources while providing an improved work environment for employees.
Teel’s new headquarters are located in Teel’s new 80 acre Gateway Business Park in Baraboo, WI. The Gateway Business Park creates space for continued business growth and new economic development for the Baraboo area.
In 2010, TeelDas, a subsidiary of Teel, opened the doors of its custom compounding and extrusion manufacturing facility. The facility is dedicated to the manufacture of a custom product for worldwide distribution using a proprietary process developed in conjunction with a Fortune 500 company. Teel continues to look for unique partnerships to develop and manufacture custom products. One such partnership has been in existence for over 60 years.
In 2012, Teel sold its Pultrusion Division to Razor Composites, LLC. Razor Composites is owned by James Hardie Industries, which is a $1.25 billion dollar international fiber cement building products company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. After an exhaustive search of pultruders in the US and Canada, James Hardie determined that Teel’s Pultrusion Division was foremost among its competitors. Exceptional engineering, product knowledge, and a first class ISO 9001 certified pultrusion facility aided in Razor Composites’ decision to purchase the growing pultrusion division from Teel.
Quality has always been a cornerstone at Teel. Teel’s commitment to quality was formalized in 1997 with our certification to the ISO 9001:1994 standard. In 2003 the Quality Management System was certified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard. In 2009 the Quality Management System was certified to the ISO 9001: 2008 revision.
In 2013, Teel Analytical Laboratories, a division of Teel, received certification to the ISO 17025 standard for analytical laboratories. The certification, which was obtained from Perry Johnson Laboratory Associates, marks the organization as a first-class laboratory in the area of material science and polymer analysis. Teel Analytical Laboratories offers confidential analysis services and consulting with a focus on polymer analysis.
Today, our business focuses is on technology driven products and exciting new markets with several unique product families within each. The custom products for the healthcare sector focus on personal hygiene, medical packaging, and medical device components. Industrial products include water filtration, automotive, converting industry and packaging, as well as consumer products such as cosmetics and pencils. The Laboratory Sampling Products division continues to develop innovative sampling bag products for new customer uses. In addition, Teel manufactures custom compounds and does custom compounding.