In 1951, Teel Plastics, Inc. was established as Insemikit Co. Insemikit was a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural implements and tools for the veterinary and emerging artificial insemination industry. The business foresaw a need for plastic tubing to replace glass insemination tubes.
In 1958, the name of the company was changed to Teel Plastics, Inc. Also during this time, Teel Plastics became a manufacturer of leak proof sampling bags used today in laboratories around the world.
Teel Plastics has grown significantly since 1958 through our commitment to meet customer needs on a consistent basis. “Meeting customer needs” has driven the company culture of continuous improvement to create skilled and experienced employees dedicated to fostering long term customer and supplier relationships. As such, Teel Plastics is able to develop significant long-standing customer alliances critical to ongoing success. Teel Plastics serves its world-wide customer base with three manufacturing facilities located within two miles of each other in Baraboo, WI.
In 1992, we embarked on the development and manufacture of fiberglass thermoset profiles and tubes to meet the needs of the utility and lawn and garden industries as well as a growing list of users who require these product characteristics.
In 1999, JLS Investment Group, Inc. acquired Teel Plastics. Under the leadership of Chairman, Jay Smith, the company has redefined its strategic direction. New corporate objectives present exciting opportunities for our business.
In 2006, Teel Plastics launched an implementation strategy for transitioning the operating culture to a lean enterprise. Training of lean techniques was conducted through classroom and practical workshops for all employees in all positions. The lean journey has been based on the philosophy of measured business metrics driving improvements in thirteen critical performance elements. The thirteen performance elements are in categories of People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Productivity and Margin.
In 2007, Teel Plastics held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new 150,000 square foot headquarters and extrusion division in Baraboo, WI. Construction on the environmentally conscious building began in September of 2006 and was completed in the summer of 2007. The new building incorporates our commitment to lean manufacturing and provides space for company-wide growth. The design of the new building and property started with a green concept using less energy and resources while providing an improved environment for employees.
Teel Plastics’ corporate headquarters is located on the 80 acres of land off Highway W at what is planned to be the gateway to Baraboo after completion of the new Highway 12 bypass. The site accommodates Teel Plastics’ new building and the Gateway Business Park. The Gateway Business Park has created space for continued business growth and new economic development.
In 2010, Teeldas, a subsidiary of Teel Plastics, opened the doors of its custom compounding and extrusion manufacturing facility. Teel Plastics continues to look for unique partnerships to develop and manufacture custom products.
In 2012, Teel Plastics sold its pultrusion division to Razor Composites LLC. 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 Plastics. 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. “We are very pleased with the interest that Razor Composites and James Hardie have shown in Teel’s pultrusion division and our new product developments. James Hardie has the network in place to take these developments to the next level. The change will allow Teel to focus more on the opportunities in its core business of plastic extrusion. This is a wonderful opportunity that will benefit the employees, Baraboo and the State of Wisconsin,” said Jay L. Smith, Chairman of Teel Plastics.
Quality has always been a cornerstone at Teel Plastics. Our 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.
Today we focus on a number of new and exciting market sectors with several product families within each. The custom thermoplastic tubing for the healthcare sector provides products for personal hygiene, medical packaging and medical device components. Industrial tubing products include water filtration tubes, automotive tubing, converting cores and packaging tubes. Our specialty sterile bags are commonly used in laboratory and food industries. In addition, Teel Plastics manufactures custom compounded and extruded products.