About Us

About Us

Teel Plastics has grown significantly through its commitment to meet customer needs on a consistent basis. “Providing quality and service second to none” drives a company culture of continuous improvement and helps foster skilled and experienced employees dedicated to long-term customer and supplier relationships.  Teel is proud of our long-standing alliances.  These relationships are critical to our ongoing success.  The company serves a worldwide customer base from three manufacturing facilities located in Baraboo, WI.
 
Teel’s History

  • 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 the emerging livestock artificial insemination industry. The business foresaw a need for plastic tubing to replace glass tubes.
  • In 1958, the company changed its name to Teel Plastics, Inc. to reflect its new focus on the manufacture of plastic products.  Also during this time, Teel became a manufacturer of innovative sampling bags still used today in laboratories around the world.
  • During the 1970s and 1980s, Teel added on to its product facility numerous times to grow and meet market demand.  Teel began to design and build some of its own manufacturing equipment at this time as well.
  • In 1992, the company embarked on developing and manufacturing fiberglass thermoset profiles to meet the needs of the utility, lawn and garden, and fenestration industry through creation of its Pultrusion Division.  Teel continued to invest in the division, eventually become a recognized industry leader in the space.
  • In 1997, Teel was certified to ISO 9001.  This was an important step for Teel in showing our commitment to quality and dedication to customer satisfaction.  Teel has maintained its ISO certification ever since.  
  • In 1999, Jay Smith and his two children, Jason Smith and Brynna London, acquired Teel Plastics. Under its new leadership, the company redefined its strategic direction. New corporate objectives based on a four-part strategy focusing on talent, supply chain management, customer focused innovation, and continuous improvement presented exciting opportunities for the organization.
  • In 2006, Teel launched an initiative to transform the culture and expand lean enterprise thinking. Lean technique training was conducted through classroom and practical workshops for all employees across every position.  Lean culture is based on the philosophy of measured business metrics driving improvements for critical performance elements.  Teel continues this work today by sending employees to Yellow Belt and Black Belt training.
  • In 2007, Teel held an opening ceremony for its newly completed 150,000 sq. ft. headquarters and state of the art manufacturing location 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 provided space for company-wide growth. The new building’s design focuses on environmental sustainability and employee wellbeing.  The design incorporated many energy and resource saving technologies while providing an improved work environment for employees.
  • In 2010, TeelDas was formed.  TeelDas is dedicated to the manufacture of a custom compounded and extruded product for worldwide distribution.  The product is produced using a proprietary process developed in conjunction with a Fortune 500 company. Teel prides itself on forming unique partnerships to develop and manufacture custom products.
  • In 2012, Teel sold its Pultrusion Division to Razor Composites, LLC. Razor Composites is owned by James Hardie Industries, a $1.25 billion dollar international fiber cement building products company. After an exhaustive search of pultruders in North America, James Hardie determined that Teel’s Pultrusion Division was foremost among its competitors. Exceptional engineering, product knowledge, facility design, and a first class ISO 9001 certified quality system drove James Hardie to buy Teel Pultrusion as a base for continued expansion.
  • In 2013, Teel Analytical Laboratories, a division of Teel, received certification to the ISO 17025 standard for analytical laboratories and began offering its services to customers. The certification 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.
  • In 2016, Teel Plastics was named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year for its performance during 2015.  The prestigious award compared Teel against companies in the manufacturing field throughout Wisconsin.  Teel was judged on sixteen different categories that included everything from profit and customer satisfaction to employee engagement and community involvement.  Teel is honored to have been recognized as a leader in its home state.
  • In 2018, Teel’s quality system was certified to the ISO 13485 standard for medical devices.  This standard is internationally recognized as the mark of quality systems for companies that produce medical devices.  The certification was the culmination of two years of continuous work on improving all areas of the business.  It is part of a strategy with renewed focus on growth in the medical market.

Today

Our business focuses on technology driven products and exciting new markets with unique product families. Custom products for the healthcare sector focus on personal hygiene, medical packaging, flexible PVC tubing, medical device components, and cosmetic pencils.  Industrial products include water treatment, automotive, converting cores, pipe, and packaging. 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.