Quantum Plastics Appoints New President/CEO

RON EMBREEElgin, Illinois – September 15, 2017- Quantum Plastics, LLC, a global plastics manufacturer, is pleased to announce Ron Embree as the next President and Chief Executive Officer.  Embree, who currently serves as the Quantum Plastics’ President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Morris Rowlett, the company’s current CEO.  Rowlett will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

Ron Embree built River Bend Industries into the successful division that it is today.  In 2006, Embree founded River Bend Industries in Ft. Smith, Arkansas with the intent to save jobs and keep manufacturing in the United States.   Following that same business philosophy, Embree later expanded River Bend into a second manufacturing plant in Victor, Iowa.  In 2015, River Bend Industries became part of Quantum Plastics and Embree assumed the role of Quantum Plastics’ President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Ron is a renowned plastics industry veteran.  His vast experience building and growing Quantum Plastics and River Bend Industries is invaluable,” said Morris Rowlett. “I cannot think of a more natural progression in leadership.  Quantum Plastics is in a strong position and Ron is a strong leader who will seamlessly continue to grow the company.”

Since 2015, Quantum Plastics has added a total of 4 manufacturing facilities to its portfolio under former CEO Morris Rowlett’s leadership.  Embree, joined Quantum Plastics as Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and has been a key decision maker and leader within Quantum Plastics.  As Quantum Plastics’ CEO and President, Embree will direct all facets of the business including manufacturing, business development, collaboration between molding facilities and financial performance.

“Over the past few years, I’ve watched and participated in Quantum Plastics’ growth,” said Ron Embree.  “I’m excited to assume this new role and lead our creative and talented employees.  Quantum Plastics is committed to delivering quality, innovative and essential plastic parts that have a global reach.  I am committed to continuing Quantum Plastics’ momentum and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead of our great company.”

Rowlett has grown Quantum Plastics over the past few years from concept to a North American molding company consisting of 4 diverse molding divisions specializing in a variety of plastic molding operations and value-added services; starting with Master Molded Products in Elgin, IL in 2014 and most recently Plasticos Promex USA in Juarez, Mexico.  In his new capacity as Chairman, Rowlett will focus on mergers and acquisitions.  Rowlett has served on numerous boards and offers over 10 years of experience in strategic initiatives.

About Quantum Plastics

Quantum Plastics, LLC was established in 2014 and is composed of Master Molded Products, River Bend Industries, Hospitec USA, Apollo Plastics, Transfer Solutions, Plasticos Promex and 3D Plastics.  Quantum Plastics operates with the objective of being a world-class plastics company centered in the idea of offering a variety of processes within multiple product segments with a growing North American footprint.  The fundamental vision to be the undisputed leader in engineering and quality is the driving force behind Quantum Plastics.

River Bend Industries Adds Advanced Molding Presses to its Fleet

Victor, IA- May, 3, 2017- Quantum Plastics, an industry leader in plastic molding, announced that it has purchased over $1.5 million in new Absolute Haitian injection presses with Yushin and HyRobotics robots.  River Bend Industries (RBI) in Victor, IA will be receiving 5 new injection presses and River Bend Industries in Ft. Smith, AR will receive 1 new injection press to its manufacturing floor.

In the next month, the RBI Iowa location will be adding new 101, 135, 360, 528 and 1100 U.S. ton injection presses with Yushin robots while the RBI Arkansas location will be adding a new 360-ton injection press with a HyRobotics robot.  According to Regional VP of Operations, Bill Collins, “The new machines are replacing aging machines at the RBI locations.  These new presses will allow us to continue supporting our customers in the appliance and recreational vehicle business with modern equipment.”

This is the second largest investment parent company Quantum Plastics has made in its divisions.  March of 2016, Quantum Plastics invested almost $2 million in machines to support RBI molding operations.  Quantum Plastics Chief of Operations, Ron Embree stated, “Our mission is to be an undisputed leader in quality; these new machines will allow us to fine-tune our craft and better accommodate our customers with improved technology and greater efficiency.”   All of the new presses are part of the MARS II generation of energy saving servo-hydraulic line of injection presses from Absolute Haitian.

As a result of the new equipment received at the Iowa facility, Iowa’s Indian Hills Community College as well as a local Iowa high school have partnered with RBI to provide students experience in the manufacturing industry.  “Students job shadow, and work in an apprenticeship program allowing them to experience the latest technology in manufacturing,” stated Bill Collins.  “It’s great to give back and offer this kind of opportunity where we can help to mold the next generation of tool makers and manufacturing engineers.”

The Quantum Iowa location is a key source for appliance manufacturing along with a number of other parts for the consumer, recreation and utility vehicle industries.  The machines and robots join Quantum Plastics’ 30 to 3,000-ton fleet of 300 injection, insert, gas assist and blow molding presses.

 

About Quantum Plastics

Quantum Plastics, LLC was established in 2014 and is composed of 3D Plastics, Master Molded Products, River Bend Industries, Plasticos Promex USA, Hospitec USA, and Apollo Plastics.  Quantum Plastics operates with the objective of being a world-class plastics company centered in the idea of offering a variety of processes within multiple product segments with a growing footprint.  The fundamental vision to be the undisputed leader in engineering and quality is the driving force behind Quantum Plastics.  Visit quantumplastics.com to learn more.

Congratulations to our Regional HR Managers!

Quantum Plastics is pleased to announce Crystal Gonzalez, from the Master Molded Products Division, and Leah Hamilton, from the River Bend Industries Ft. Smith Division, have both been named Quantum Plastics Regional Human Resource Managers.

Crystal will continue to manage Master Molded Products and will assume the human resource role for the 3D Plastics and Plasticos Promex, USA Divisions.  Crystal began at Master Molded in March of 2012 as its first Spanish speaking Human Resource Manager.  She has excelled both inside Master Molded and out.  Crystal is certified through HRCI as a Senior Human Resources Professional and as a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional through SHRM.  These designations require many hours of coursework, a minimum of seven years of experience in human resources field and the passing of a rigorous exam.  Outside Master Molded Products, Crystal is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and sits as the Chapter President of the Illinois Fox Valley SHRM, a not for profit group providing resources to other human resource professionals.

Leah Hamilton first began with River Bend Industries in Arkansas in January of 2014, but has brought with her over 30 years of Human Resource experience in a number of capacities and had once managed over 3000 employees in 47 locations across 24 states!  In her new capacity as Regional Human Resource Manager, Leah will oversee all Human Resource activities for both River Bend Industries locations in Arkansas and Iowa.  She has devoted her entire career to Human Resources having only had 4 jobs in her working life- all in Human Resources.  She has experience creating and implementing safety and training programs to increase safety measures in the facilities she manages.   Leah has also had great success moving a previous company paperless.  Outside of RBI, Leah is a member of the Arkansas Society of Human Resource Management Chapter.

Both Leah Hamilton and Crystal Gonzalez are seasoned and respected members in the Human Resource field.  We are excited to offer them the opportunity to continue developing, leading and guiding our talented employees at each of our divisions.

CFO Lisa Fiorenza Discusses Metrics & Excellence at the 2016 Plastics Financial Summit

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Quantum Plastics CFO, Lisa Fiorenza (second from right) reviewing operational metrics and performance indicators at the 2016 Plastics Financial Summit presented by Plastics News.

On June 16, 2016, Chief Financial Officer Lisa Fiorenza joined a panel at the 2016 Plastics Financial Summit to discuss the use of key performance indicators and operational data that can be critical to assisting in the success of a plastics company.  Ms. Fiorenza highlighted the importance of quality and standards.  She also shared strategies for incorporating non-production metrics into financial operations across Quantum Plastics’ 5 divisions.  Read more about the event here.

 

Quantum Plastics Names New Director of Quality

 Elgin, Illinois – May 31, 2016- Continuing its commitment to be the undisputed leader in plastics manufacturing, Quantum Plastics has named Elizabeth Roush as Director of Quality.

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Elizabeth Roush

In her new capacity as Director of Quality, Elizabeth Roush will lead the development, implementation and ongoing management of Quantum Plastics’ quality programs and policies across all divisions, in the United States and Mexico.   She will also be responsible for obtaining and maintaining the appropriate quality certifications for each facility.  Quantum Plastics President and Chief of Operations Officer, Ron Embree, stated, “Elizabeth Roush’s knowledge and expertise are valued assets for Quantum Plastics.  We pride ourselves on being a forerunner in quality and engineering.  Her passion, flawless audit track record and skillset are critical as we continue to grow.”

Elizabeth Roush brings over 30 years of knowledge and experience to the Quantum Plastics brand.  Ms. Roush’s entire career has been in quality, where she has experienced all quality roles; from technician to manager.  For the past 12 years, she has excelled in the Quality Manager capacity at the Quantum Plastics, Master Molded Products Division in Elgin, Illinois.

Under Ms. Roush’s quality leadership, the Master Molded Products Division has earned the GMP AIB, Kosher and NSF certifications in food and safety.  Ms. Roush created the documentation and processes necessary to receive and maintain all food and safety certifications.  She has also lead and maintained both ISO and TS certifications at the Master Molded Division.

Ms. Roush’s accomplishments are many.  She is a Six Sigma Greenbelt and has earned the ISO 9001/ TS16949 and ISO 14001 Auditor Certifications.  She has also earned the Calibration, Certified Quality Technician and Certified Mechanical Inspector certifications.  Roush explains, “As a certified auditor, I am able to locate areas for improvement and have a deep understanding of the standards and regulations needed to ensure our plants run at the highest quality standard.  It is this unifying precision and attention to detail that our customers can rely on and expect at any of the five Quantum Plastics divisions.”

2 Million Invested in New Machines

Victor, Iowa – May 23, 2016- New presses and robots are replacing aging machines at the Quantum Plastics, River Bend Industries Division in Victor, Iowa.  Quantum Plastics recently added two new Absolute HAITIAN injection molding machines and two new Yushin automation robots to its manufacturing floor.

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The new state of the art equipment aligns with Quantum Plastics’ environmental initiative and uses the latest technology to manufacture detailed parts.  The new 1100 and 2000 ton presses are HAITIAN MARS Servo-Hydraulic Energy Saving Toggle Clamp machines.   Quantum Plastics President and Chief Operating Officer, Ron Embree said, “The injection presses will provide up to 20%-70% energy savings and increase our efficiency during production.  One of the most exciting features effecting our production line is the speed of the operating systems in each of the machines.  This means that any changes we make to the temperature, pressure, or speed of the press take place immediately; we are no longer waiting 2 or 3 cycles for a change to take effect.  This immediate responsiveness translates into repeatable high precision parts and allows us to offer our customers shorter lead times.”

The Quantum Plastics’ River Bend Division is a key source for appliance manufacturing along with a number of other parts for the consumer, recreation and utility vehicle industries.  The machines and robots join Quantum Plastics’ 30 to 3000-ton fleet of 230 injection, insert, gas assist and blow molding presses.

Congratulations Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa Division!

Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa Division Lands Award from Goodwill Partnership

 Victor, IA – May 17, 2016 – Goodwill of the Heartland has selected Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa Division as the recipient of its 2015 Contract Partner of the Year award. AwardFormals-04 The award is presented to businesses who partner with Goodwill to provide employment opportunities for people with specific barriers.   Companies that participate in these programs help to develop practical work skills and training for individuals who may face disabilities and other employment challenges.

Quantum Plastics Iowa has a long history with Goodwill of the Heartland.  “We began working together in 2008,” said Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa Division Manager Bill Collins.  “It is an honor to work with Goodwill and alongside such dedicated and talented individuals.  The Goodwill workers take such pride in what they do and it shows in the quality of their work.”  Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa Division is a leading plastics manufacturer for brand name appliances but also molds parts for the consumer and recreation and utility vehicle industries.

In 2015, 43 people worked 4,234 hours in Goodwill’s Contract Services Department and with Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa Division to build more than 243,000 ice chute assemblies and inspect thousands of parts.  Jessica Schamberger, Goodwill of the Heartland’s Vice President of Operations said, “The work that the River Bend Iowa Division does with our organization has a tremendous impact on the people we serve. These opportunities are changing lives.  It’s with great pleasure to honor the Quantum Plastics River Bend Iowa team.”Event-022

The award was presented on Friday, April 15 at The Edgar’s banquet at the Coralville Marriott.

About Quantum Plastics, LLC

Quantum Plastics, LLC was established in 2014 and includes Master Molded Products, River Bend Industries, Hospitec USA, Apollo Plastics, Transfer Solutions, 3D Plastics and Plasticos Promex USA.  Quantum Plastics operates with the objective of being a world-class plastics company centered in the idea of offering a variety of processes within multiple product segments with a growing footprint.  The fundamental vision to be the undisputed leader in engineering and quality is the driving force behind Quantum Plastics.  Visit http://www.quantumplastics.com to learn more.

About Goodwill of the Heartland

The mission of Goodwill of the Heartland is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence. Goodwill offers life and job skill development, work experience, job placement assistance, day habilitation, supported community living, workforce services to employers and contract manufacturing, assembly and packaging.  In 2015, Goodwill provided over 18,900 services to people with barriers in its 19-county service area. For more information, including retail, donation and service locations, please visit www.goodwillheartland.org.