MRPC: “Not Just Another Rust Belt Molding Shop”January 30, 2014
Plant Services recently featured a profile on MRPC’s transformation from a molded rubber and plastics corporation to the single-source provider of medical device components and assemblies we are today. The name MRPC once stood for “Molded Rubber and Plastics Corporation,” and we served a multitude of industries with molded rubber and plastics needs. Today, we focus primarily on the medical device industry and have added silicone, two-material and micro-molding to our repertoire.
To make this transformation and prove that MRPC wasn’t just another “rust belt molding shop” at risk of the Great Recession, we focused on three objectives.
We started with a SWOT analysis, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. This process allowed us to reflect on our past to better plan for the future, and enabled us to identify areas where we could grow while adapting to the needs of the industry. It enabled us to refine our areas of strength and rebuild areas that needed improvement.
To refine our processes, we first had to eliminate clutter in our physical headquarters using the 5S System, a workplace organization method that stands for Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. The process helped us to eliminate 90 years of clutter and manage with only the essentials. We regularly use this effective system today.
MRPC took the name of this stage literally and expanded our headquarters, adding 15,000 square feet including additional cleanroom space. We also expanded our team with new hires and the acquisition of ETI, a leader in silicone molding that specialized in custom liquid injection molding. With this acquisition, we extended our reach into the medical industry and across the U.S., rebranding their Florida office the MRPC Southeast Division. Under our direction, the Southeast Division has increased their monthly sales by 20 percent.
Our mission is to improve the lives of our employees, our customers, our shareholders and anyone needing medical care. By analyzing, refining and rebuilding our organization, MRPC was able to create a solid foundation to better carry out our mission. Customers now prefer working with MRPC as a one-stop shop with expertise, experience and a dedication to innovation.
When MRPC was founded in 1921, no one thought we would one day become the single-source provider of medical device components and assemblies that we are today. As Tom Hartmann says in our Plant Services profile, a successful business is not a destination, but a journey. We look forward to overcoming the next challenge that comes our way.