By: Normand Forest- Executive VP and GM
I am writing this post as I come up on two milestones. One, a personal career milestone and the other a companywide milestone.
The first milestone: this week marks my 17th year of employment at Dymotek, the longest time frame in my career. My time at Dymotek (formerly Truebro) started in the late 1990’s. At that time, I was their 5th employee. Dymotek was founded in 1990 by brothers Tom and Steve Trueb. They had patented a plumbing product and wanted to begin manufacturing in their hometown of Ellington, CT. They converted an old lumber yard into a state of the art injection molding facility and this is where it all began.
In the early years of the company, we saw modest growth in both the acquisition of new molding machines and of new employees. This gave us the opportunity to invest time into our employees and allow them to grow into new positions, as the company grew. Through growth, necessity and “on the job training” operators were quickly promoted into material and process technician roles. This is something I am often reminded of when I am writing out employment anniversary cards to our associates. It seems like just yesterday I was teaching operators, who are now technicians, how to process or change molds.
Fast forward a few years, to 2004, and we were busting at the seams! We added 21,000 square feet to our facility and had over 30 employees. With the room to spread out and the personnel to support the work, we spent the next decade investing in and becoming experts in cutting edge injection molding technology, including six axis robotics and assembly cells. In addition to the investment of capital, we continued training and creating opportunity for our employees to grow internally, including RJG, Solid Works, DISC, and QBQ.
To go hand in hand with our newly added technology, space and world class associates, we embraced the new technology of molding liquid silicone rubber (LSR). Dymotek viewed this process as a strategic diversification of our core competencies for the future. As a team, we conquered all of the issues LSR molding threw at us, and can now call ourselves experts in this niche market. To this day (with great support from our owners), we place a very high importance on technology in our facility and continue to hone our silicone molding expertise.
As I celebrate my 17th anniversary at Dymotek, I can’t help but to reflect on what was and what is. This is where the second milestone comes into play. In the 1990’s I was hired as the 5th employee. Come 2014 I am happy to say Dymotek crossed the threshold and employees over 100 people. What started out as a small molding company in a renovated lumberyard now provides jobs to over 100 people, supports 100 families, specializes in very technical processes and is, once again, busting at the seams. I am humbled by the success, achievements, development, and truly incredible team that has been assembled over the years. I have been lucky enough to grow with this company, from a small molder to a world class injection molding company. It’s a very special corporation and we truly are a Dymotek Family.