Made in Milwaukee

Dutchland Plastics makes large, complex molded plastic pieces

Southeastern Wisconsin is home to a large number of plastic molding manufacturers. Many of the molders based in metro Milwaukee routinely churn out thousands of small parts, containers and components on a daily basis, using injection or blow molding.

While Dutchland Plastics Corp. in Oostburg makes its living like most plastic molding companies – as a job shop to hundreds of different customers – the company’s ability to make large-sized, low-run products sets it apart.

Using rotational molding, a technique that requires workers to manually place plastic pellets inside molds, which are then hand-clamped and put through a four-stage baking and cooling process, Dutchland routinely produces parts as large as 17 feet long made of a single piece of plastic.

“We make about 3,500 different products,” said Daven Claerbout, sales director and co-owner of the company.

To read a Made in Milwaukee profile on Dutchland, click here.

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