Samantha Quamma
By Samantha Quamma
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 17:10


When Toyota and their tier one supplier needed a gear shift indicator to match the sleek interior of their Camry line of vehicles, Elite Plastics, a division of GM Nameplate, stepped in. It was decided that the piece would be a glossy shade of piano black with a backlighting solution. A difficult combination to achieve, Elite Plastics was able to provide Toyota with an ideal solution through an extensive painting system and laser etching technology.

Learn more about this ongoing program for Toyota in our case study here.

By Samantha Quamma
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 23:00

PORTLAND, Oregon (December 11, 2015) – Tonight Dan Thurmond, president of GM Nameplate’s Elite Plastics division, won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) of the Columbia River section. This award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond to support and contribute to the plastics community. Beginning in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award has honored many members of the industry from injection molders to key suppliers. The SPE, the largest plastics professional society in the world, aims to spread scientific and engineering knowledge of the plastics industry.  

For his entire career, Dan Thurmond has been working in the plastics industry. In 1985, Dan and his business partner, Egon Steinborn, started a plastic injection molding company called Danegon and 10 years later, the business was purchased by GM Nameplate. While Dan stayed on to run GMN’s new plastic division, Egon Steinborn decided to focus on his tooling business instead and continues to do business with Elite Plastics today. Along with Dan, Egon Steinborn, was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce Cleckley, CEO of GMN, said of the award, “we are so happy the Columbia River SPE is recognizing Dan’s contribution in acknowledgement of his decades of work in the plastics industry. Dan is an outstanding example of executive leadership and an invaluable member of our team. This Lifetime Achievement award is well deserved. We are pleased the association has noticed what we experience from Dan each day.”

Dan Thurmond is an irreplaceable member of GMN and his contributions to the plastics industry throughout his career have been countless.

About Elite Plastics

Elite Plastics, a division of GM Nameplate, is the custom manufacturer of plastic parts and components with a dedicated facility of lean manufacturing experts. Elite Plastics has been manufacturing in Beaverton, Oregon for over 30 years and serves nearly every industry with plastic components. Currently, Elite Plastics’ plastic capabilities include plastic injection molding, compression molding, plastic machining, plastic and elastomer decoration, and value-added assemblies.


Edward Lafferty
By Edward Lafferty
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 14:05

In the past year, Elite Plastics has added three new injection molding machines to its equipment list in Beaverton, Oregon. As a plastic molder, this new equipment is essential to provide our customers with the capabilities needed to manufacture their parts. These new machines, one 55 ton machine and two 220 ton machines, are upgraded with new technology and are equipped with tighter tolerances to produce more consistent parts.

This equipment was ordered to specifically meet Elite Plastics specifications so that we can continue to serve our customers to our best ability. Injection molding is a core capability of Elite Plastics and leveraging new state-of-the-art machinery allows us to provide greater precision and better parts.

As our business grows, Elite Plastics is building on our current capabilities to offer more advanced technologies. Plans are in motion to invest in over four new machines in the next year to continue evolving our processes and updating machinery to meet customer project needs. 

Dan Klein
By Dan Klein
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:56

Two new ultrasonic welding machines have been added to the equipment list in the Elite Plastics facility. Ultrasonic welding is a process in which sound vibration is used to adhere an insert to plastic or plastic to plastic. This technology has many advantages over other processes and is typically chosen because it is more precise, has faster cycle times, is easier to set-up for production, the tooling involved is less expensive, the machines are smaller, and it can be done either as a standalone operation or at the molding machine during the molding process.

Because ultrasonic welding is used for a wide variety of applications, there are many variables to consider when determining whether this technology should be chosen. To decide whether ultrasonic welding is the right option for a project, the team at Elite Plastics looks at factors of the part design including part function, material, cosmetic requirements, and part size.

A good example of the advanced capabilities of ultrasonic welding can be seen through a plastic bezel that Elite Plastics manufactured for a large medical technology corporation. This complex piece used four different inserting operations, each with different heights and locations. Ultrasonic welding was able to meet the customer’s project requirements with reduced set-up times, reduced handling and movement, one piece flow operation (also known as lean manufacturing), and better quality.

Guest Blogger
By Guest Blogger
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 11:13

Last week, Elite Plastics was featured in an article published by Beaverton Valley Times for hosting a group of local high school students for an MFG Day event. The article can be read here!

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