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April 1, 2021 23 min

“I think most people who would be listening to this have probably interacted with one of our products at least once and I don’t know whether to say your welcome or I’m sorry depending on your opinion of the (testing) kit, but it’s obviously a critical part of what we make and that is medical swab sticks, our market that we’ve been in for over 40 years.” – Christian Herrild | Director of Growth Strategies | Teel Plastics 

In the third episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we feature Teel Plastics out of Baraboo, Wisconsin. In March 2020, Teel was asked by Vice President Mike Pence’s office to increase COVID-19 test kit production. In Response, Teel adjusted its priorities to increase production of swab stick handles for test kits. Throughout the episode, we learn how the company went from producing 100 million per month to an increased capacity of 200 million per month in 2021 and what other critical PPE the company has been manufacturing in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our Guest joining us for this episode is Christian Herrild, Director of Growth Strategies of Teel Plastics who is an experienced sales and marketing professional working in the plastics industry. Tune in to this episode as we discuss with Christian on how Teel Plastics ramped up production for medical swab sticks for testing kits and PPE while also experiencing business growth in 2020. 

In this episode we answer: 

  • Tell us about the company and what Teel Plastics does. (1:52)
  • How did you ramp up production for the medical swab sticks for testing kits? (3:27)
  • What does it mean to Teel, your employees and the community of Baraboo to produce these swab sticks? How has it impacted the business? (5:52)
  • What other PPE products has Teel Plastics produced in 2020? (8:33)
  • Where do you see the future for Teel in 2021 and beyond? (14:06)
  • Generally, where do you see the manufacturing industry going in Wisconsin moving forward? (17:51)
  • In next week’s episode, we are going to be talking with Bill Berrien, CEO of Pindel Global Precision and Found of PRODx. Plus, we will also hear from Jon Close, President of Linetec. We will learn more about their stories in 2020 and discuss the future of manufacturing in Wisconsin. 

    If you found value in this episode or want to hear the stories from Wisconsin manufacturers, please hit that subscribe button and share it with your peers. We really want to showcase all the good news stories of how manufacturing was critical in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” is brought to you by Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year, a premier annual awards program celebrating excellence in manufacturing in the state of Wisconsin. Thank you to our program sponsors Baker Tilly, Michael Best and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC).


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