NEDA Conference Plant Tour

Aug. 30, 2021 – Sidney, Nebraska was chosen as the site location for the 2021 NEDA (Nebraska Economic Developers Association) Annual Conference. Over 190 people from all over the state registered for this 3-day event.

NEDA is an association of professional economic developers dedicated to the prosperous growth of Nebraska’s business climate. NEDA’s purpose is to foster economic development in Nebraska, encourage the advancement of the expertise of its members, foster cooperation among economic development professionals, and to afford professional economic developers a vehicle for assembly and collective expression. The purpose of the Conference is to connect with other economic developers and professionals from across the state. The Conference consisted of Business Tours at Agri-Plastics, Freedom Yurts and NexGen Outfitters as well as a Golf Tournament. In addition, the Conference consisted of guest speakers discussing leading education programming, ideas, and networking opportunities for the attendees.

Over 30 people came for the plant tour. 

“We think it’s very important to make these connections with groups from the entire state”, stated Darren VanBuuren. “Our custom rotomolding division is growing but we are still fairly new to this area. This conference was an excellent opportunity to showcase our production capabilities and the diverse product lines that we produce.”

For more information about NEDA, go to: https://www.neda1.org

If you are interested in creating or producing plastic custom rotomolding products, please contact our Sales Manager, Bruce Smith at bruce@apcustommolding.com or call us at 1-308-254-1137.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley Visits Agri-Plastics

May 5, 2021 – Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley made a stop in Sidney on Tuesday, May 4th, and toured the Agri-Plastics plant. The City of Sidney’s Economic Development Manager, Melissa Norgard also came along for the tour. The Lieutenant Governor’s tour of Sidney included stops at five other Sidney businesses, many of which received aid from the state in their opening or development. The purpose of the tour was to see how area businesses were managing after Covid, the challenges with the current economic landscape, and opportunities to promote Nebraska’s plastic manufacturing capabilities to the U.S. as well as worldwide companies.

Darren VanBuuren showed him the recent developments inside the plant, including the newest Ferry rotomolding machine. Rainwater barrels, portable sink washing stations, and trash can liners are now also being produced in the Sidney plant.

Because of the growing custom rotomolding projects that have come in the past few months, Agri-Plastics is actively hiring 2nd and 3rd shift Machine Operators.

Throughout the Sidney tour, Foley said several commonalities and patterns stuck out to him. “Workforce availability is a big issue in Nebraska,” Foley said. “This is a national issue, really, but it’s more acute in Nebraska.” Foley said the workforce issue comes down to pipelines of workers. It’s important to showcase factory jobs to kids as young as middle school. “We don’t want to lose them to other states. We need the warm bodies in Nebraska,” Foley said. “And when kids realize there are great jobs here with good paychecks and good benefits, they’ll be inclined to stay and live a good life.”

If you are interested in joining a growing company with competitive wages, incentives and benefits, please email us today at hr@agri-plastics.net, call us at 308-254-1137, or come on site to pick up an application at 701 East Elm Street, Sidney, NE 69162.

Source: https://starherald.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/lt-gov-foley-surveys-sidney-businesses/article_d9a49382-cf96-51b4-bb7f-4364a0081647.html

New Name, New Logo, New Machine!

April 1, 2021 – AP Custom Rotomolding, a global leader in rotomolding plastic products, is rapidly expanding! With one manufacturing plant in Sidney, Nebraska and one in Grassie, Ontario, this long-time division of Agri-Plastics, Group of Companies, decided it was time for some updates: AP Custom Rotomolding changed its name to Agri-Plastics Custom Rotomolding, and now has a new logo. And in the subject of change and growth, we recently added a Ferry 220 Rotomolding Machine to our manufacturing plant in Sidney, Nebraska.

“With our business in the United States increasing, we needed more horsepower to produce rotomolded products for our customers,” states Darren VanBuuren, CEO and President of Agri-Plastics. “This new rotomolding machine will allow us to produce a high volume of product in a short amount of time. This will be our 9th machine in the Sidney fleet.”

The 220 Rotomolding Machine has four independent arms. It has a greater capacity to produce smaller, high-volume, custom rotomolded product. 

While this machine can create smaller products, putting it together was no small task. After the truck arrived with the unassembled machine, the next step was offloading and organizing. Then the team went to work and put it all back together. Next was the testing phase. We used our existing smaller molds and ensuring that everything was in working order. And today, we are now up and running. See our journey in the photo gallery below, and a video of the machine in action!

If you are interested in learning more about Agri-Plastics Custom Rotomolding, visit our website at apcustommolding.com. You can also contact us at info@apcustommolding.com or 1-888-231-3575.