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Tru-Form Featured in KCAL News

Tru-Form Plastics Featured on CBS News in Los Angeles

In case you missed it, Tru-Form Plastics was featured on the news! We were fortunate to share our story behind our shift during the production of plastic face shields for medical workers and staff working on the frontlines. We’re now producing over 100,000 per day, working 24-hour shifts, 6 days a week, We are excited to be ramping up production even more!

Tru-Form Plastics Goode for Smart Industry

Pivoting to Mass Produce PPE for Frontlines Medical Professionals, By Jim Goode, American Innotek

To help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) as hospitals, businesses and communities aim to protect against the continued spread of COVID-19, many companies across the country have taken tremendous initiatives to pivot their businesses to develop and produce masks and shields by the thousands. These producers range from businesses who already manufactured medical equipment (like ours) to companies whose typical function is way outside of the medical device space (like Nike).

Regardless of the magnitude of new PPE producing processes, making this change requires organizational agility in order to support the production of a new product, maintain demands for typical business functions and ensure the employees needed for production are taken care of in a global pandemic. At Tru-form Plastics, we added staff to support a 6-day work week and produce more than 100,000 face shields per day. Here are some of the lessons we’ve taken from that shift.

Listen to Health Professionals

When our engineering & tooling manager, Ed Hentges, was approached to develop a PPE shortage solution, he immediately got with the director of the supply chain at a local hospital to brainstorm the face shield. Once an original prototype was designed, he went to the hospital to work directly with doctors and nurses and made adjustments until a workable solution was in place. Rather than making assumptions or waiting for delays by mailing the mask, he was able to quickly design the best solution with hands-on feedback, which allowed us to go from concept to the production line in just a few days.

Nimble Staffing Decisions

To support mass production of a new product – on top of existing manufacturing needs – it’s important to ensure flexibility in staffing decisions. For us, this included the addition of more than 60 temporary workers in our Southern California facilities. We are also fortunate to have an amazing workforce who were also willing to be flexible with their schedules as we added new shifts to allow for 24-hour production, 6 days per week. 

While it’s one thing for your business to have flexibility, it’s also essential to empower your employees to have more flexibility to meet these needs, especially in the context of a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders. Beyond asking for availability to adjust schedules for our new shifts, we are also asking employees to be away from their families, which could create challenges for parents with no school or daycare options. To address this, we established an on-site daycare that is free for our employees. Of course, this requires many best practices to ensure responsible social distancing, and the end-result is a great solution for the kids to enjoy safe, outside stimulation while parents are working. 

Prioritize Additional Work Functions

While it would be great to take an all-hands-on-deck approach to addressing PPE needs, businesses always have other responsibilities to their existing customers. Businesses can redistribute their talent in a strategic way to ensure essential priorities are still adequately staffed even though the additional production of PPE is underway. 

Our Brief Relief urine bags and Disposa-John solid waste bags remain in high demand as the military stocks up to create a safe and healthy place for people to use the bathroom as it prepares field hospitals to help with the COVID-19 outbreak. With that in mind, we’ve made every effort to ensure those lines don’t see any reduction in staffing and resources – creating quality products on every line running in the plant.

 

Jim Goode is the president of American Innotek, the parent company of Tru-Form Plastics. 

Tru-Form Plastics Now Manufacturing Face Shields

COVID-19 Face Shield Datasheet

Tru-Form Plastics is pleased to put its 30+ years of plastic thermoforming experience into providing face shields to the medical industry. We collaborated with doctors and nurses to design this face shield to their specific requirements. For more information regarding face shields for medical workers, please contact us at: 714-894-5566.

COVID-19 Face Shield Datasheet

We’re Re-Certified for 2020!

Tru-Form Plastics has renewed our AS1900 Certification! The new certificate includes Medical, Automotive and Commercial products in our Scope. We’re happy to continue to provide top tier services to all customers in these respective industries.

You can view the certificate here: AS1900 Certificate

Tru-Form Plastics Offers Comprehensive Support for 2020 Thermoforming Projects

Engineering and design teams collaborate with clients for customized, competitive solutions.

WESTMINSTER, Calif., December 12, 2019 – As the year comes to a close, many companies are already developing product ideas for 2020 and beyond. The development phase is an ideal time for Tru-Form Plastics to engage and provide a wide range of planning assistance for all types of thermoforming projects in the medical, aerospace, consumer product, automotive and other industries.


Tru-Form Plastics takes a comprehensive approach to preproduction project planning, addressing issues with form, fit or manufacturability from the outset to make sure the end product meets the needs of the marketplace. Among the support Tru-Form Plastics provides companies at the initial stages of development include:

  • Out-of-the-Box Solutions: Tru-Form Plastics’ team of engineers work with clients to provide design advice and technical support for the most innovative solutions.
  • Tool Building: The team at Tru-Form Plastics advises clients on the best tool design for various applications as well as specific attributes like detailed or textured parts.
  • Material Selection: Tru-Form Plastics helps identify the right choice of materials for optimal function and appearance to support clients’ objectives as well as cost effectiveness.

Once a client finalizes an approach, Tru-Form Plastics offers 3D rapid prototyping to create true-to-life parts of any kind with superb accuracy. This step allows for design verification, reduces design time and avoids costly trial and error processes before manufacturing.

“As companies embark on new ideas in the New Year, we stand ready to support them with detailed planning support to take their great invention to implementation,” said Tru-Form Plastics President Jim Goode.

Located in Southern California, the company is a leader in both thin- (.012” to .085”) and heavy-gauge (.080” to .500”) thermoforming and has helped organizations of all sizes – from leading global companies to small start-ups – with design, production and assembly.

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County. Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Creative Approach on Display at Tru-Form Plastics PACK EXPO Booth

Participants invited to ask about solutions for specific products.

WESTMINSTER, Calif., September 19, 2019 – Known for translating clients’ inspiration into reality, custom thermoforming packaging manufacturer Tru-Form Plastics is excited to share its end-to-end process with attendees at this year’s PACK EXPO September 23-25 in Las Vegas to give visitors the opportunity to explore packaging solutions for their specific products.

“With in-house design, tooling and rapid prototypes, we can work with PACK EXPO participants to take their ideas from concept to completion quickly and cost effectively,” explained Tru-Form Plastics Director of Innovation John Hoffman. “At booth N-535, we will be displaying a selection of packaging and enclosures and conducting private consultations – no appointment needed – to discuss possibilities for collaboration on current and future projects.”  

Headquartered in Southern California, Tru-Form Plastics works with leading companies in various industries, including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive and consumer. The company provides comprehensive design, production, assembly and distribution services, all in house. 

Hoffman added, “We will also showcase the capabilities of our state-of-the-art thermoforming equipment with packaged goods professionals at PACK EXPO, including our new Sencorp Ultra 2500 with an integrated robotic stacking system. This addition to our ISO 9001:2008 certified facility is just one more way we continue to distinguish ourselves as an industry leader capable of exceeding clients’ expectations.”

As a leader in both thin- (.012” to .085”) and heavy-gauge (.080” to .500”), Tru-Form Plastics’ more than 100 years of combined experience has led to:

  • Fast development of tools and prototypes to pass validation quickly
  • Capability to produce thin-gauge packaging and heavy-gauge assemblies
  • Flexibility to meet demanding schedules for samples through full production
  • Competitive pricing and economical solutions for all projects

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com or meet them in person at booth N-535 at PACK EXPO. 

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Tru-Form Plastics to Showcase Thermoformed Packaging Solutions at PACK EXPO

Answering questions and recommending innovative packaging solutions

WESTMINSTER, Calif., September 6, 2019 – Custom thermoforming packaging manufacturer Tru-Form Plastics encourages PACK EXPO participants to visit booth N-535 to explore packaging solutions for attendees’ specific products.

“Leaving PACK EXPO knowing how and where you can create the packaging for your product is our goal. We want you to go back to the office with tangible solutions. Simply stop by our booth to talk to our team of experts so that we can help you get the answers you need and solutions,” explained Tru-Form Plastics Director of Innovation John Hoffman.

Located in Southern California, the company has helped industry leaders, small start-ups and everyone in between with design, production, assembly and distribution.  At the convention September 23-25, 2019 in Las Vegas, they are conducting private consultations for the medical and other industries, no appointment needed.  

Hoffman added, “Innovation and creative industrial design is our foundation, and we look forward to sharing our cutting-edge approach with packaged goods professionals at PACK EXPO. We continually strive to set ourselves apart in all steps of the manufacturing process to serve clients with truly custom solutions based on all parameters, users and economies of scale.”

Leveraging its creativity, flexible methods, and a collaborative approach with stakeholders, Tru-Form Plastics works as a true partner to turn clients’ visions into tangible results. As a leader in both thin- (.012” to .085”) and heavy-gauge (.080” to .500”), Tru-Form Plastics’ more than 100 years of combined experience has led to:

  • Fast development of tools and prototypes to pass validation quickly
  • Capability to produce thin-gauge packaging and heavy-gauge assemblies
  • Flexibility to meet demanding schedules for samples through full production
  • Competitive pricing and economical solutions for all projects

Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, will showcase its innovative packaging and enclosure solutions, displaying a selection of thin- and heavy-gauge options designed to meet the needs of multiple industries, including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive and consumer.

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com or meet them in person at booth N-535 at PACK EXPO. 

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Tru-Form Plastics Welcomes Jaysen Rodriguez as Business Analyst/Project Estimator

Experienced professional to save full-service thermoformer time and money with data-centric capabilities.

WESTMINSTER, Calif – Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, recently added Jaysen Rodriguez as a Business Analyst/Project Estimator at the company’s Southern California headquarters, where he will leverage his analytical skills to increase efficiencies and decrease costs.

Rodriguez has 20 years of analytics experience. Throughout his career, he has held analyst positions at Disney, Hyundai, and Office Max, where his accomplishments included generating processes and procedures to increase productivity. He received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Calvary College.

“Jaysen’s effectiveness at interpreting opportunities is a tremendous asset to us,” said General Manager Tom Cantwell. “He’s always looking for a better, faster, and easier way to do things, and identifying these opportunities will greatly benefit our organization as we continue to grow.”

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer, and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Lorena Trinidad Joins Tru-Form Plastics as HR/Accounting Administrator

Seasoned professional to boost efficiencies, profits, and morale at Southern California thermoformer.

WESTMINSTER, Calif.– Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, has named Lorena Trinidad as HR/Accounting Administrator at the full-service custom thermoformer’s headquarters in Southern California, where she will assist with human resources tasks such as recruitment, employee benefits, and payroll as well as invoicing and accounts receivable collections.

Lorena has 25 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Office Administrator/Human Resources with TVH Parts Americas, where she was responsible for timekeeping and attendance tracking, recruiting and training, performance evaluations, and administering medical benefits. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources from Texas Tech University.

“Lorena is a positive, approachable individual who will provide invaluable support to employees as well as our internal operations,” said General Manager Tom Cantwell. “Her personality combined with her work ethic makes her a perfect fit for our team, and I’m pleased to welcome her onboard.”

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer, and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Tru-Form Plastics Names Edgar Rodriguez Production Supervisor

Solution-centered leader to enhance manufacturing capabilities of full-service thermoformer.

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – Full-service custom thermoformer Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, recently named Edgar Rodriguez as Production Supervisor at its Southern California headquarters, which offers extensive design, production, assembly, and distribution services. Rodriguez is a seasoned leader with 10 years of experience in plastic manufacturing.

Most recently, Rodriguez worked as a Production Supervisor at Nursery Supplies and at Pretium Packaging, a plastic bottle manufacturer, where he helped drive the company’s profitability with his problem-solving and development of team building skills that changed the culture. “If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of you,” explains Rodriguez. “I look forward to building employees’ trust at Tru-Form Plastics as well to drive the company’s success.”

“What makes Edgar unique is his outlook,” said General Manager Tom Cantwell. “He’s a great team player who always looks for a solution to every problem. To him, each situation, good or bad, is a learning experience, and that attitude makes him invaluable to our team as we continue to set ourselves apart with our customer-first philosophy.”

Rodriguez has completed courses in leadership and Safety and Health, and is a Six Sigma White Belt.

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer, and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

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