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Seaway Plastics Engineering & Wright Engineered Plastics

Seaway and Wright are two well-known custom plastic injection molding companies serving as low volume specialists in highly regulated industries. Having decades of experience, the two companies work together and use their shared expertise to manufacture solutions for those in medical, aerospace, defense, and industrial electronics. The two utilize their deep knowledge of the complexities in these industries to create quality parts from concept to completion. This includes valuable service such as collaborative engineering partnerships and post-molding services that many injection molders do not offer — especially to low volume orders.

Seaway and Wright’s mission is to create parts and assemblies the world can depend on. Whether it’s for a heart valve in Montana or a detection device overseas, Seaway and Wright strive for the highest quality in all their products and services.

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Our Beginning in Detroit, Michigan

Our Beginning in Detroit, Michigan

Our story starts with two teenage brothers working in plastic factories in Detroit, Michigan. In 1973, the enterprising young brothers Len and Jerry Bahalo opened Seaway Plastics, and just a few years later, they hired Paul Yellinick, who they quickly promoted to plant manager.

During this time, Seaway Plastics Engineering was recognized as a pioneer in the prototype injection molding and low-volume production market. After getting his feet wet with the Bahalo brothers, Yellinick then decided to take the company to Florida.

Seaway Plastics Moves to Florida

Seaway Plastics Moves to Florida

In 1986, Seaway Plastics Engineering chose Florida as its new home. The small town of Port Richey, Florida, had a growing industrial sector and an experienced pool of injection molding talent.

Yellinick only had a few machines and the knowledge he’d gained while working in Detroit. He had to gather the most dedicated people he could find to build the operation from the ground up. Staking the right talent, his team worked as one, and the company became successful quickly.

Smock and Bernard Buy the Company

Smock and Bernard Buy the Company

By 1996, Seaway had grown from a few small warehouses to one large, consolidated space. Yellinick was ready to retire, but he wanted the business to go to someone he could trust to protect its legacy.

At the same time, Tim Smock and Paul Bernard, veterans in the plastic injection molding industry, were looking for an opportunity. They were excited about the progress Seaway Plastics Engineering had made over the last decade, and they saw a lot of potential for its future.

Smock was a former sales agent for Revere Plastics in Detroit, so he knew what Seaway could do based on the history of its founder, and Bernard, an operations expert, delighted in the factory’s capabilities and its likelihood for growth. They decided to buy Seaway Plastics Engineering and combine their skills to make the business even more successful.

Seaway Expands Production by Acquiring Excalibur

Seaway Expands Production by Acquiring Excalibur

Over the next 16 years, Seaway Plastics grew into a full-scale industrial business, and in 2012, Smock and Bernard decided to expand the company’s production capacity to meet an exponential increase in demand. Seaway needed more space, and Excalibur Manufacturing in Brooksville, Florida caught their eye.

The former Excalibur plant became Seaway’s Brooksville facility, the second part of Seaway’s eastern presence. By acquiring Excalibur, Seaway added over 30,000 square feet of combined warehouse and manufacturing space to its operations. This increased the company’s tooling abilities, high-volume production potential, and post-production services, and Seaway’s customers gained access to more capabilities and complete product assembly.

Seaway Adds New Tools and Software

Seaway Adds New Tools and Software

As operations continued to grow, Seaway Plastics Engineering added a 950-ton machine, giving the company the ability to craft large parts that normally needed to be handled at specialized factories often located overseas. This lowered costs for customers, while also allowing the company to meet the need of clients from more industries including the automotive and marine industries.

In 2015, Smock and Bernard decided to sell and retire. They transferred ownership of the company to Tonka Bay Equity, and at the same time, Seaway continued its lifelong commitment to innovation by adding an ISO 7 Clean Room to provide businesses in the medical industry with the cleanest parts possible.

The following year, Seaway invested in the IQMS system to maintain customer records and streamline the customer journey. This software allowed the company to keep up with a growing customer base and an expansion of orders, while also improving its customer service.

Seaway Manufactures Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Seaway Manufactures Lifesaving Medical Supplies

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the country came to a standstill, but Seaway Plastics was deemed essential and stayed open to provide the medical industry with lifesaving supplies. Throughout this trying year, Seaway worked to retain its associations and support the local community, while also maintaining safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Seaway Acquires Wright Engineered Plastics

Seaway Acquires Wright Engineered Plastics

That same year, Seaway decided to expand operations from the East Coast to the West Coast, and to make that possible, the company acquired Wright Engineered Plastics, a molding company in Santa Rosa, California. Now, the company had a strong presence on the West Coast through Wright Engineered Plastics in addition to its locations on the East Coast in Florida.

Wright had been around since the late 1960s, and the acquisition added several functions to Seaway’s operations including two-shot molding, over-molding, and expanded automation capabilities. Additionally, Wright’s FDA registration increased the company’s ability to handle the needs of businesses in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

By adding Wright’s capabilities to its own offerings, Seaway also became able to offer a wider array of post-injection molding services such as ultrasonic welding, EMI shielding, pad printing, laser marking, full-service painting, product assembly, and more. Together, Seaway Plastics Engineering and Wright Engineered Plastics are ready to cover the needs and demands of businesses from every industry.

Seaway Commits to Premier Services

Seaway Commits to Premier Services

Seaway Plastics Engineering is committed to continued growth to meet the advancing needs of today’s businesses. Our expanded capabilities and facilities are ready to serve customers from the East Coast to the West Coast, and we look forward to providing our clients with the premier services they have enjoyed with us through the years, while also always striving to do more. Here’s to innovation!

Get started on a plastic molding project today! To talk about your injection molding needs, contact us at Seaway Plastics Engineering. We look forward to answering your questions and getting to work on your project.

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