Darryl Lawrence, Founding Partner, LTM PlasticsDarryl Lawrence, Founding Partner
Rapid advancements in plastic injection molding technologies have convinced many U.S. businesses to consider reshoring projects they used to send overseas. With over 5500 molding companies spanning the country, it is challenging to find one that can promise quality parts delivered on time. Many shops claim a high level of performance but fall short when tested. In this post-COVID world of broken supply chains, the need for competent state-side manufacturers has never been higher.

Good injection molders can assist in engineering parts and molds, and develop efficient processes to ensure results and profitability for their clients. The best go even further, customizing unique solutions to fit each project.

One company raising the bar is LTM Plastics, based in Denver, CO. Management has reached beyond classic molding solutions into automation, robotics, and rapid prototyping (3D printing). LTM Plastics’ hope is to minimize others’ reliance on overseas labor and reestablish the U.S. as a powerhouse in manufacturing.

Since its inception in 1977, LTM Plastics has been a leading provider of high-quality plastic injection molding; offering support with mold design, part production, and an array of assembly services. Today, it leverages modern thinking and technology to achieve faster turnaround times and cleaner processes while enhancing operational efficiencies.

“We focus on consolidating vital ‘know-how’ under one roof, providing a turn-key solution for our customers,” states Darryl Lawrence, founding partner, LTM Plastics. “And we use Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) principles in production,” allowing customers more flexibility when confronted with unexpected hurdles.

LTM Plastics takes a pragmatic approach to help clients. New projects kick off with a roundtable discussion, engaging personnel from Engineering, Design, and Production.
This builds a deep understanding of the design, its cost structure, and potential obstacles that may lie ahead. Then 3D-printed prototypes are created so customers can test their item and gauge its real market impact. Once the final design is approved, a steel mold is built and manufacturing begins.

“For most people, we’re like a doctor,” says Lawrence. “They have no way of determining who a good mold maker is, so we take care of that for them. We don’t just want to be a supplier, we want to be a partner.”
  • We want the people we do business with, our clients, our suppliers, we want their lives to be better. We want their businesses to be better

One recent engagement illustrates how LTM Plastics differentiates itself. An entrepreneur inquired about a product he’d invented. This client was passionate but had no prior knowledge of plastic and injection molds. LTM guided him throughout the process, exploring different materials, design changes, and helping to inform decisions from start to finish. Next month, this client will proudly see his retail-ready product shipped to consumers nationwide. Every facet of the project was handled in-house.

This sort of personalized attention leads to strong long-term relationships. LTM Plastics views its clientele as partners, working diligently to help realize their goals.

“We want the people we do business with, our clients, our suppliers, we want their lives to be better. We want their businesses to be better.” Lawrence explained.

One key to great partnerships is transparency. Not every company is willing to give honest feedback or challenge ideas, but LTM Plastics isn’t a typical molder.

“We’re going to be brutally honest with people. Some people don’t like that, but others say it’s why they’re here,” he said. “They felt like, even though it was bad news, it was the news they needed to hear in order to avoid costly mistakes.”

LTM Plastics is seeing strong growth because it is hyper-focused on delivering results for its customers. Consistent reinvestment in the team, its tools, and technology means efficiency and savings for customers, putting LTM Plastics in a prime position as manufacturing returns to the U.S.