Dan Thurmond, President of GMN Plastics, has been working in the plastics industry for his entire career and at GMN Plastics for the past 30 years beginning when he started the business. Dan’s plastic experience began in high school when he took a plastics course and continued after graduation at the LA Trade Technical College where he studied plastics manufacturing. During this time he was involved with The Society of Plastic Engineers, a group he is still a member of today, and had his first apprenticeship with an affiliate company in 1969.
This January we celebrate 20 years since GM Nameplate (GMN) acquired its plastic division. In 1995, GMN bought Danegon Plastics, which became GMN Oregon and was eventually rebranded as GMN Plastics, the current business name.
BEAVERTON, Oregon (December 15, 2015) – GM Nameplate’s Beaverton, Oregon Division has achieved renewal of the AS9100C quality system certification. The AS9100C certification is the quality standard for aerospace applications and is essential for supplying to the industry. As a part of GMN, this certification means that GMN Aerospace applies a quality management system for manufacturing plastic parts and value added assemblies for aerospace applications that meets industry approval.
In the past year, GMN Plastics has added three new injection molding machines to its equipment list in Beaverton, Oregon. As a plastic molder, this new equipment is essential to provide our customers with the capabilities needed to manufacture their parts. These new machines, one 55 ton machine and two 220 ton machines, are upgraded with new technology and are equipped with tighter tolerances to produce more consistent parts.
During project planning it is very important to ensure that each of the parts will be produced consistently. To do this, the manufacturing process must be qualified to ensure that it is repeatable and stable, both dimensionally and cosmetically. At GMN Plastics, this qualification process is broken down into four sections including design qualification, installation qualification, operational qualification and performance qualification. We will explain them in further detail below: