GMN Oregon Division Added to Boeing Qualified Processor List for Injection Molded Parts

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By Cynthia Schulte | Jan 14, 2013
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SEATTLE, WA – January 14, 2013 – GM Nameplate, the parent company of GMN Aerospace and GMN Plastics, announced today that the company’s Oregon Division, doing business as GMN Plastics, has been added to The Boeing Company’s Qualified Processor List (QPL) for the injection molding of thermoplastic parts.

GMN Plastics joins a short list of companies that are approved to provide injection molded parts to Boeing and its suppliers. The announcement comes shortly after GMN Plastics met the requirements of AS9100C, the quality management system standard for the aerospace industry.

GMN Plastics was audited and qualified for AS9100C on December 11, 2012, demonstrating that GMN Plastics has established and applies a quality management system for the manufacture of complex plastics and value added assemblies. This step was necessary to qualify for the Boeing QPL.

“Achieving the aerospace AS9100C certification required a new level of process control for GMN Plastics,” said Dan Thurmond, GMN Plastics President. “This new level of control allows us to produce better molded, decorated and assembled components and drives improved quality and cost controls. We pursued this certification as both a path for improving ourselves and extending our product offerings with Boeing and other aerospace customers.”

GM Nameplate is currently on the Boeing QPL for placards and markers and supplies the largest number of parts of any company serving Boeing. Adding injection molding helps expand GM Nameplate’s offerings, a natural progression considering the company’s heritage and success in the industry. 

GM Nameplate has been serving aerospace customers since the 1950’s and continues to earn accolades in the field. Last year GM Nameplate was the first company to be honored three consecutive times as recipient of the Supplier of the Year by the Boeing Company. In addition, GM Nameplate was named Aerospace Company of the Year by The Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

“We were excited when Boeing told us that they valued the innovation they saw with GM Nameplate and wanted access to our injection molding capabilities,” said Carlo Mears, Vice President of GMN Aerospace, GM Nameplate’s aerospace group.  “The Boeing QPL now has a premier vertically integrated injection molding company in GM Nameplate.”


GMN Aerospace and GMN Plastics are brands within GM Nameplate that were developed to better serve specific industries. Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in providing custom design solutions and manufacturing of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devices such as membrane switches, rubber keypads and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time.

GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company employs approximately 1,000 individuals throughout facilities in California, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Asia. The company manages a number of brands to better serve specific industries such as GMN Plastics, GMN Aerospace and GMN Automotive.

GMN Plastics, the Oregon division of GM Nameplate, is a premier injection and compression molding manufacturer.  In addition to core molding capabilities, GMN Plastics also offer an array of value-added services such as plastic decorating, assembly, tooling, and design and engineering assistance.

As a key part of GM Nameplate, GMN Aerospace is a recognized worldwide leader in the manufacture of mandatory markings and subassemblies for the entire aircraft. This includes interior and exterior mandatory markings, component supplier for passenger service units (PSU), custom plastic injection molded components, and aerospace sub-assemblies.