Several years ago Seabrook Plastics was approached by Acclaim Innovations, a company that markets and sells a consumer product line called Firefly Eyewear – an ingenious product that combines illumination and magnification into one hands-free unit for the sporting goods market.
Acclaim Innovations originally tooled and launched this product overseas in an attempt to keep costs down. During the first year of production, they experienced significant quality and lead time issues that threatened the products viability. Acclaim then began the arduous task of locating a reliable U.S. based manufacturer was referred to Seabrook by one of their contacts in the plastics industry.
“Acclaim first contacted us to see if we would be interested in their project. We of course said yes and they came out for a plant tour and face to face meeting. They were very impressed with Seabrook and we decided to take this to the next step and do a quote for them. The quoting and discussions were favorable so they decided to move forward with us,” said Al Claeys of Seabrook Plastics.
Al reports, “The project progressed in 2 phases. First we took over the assembly and distribution. The second phase was to have the overseas supplier build a bank of parts and then ship us the tooling. Tooling was reviewed once it arrived - and modifications and upgrades were quoted. We had several meetings with Acclaim to discuss the tooling issues. We needed to improve the tools so they could repeatedly run good quality parts at a consistent cycle. We were happy to guide them through the possible solutions to the tooling issues we were all presented with. We formulated a plan together and proceeded to modify and improve the tools. The Seabrook team managed and oversaw the entire launch process (since the Acclaim personnel had very little background in the molding field). The tooling upgrades were finally completed and debugged.“
Since we have localized this product, there have been ZERO customer complaints! Once the program was transferred and had been running for a while, Acclaim went back and reran their numbers. They were happy to report that they would not have to increase the price of their product! This was due to the improved quality (no quality returns) and increased productivity and smaller finished goods inventory.
Acclaim has been very satisfied with Seabrook and has recommended us to several other companies for quotes and work. “I am happy to report that our partnership with Seabrook Plastics has resulted in Acclaim achieving its goal of manufacturing several Best-of-Class eyewear specialty products that are distributed globally through www.fireflyeyewear.com,” said Acclaims founder Dave Obrien.
Seabrook is a stable, debt free company and its entire management team consists of long term, highly experienced, goal oriented employees. Our management team is very experienced with automotive and government programs, as well as several consumer product accounts. We treat each program with the utmost care – whether it is a high volume government gas mask part or a low volume part. We treat each and every customer with the same importance, regardless of the sales dollars they generate. This is why we do very little advertising, because our name is out there by word of mouth and repeat business from satisfied customers.
We invite you to come out and visit us for a meeting and a plant tour, or send us your prints and cad files for us to quote. We will also quote the tooling and track the tool build and launch process for you, so you can concentrate on other important issues during the launch of your new project. We are a full service supplier – once the part is designed. We will manage the tool builds, do the tool tryouts and recommend tooling changes to ensure parts meet your specifications. We follow regular APQP guidelines during part launches and are also TS-16949 certified.
We do molding and assembly in-house (such as building components and sonic welding, etc.). We also have some outsource capability for painting, pad printing, etc. Visit our website and come give us a try!
Seabrook PLASTICS, INC.
CUSTOM INJECTION MOLDING • ISO/TS 16949 REGISTERED COMPANY
Represented by Bontrol Systems