Plas-Tech Tooling celebrates 25 years

Plas-Tech Tooling, Inc. in Garner celebrated 25 years in business with an open house, Friday, Oct. 5. Dean and Marsha Sonquist, company founders, were presented a proclamation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds congratulating them for this achievement. Also pictured: Mayor Ken Mick and Jill Kramer, Hancock County Economic Development Director.

Rebecca Peter | The Leader

GARNER – A Garner machining and injection mold business celebrated 25 years in business. An open house for Plas-Tech Tooling, Inc., was held Friday, Oct. 5.

The event included a presentation of a proclamation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds to founders Dean and Marcia Sonquist. The proclamation recognizes the milestone anniversary and company's achievements in “injection mold manufacturing through innovation, outstanding customer service and continual customer focus.”

Dean Sonquist, company president, purchased and started the injection mold building and repair business from his garage. The service was not readily available to manufacturers in the Garner area, he explained.

Plas-Tech Tooling incorporated in May of 1993.

To say that the company was on a shoestring budget during those early years, is probably an understatement.

 “Not even a good shoestring,” said Sonquist. “It was very tight.” With two little boys, Marcia chose to be a stay-at-home mom at the time.

The company began offering services beyond injection mold building. In September of 1996, the company moved to its present location at 520 East Lyon St.

Today, Plas-Tech Tooling employs 15. In addition to injection mold building, the company offers injection molding, product design, production machining and reverse engineering.

 “|t was my privilege to present Dean and Marcia with the governor’s proclamation in honor of 25 years in business,” said Jill Kramer, Hancock County Economic Development Director. “Plas-Tech Tooling is an ideal example of entrepreneurship, commitment to community and dedication to its employees. Rural economic development needs more businesses like Plas-Tech and Hancock County Economic Development is grateful to have them as partners.”

Read the complete story in the Oct. 10 Leader.