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MAPP Board Member Profile: Norm Forest

 

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Norm Forest can be reached at 860.979.0321 or nforest@dymotek.com.

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Norm Forest, CEO
Dymotek Corporation, Ellington, Connecticut

MAPP Member Since:

# of Employees: 120

# of Presses: 26

Industries served: Medical, Electronics, Plumbing, Construction, and Fluid/Air Control and Dispensing

 

How did plastics become your career?

I started working as an operator at Milton Bradley Co. in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in 1980. During my time there, I worked my way through setup and tech processing, hydraulics and machine maintenance, and mold repair. With each new development, I realized that in order to be a true processor, you have to understand the relationships between all of the parts working in concert. I was amazed how this understanding enhanced processing. I left Milton Bradley for an opportunity with The Hanson Group (formerly Mold Systems) in Ludlow, Massachusetts, running a testing lab for qualifying new mold and turnkey programs where I could leverage my gift and passion for the molding process. I worked with the most cutting edge technologies, which I would then teach to internal and external customers. Still desiring to further my personal and professional development, I started with Dymotek (formerly Truebro) in Ellington, Connecticut. At the time, the company was essentially a startup operation. I was responsible for creating the manufacturing environment, starting with two presses. Over the last 18 years, I have continued to develop my abilities and have been able to put to work all of my experiences from my career to work for the company.

Describe your company.

Dymotek was originally established in 1990 as TRUEBRO. The decision to change our name reflects the company’s vow to remain “ever dynamic,” to never stop evolving and improving. Dymotek is a privately owned company, with an extensive amount of technology and engineering including automation, multi-material 2-shot molding, and silicone molding/expertise. We have multiple locations with assembly and up to 100 percent product function testing. In 2014 and 2015, we were voted one of the top best work places in Connecticut by the Harford Currant/Fox 61 and recently received the prestigious President’s “E” (Export) Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In what areas are you willing to share your experiences with MAPP Member companies?

I am open to sharing any experiences to potentially help any colleague. We’ve already held many open houses and I love spreading the word there are rewarding careers in plastics manufacturing. My passion is witnessing the growth and development of others and supporting them in that capacity to their full potential.