Tuesday August 04, 2015

a03 dipPhoto by Pat Sunderland Delta Mayor Ed Sisson and Reeves Brown, Department of Local Affairs, ask questions of Kevin Kiefer during a tour of DIP’s manufacturing facility in the Industrial Park.DIP (Diversified Innovative Products) Company has merged its Minneapolis facility into the Delta facility in the Industrial Park on the east edge of town. With the help of a state grant, and working closely with the City of Delta and as many local contractors as possible, the company recently completed a 2,500-square-foot addition to the 15,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

“The city and state were very easy to work with and helped us secure our position as a permanent fixture in the Delta Industrial Park,” said Theron Johnson, president of DIP Company. “We instructed our general contractor, Alpine CM of Grand Junction to use local subcontractors and building supplies. He did an excellent job and we couldn’t be more pleased with our new office. Now we have the space to accommodate our newly hired employees and can operate in a more efficient manner.”
Caitlin Crawford, manager of customer service and accounting, said, “Our new office is a state-of-the-art facility and also ‘green.’ We have installed skylights, LED lighting and high-efficiency HVAC and appliances. The floor plan of this addiiton will allow me to effectively manage my staff to provide great customer service.”
“The efficiencies we gain by having our customer service department in house are huge,” said Kevin Kiefer, director of operations. “Now we have all critical company functions in house and intercompany communication is more streamlined as a result. We have great employees and it is nice to be adding to the work force. We all enjoy living on the Western Slope, so we are glad when the company decided to remain here and expand our existing facility.”
DIP has been doing business in Delta since 2001. It specializes in patented disposable ink tray liners for the printing industry using rejected USDA milk carton material. During a tour of the facility, Kiefer said a variety of liner configurations are punched out to specification by a diecutter in Grand Junction. The DIP crew folds, assembles, staples and ships 100 to 200 cases of tray liners each day.
DIP has a full-time engineer on staff who refines the factory-provided ink pans so they ßcan be utilized with the disposable tray liners. The disposable liners are a huge timesaver, Kiefer said, because printers no longer have to remove, empty and clean the ink pan before switching ink colors. DIP works closely with Doughty Steel to fabricate the pans. Marketing is handled by a sales staff located across the country.
DIP has also expanded into related supplies, and even some new products that use the firm’s injection molder.

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