Winner: Greg Herlin, President | Cashmere Molding Inc., Woodinville
The Puget Sound region does not lack for plastic injection-molding companies and the recession has not lacked for challenges to them. But Greg Herlin has made the recession a time of growth for his business, going from 28 employees four years ago to nearly 170 now.
How? Cashmere Molding went after ISO certification for medical devices, opening up opportunities in that market. Herlin also made Cashmere a one-stop shop, offering design, engineering, prototyping, tool and mold construction, production, decorating and assembly, reducing the time and money lost to sending projects to other vendors. Those capabilities are backed up by continual emphasis on Cashmere’s quality statement, which includes the reminder that the policies are “the responsibility of everyone.” Workforce development gets attention, too; not only has Herlin backed the FIRST student robotics competition, he also hired a recent college graduate who had been through the program.