Two Port Washington companies, Molded Dimensions and independent insurance agency Ansay & Associates, have been named two of the top workplaces in Wisconsin based on a polling of company employees.
The award was presented last week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The process drew 1,121 nominations, with 150 companies earning the recognition. It was the third year in a row Molded Dimensions has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in southeast Wisconsin. With Linda Katz as chief executive officer, Molded Dimensions is a certified woman-owned business. The company, which has been in business for more than 60 years, has two manufacturing facilities in Port Washington. It produces molded and cast polyurethane mechanical components.
Linda Katz enjoys watching a tractor, airplane or motorcycle on the move and thinking: “I have a little piece of that.”
The owner and CEO of Molded Dimensions will have more of those moments as the business expands this fall from its base in Port Washington to 21,000 feet of space in two buildings it purchased from Great Lakes Marine Services on Highway W in Grafton.
One of the former Great Lakes Marine buildings will be used to house KM Tooling, a machine and tool shop Molded Dimensions bought in October.
If new hires at Molded Dimensions make it through the first year or two, CEO Linda Katz says there’s a good chance they will still be working at the company a decade later.
There’s some turnover at the Port Washington maker of rubber and polyurethane parts, but most of it occurs in the first 24 months. After that, Katz says, employees are likely to settle in and take advantage of benefits such as company-paid college tuition.
“We are very big education advocates,” said Katz, who has a degree in mechanical engineering and material science from Duke University.
[Vopal] looked for other solutions and found his answer much closer to home, at Port Washington’s Molded Dimensions.
“We looked all over the country, but found a great team right in Port with Aaron Stanek, Carol Nikolaus and Ehan Khan,” Vopal said.
Switching the material to urethane, which Molded Dimensions works with regularly, proved to be the key.
It provides a solid base, with a nylon bolt connecting the 9.5 pound BB-filled canister to a flexible, black frame. The device is portable, easily installed and removed without damaging the boat.