News | June 11, 2003

Ken Trupke Named President of Kalfact Plastics Company

ROCKFORD, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2003--Ken Trupke has been named president of Kalfact Plastics Company, a Michigan injection molder owned by private investment firm GCI. Trupke served as general manager of Kalfact from 1996 until his recent promotion. "Over the years, Ken has been instrumental in developing the people, systems, technologies, and processes that allow Kalfact to provide customers with distinct value," said GCI president Bill Schleicher. "He has also played a key role in helping Kalfact secure new business, such as a recent multi-million contract with Magna Donnelly Corporation. Ken's leadership will continue to be a tremendous asset to GCI and Kalfact." "It's gratifying to be named president of Kalfact," Trupke said. "We've created exciting opportunities for this company and we're well prepared to capitalize on them. I'm also proud to see us earning recognition for our design-for-manufacturability and problem-solving capabilities. The success we're enjoying today is a testament to the quality of the team we've put in place over the last several years, and to GCI's willingness to invest in the technologies and people that are key to long-term success." Added Schleicher, "The fundamental building blocks are in place for Kalfact to thrive in today's very competitive plastics industry. When you combine this with Ken's leadership and GCI's financial strength, it translates into a very bright future for Kalfact and our customers. From GCI's perspective, the marketplace is ripe with opportunities and we're excited about the long-term growth potential in the plastics industry." Trupke joined Kalfact as a systems development manager in 1994 and was later promoted to the position of vice-president of administration. He came to Kalfact after serving as a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen. Trupke began his professional career as a staff consultant in the Milwaukee offices of Price Waterhouse. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee, in 1988. Trupke is also certified in Production and Inventory Control Management and Integrated Resource Management. He is a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). About Kalfact Based in Rockford, Mich., Kalfact Plastics Company provides innovative solutions by integrating distinct molding and assembly operations into a one-step manufacturing process. The company's 35-year history in multi-shot, multi-material molding allows it to address the complexities of multi-component products and deliver results in a variety of demanding industries, including automotive, appliance, hand tools and office furniture. The company's advanced, 70,300 square-foot manufacturing facility includes presses ranging from 40 to 700 tons. Kalfact Plastics Company is owned by GCI, a private investment firm based in Waukesha, Wisconsin. More information about Kalfact Plastics Company is available at www.kalfact.com. About GCI GCI is a private investment firm owned by Lands' End founder Gary Comer. For more than ten years, GCI has been active in the plastics industry through its ownership of Kalfact Plastics Company. The companies in GCI's portfolio represent a variety of industries, including plastics, transportation, software and chemical technology. GCI's financial strength enables its portfolio companies to invest in the technologies, people and facilities that are essential to success.