HISTORY

Background
The principals of AGS Technology, Christopher C. Racelis and A. George Staniulis, have a combined total of over 60 years of experience in recycled plastics. Working in the compounding industry, they saw that many injection molders were unfamiliar with recycled plastic compounds and were hesitant in using them for their molding operations. Mr. Racelis and Mr. Staniulis recognized that an opportunity existed to apply their compounding expertise and create a sustainable competitive advantage in the injection molding industry. Accordingly, in 1995, they founded AGS Technology Inc. to be the low-cost producer of high-quality molded components from proprietary recycled plastics.

Development
From the very beginning, General Motors took a decided interest in the environmental benefits that could be realized by purchasing automotive components made from recycled plastics. In addition, AGS Technology registered as a certified minority owned business with the Chicago Minority Business Development Council. As a measure of its commitment to recycling and minority sourcing, General Motors mentored AGS Technology in the QS-9000 certification process and awarded it substantial business. As its automotive business grew and developed, the company outgrew its facility in Schaumburg, Illinois, which housed both its compounding and molding operations. Thus, in 1999, all raw material preparation functions were transferred to a separate facility in nearby Elk Grove Village, Illinois, while the molding operation remained in Schaumburg.

Continued Growth
In addition to the automotive industry, the company has expanded its technology to serve the construction, consumer products, and waste water treatment industries as well. The company’s proprietary materials are recognized as meeting the properties of the corresponding virgin resin and have been approved by major OEM’s. Competitive pricing coupled with superb quality production and value added assembly processes has enabled the company to increase its customer base and thrive even during challenging economic conditions. As evidence of its commitment to continuous improvement and the highest quality standards, AGS received its ISO/TS 16949 certification in 2007, was awarded General Motors 2012 Supplier Quality Award, and then recognized AGS Technology once again as a top performing supplier with its 2013-2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award.  In 2014, AGS Technology reunited its raw material and injection molding operations  in a larger 78,000 square foot facility in Batavia, Illinois.  Improvements made in 2015/2016/2017 include re-engineering of the raw material processing lines, seven new electric JSW injection molding machines, a centralized drying system, robotic automation/vision stations, and implementation of IQMS enterprise resource planning system to support new and existing customer growth opportunities.  Approaching 2018, AGS Technology is expanding its operations once again with a second 20,000 square foot facility nearby to support warehousing and product assembly workstations.