Wendy Koster
General Manager
Diversified Plastics, Inc.

“Manufacturing is a reflection of our collective intelligence and a testimony to our social natures. It wakes up our imagination. Manufacturing provides daily learning, satisfying and tangible results, and unending opportunities to influence good stewardship of the world’s resources while improving the conditions of life.”

Wendy Koster has worked at Diversified Plastics, Inc. (DPI) for more than 10 years, bringing an extensive level of human resources knowledge to her role as General Manager. Throughout her career, she’s developed a fascination with manufacturing: the skills of the production staff, the challenges of engineering, and the game of refining processes. Wendy's strongest conviction about successful business is that people are DPI’s greatest investment, greatest asset and greatest reason for commitment in the workplace. Believing that DPI’s exceptional team is what differentiates DPI from other plastic injection molding companies, Wendy works toward the company’s goal of strengthening its workforce and continuing to create a paradigm shift that has already led to greater financial success. 

DPI has made advancements in both the hiring and promotion of women, even in a heavily male-dominated field. Wendy is proud to serve as a mentor to new women at DPI. She has recently been mentoring her assistant, who started out answering phones and has quickly advanced to the role of Administrative and Human Resources Coordinator. This employee is on a career track that will make her successful at any manufacturing organization. 

In her role at DPI, Wendy has strongly participated in work that supports the community. She has been part of the Job Service Employers Council (JSEC) for 10 years, helping provide a connection between private sector needs and the government-provided assistance administered through the Missoula Workforce Job Center. Since 2016, Wendy has also served on the board of directors for the Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP). And, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce, she recently began serving a four-year term with the District Export Council (DEC) of Montana.

In addition, in her role as General Manager, Wendy supports the Missoula College on many levels: helping develop the curriculum for the college’s new machining program, providing internship opportunities with DPI and participating in job fairs.

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