CMD celebrates 40 years

40 years of innovation in equipment technology
Founded in 1980 by Peter Gietman, CMD was launched with his visionary idea for a type of equipment that would be in high demand in the growing flexible film and packaging industry. Those first few years were hand-to-mouth, but by 1986, the company had outgrown its modest facilities and built a 45,500-square-foot building, which is now the manufacturing center of the firm’s current 126,000-square-foot campus in the Northeast Appleton Industrial Park. The campus includes a Technology Center and Advanced Engineering Analytics Lab, and a building dedicated to the firm’s natural gas for fuel equipment sector.

98 patents and counting
John Schmidt began at CMD in 1988 as the vice-president of strategic sales and was named president in 1991. His passion for technological innovation and understanding customers’ needs helped grow CMD to a position of global leadership in the bag converting industry. Under his guidance, the firm developed world-leading, patented technology for the production of popular drawtape-style trash bags seen on store shelves today. In the United States, an estimated 95 percent of all drawtape bags sold are made on CMD equipment. CMD utilizes this technical passion and ingenuity to develop high-performance equipment for other industries, including pouch making equipment and natural gas for fuel (CNG/RNG) compression systems.

A great place to work
Gietman’s support of his dedicated employees and Schmidt’s focus on customer support built the foundation for the firm’s culture of Listen, Learn and Lead. From a skeleton team, CMD has grown to more than 180 employees, with a global agent network and installations of its U.S.-built equipment in 44 countries. Named among the Best Places to Work by Plastics News for five consecutive years, CMD’s commitment to work-life balance, health and wellness and a new corporate social responsibility program results in high employee satisfaction and low job turnover.

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