It started with a passion for hunting and fishing trips, combined with a neat streak. Bob Tyler would take his Lab on his trips, but his vehicle would end up with mud splattered all over the floor. When Bob looked for a washable liner to protect the cargo area, there was none to be found. So he decided to make one for himself and the Husky Liner was born.
Winfield Consumer Products demonstrates that neat streak as the facility is clean and well lit, providing an atmosphere for a safe work environment and the manufacture of a quality product by employees who care. It is a privately held Company, whose primary business consists of designing, manufacturing and supplying automotive accessories for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans and cars to the aftermarket. Starting in 1988, the Company designed the original custom fit floor and cargo liner. WCP has grown from that idea to a 197,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution operation, becoming the automotive aftermarket's leading source for thermo-plastic floor and cargo liners.
WCP's proprietary products include Husky Liners branded custom fit floor and cargo liners, heavy duty floor mats, custom molded mud guards, aluminum accessories and various other products to serve the aftermarket. WCP controls the entire process of its products, from the product design and tooling to warehouse and distribution with a strong commitment to quality, customer service, financial strength and the well being of its employees.
The mission of Winfield Consumer Products is to meet, and where possible, exceed the requirements of customers. This is demonstrated by being the originator of the custom fit floor and cargo liners, having the engineering and design team be customer focused and having the best customer service and distribution in the industry, with virtually all orders received shipped within 24 hours.
Winfield Consumer Products is located in Strother Field Industrial Park, near Winfield, Kansas, about 40 miles southeast of Wichita. Winfield, population of 12,200, is rated #56 in "The 100 Best Small Towns in America". Strother Field Industrial Park is a 1,600-acre industrial park adjacent to the community airport with over 30 businesses employing over 2,000 people. Strother Field airport will accommodate corporate jet traffic with two lighted runways of 5,500 and 3,150 feet. The Company has a 167,000 square foot facility in Strother Field that includes 67,000 square feet for manufacturing and 85,000 square feet for warehouse needs, along with office space and a tool shop. The Company also has a 30,000 square foot building for storage in a nearby community. Winfield is located in the center of the country, allowing for favorable shipping to all points in the United States.
As described earlier, this Company was founded on the principle that places don't need to be messy. That carries over to facility. When emphasis is placed on maintaining a clean working area, pride in the employees has a chance to come out. This comes out in keeping their area neat, making a quality part, and working safely. For two of the last three calendar years, there has not been an accident with employees. At Winfield Consumer Products, Husky Liners are extremely proud of employees and the job that is done by each and every one.
Robert D. Tyler is the President and Founder of Winfield Consumer Products. He is a graduate of Kansas's own Pittsburg State University with a degree in Plastics Technology. Past employment includes Uniloy in Michigan and ten years with Gott Corporation (since purchased by Rubbermaid) as Product Engineering Manager. He started Winfield Consumer Products in September of 1988 with the "Husky Liners" floor and cargo liners for vehicles. Bob has over 26 years experience in product design and tooling design for blow molding, injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and RIM urethane molding.
Terry Lawrence holds the position of Vice President-Operations. A graduate of Kansas State University, Terry worked as a bank loan officer for ten years and then five years with a blow molding company as operations manager before joining the WCP in 1993.
Greg Thompson, Vice President-Finance/MIS, has been with WCP since 1998. Greg is a graduate of Kansas State University and obtained his CPA certificate in 1978. Greg's work experience includes being audit manager for Arthur Young and co., Vice President for Rubbermaid's Seasonal Products Division and Controller for KSQ Blowmolding.
WCP is known for its commitment to the automotive aftermarket by getting quality interior and exterior products to the market quickly. WCP engineers and designers are dedicated to researching, developing and enhancing new and existing products. They work closely with other departmental managers and manufacturing engineers to recognize, prevent and solve production issues. They also work very closely with Customer Service to understand the needs of customers. When someone calls with a question about a part, they are frequently surprised to find themselves speaking with the individual who designed the part and fit it to a vehicle like theirs. The direct contact with customers makes sure the designers know the fit of the parts and over the years has created a very loyal customer base.