Company History

John, Tim, and Tom Holland prepare their basement for MMD while Carol Holland takes this photo

1974: John, Tim, and Tom Holland expand their basement for MMD while Carol Holland takes this photo.

The old pole barn that the entire family helped refurbish for MMD

1977: The old pole barn that the entire family helped refurbish for MMD


John and Carol Holland start Metro Mold & Design (MMD) in the basement of their Minnetonka, MN home and begin manufacturing molds. They finance the business with a $5,000 loan from Robert and Luella Holland (John’s parents), and then secure a $7,500 bank loan.


John and Carol make MMD their full-time business, and anticipate the company growing to three employees.


John and Carol move MMD to the garage of their new home in Otsego, MN.


MMD moves to an old pole barn on John and Carol’s property which their entire family helped to refurbish.


John and Carol purchase land in Rogers, MN to build a manufacturing facility for future growth. Interest rates are around 18%.


Construction finishes on a new building which includes an 80’ x 80’ manufacturing facility and 20’ x 40’ office space.


With seven employees, MMD moves into the new building using half the space and renting the other half to another business.


MMD expands into the other half of the building, and anticipates growing to 20 employees.


The company continues to grow and purchases adjacent land for building expansion.


Tim Holland (John and Carol’s son) who began working at MMD as a child begins to assume leadership of MMD.


The Rogers, MN facility undergoes a 9,600 sq. ft. addition and remodeling, bringing the building to 16,800 total sq. ft.


Tim Holland begins to purchase MMD from his parents.


Tim and Tom Holland (Tim’s brother) form a custom plastic injection molding business named Critical To Function (CTF).


MMD launches ExpressParts™, its rapid injection molding and prototype service.


MMD purchases CTF, making Tom Holland a MMD shareholder and adding 15,400 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.


MMD purchases the assets of Accutech Mold and Engineering, a 5,000 sq. ft. mold manufacturing facility in Little Falls, MN.


MMD acquires ICM Plastics in Rogers, MN, adding thermoset plastic molding and extrusion blow molding capabilities, and bringing manufacturing space to 220,000 total sq. ft.


MMD pulls through one of the biggest economic downturns in U.S. history, emerging as a stronger and more focused company.