• 1222 Antioch Road , Somerville, AL. 35670
  • 256-778-8141

About Us

Amdek, Inc. originated in 1991 by Robert Tetzlaff, the son of a naturalized citizen Roger W. Tetzlaff, who immigrated to the United States in 1949 as an indentured servant. Robert was trained “old world school,” meaning if you ran or sold a machine, you learned how to build one. He went to Germany for 10 months as an apprentice at Battenfeld GMBH to learn all aspects of building a molding machine.

He started on the ground floor of pad printing as an independent sales representative in the early 1980s when ITW Transtech came to the United States. Since 2018, Amdek has been the official distribution partner for ITW Transtech.

In the fall of 2016, Amdek Inc. purchased Dave Shepard Enterprises in Hillsboro, OR. We are headquartered in Somerville, AL, with additional decorating facilities in Baileyton, AL and Newberg, Oregon.

The Amdek team takes pride in almost 30 years of hands-on-service, old-world values, superior products, start-up assistance, and pure loyalty and dedication to all their customers.

Amdek, Inc. Timeline

1982

Robert Tetzlaff joined his father selling injection molding machines for Battenfeld and pad printing machines for the brand-new American company, Trans Tech America.

1986

Robert is top salesperson for Trans Tech of America

1991

Robert Tetzlaff buys RWT Plastics Systems from his retired father and changes the name to Alabama Molding and Decorating or Amdek, Inc. Starts up with 3 Battenfeld molding machines and 5 customers

1994

Robert is top salesperson for Trans Tech of America

1997

Devastating fire guts Amdek’s molding facility. Within months, Amdek is back up and running with 3 new Cincinnati Milacron molding machines.

1998

Amdek purchases a new 165-ton Cincinnati Milacron molding machine

1999

Amdek purchases a new 33-ton Cincinnati Milacron molding machine

2004

Amdek’s customer base grows to over 40

2009

Amdek begins working with Wilson Sporting Goods to print all their custom logo orders

2012

Wolf Tetzlaff joins Amdek to become the third generation to work in the injection molding and custom plastics decorating industry

2014

Amdek acquires Custom Impressions, an Alabama pad print company.
Robert Tetzlaff develops a compostable plastic material

2016

Amdek acquires Shepherd Enterprises in Oregon and establishes a presence on the West Coast

2018

Purchases a 165 ton Roboshot from Cincinnati Milacron

2019

Wolf Tetzlaff becomes President and CEO of Amdek. Robert becomes CTO to focus on improving the company’s technology.

Since its inception, Amdek has steadily grown and provided employment for its little corner of North Alabama. Amdek is currently pursuing ISO 9001-2015 certification and is on task to complete by summer 2019.