Mack Adds New Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARLINGTON, Vt. (February 12, 2013) – Mack Molding has added talent across several areas of the organization, including program management, quality, manufacturing and procurement.
Richard Thomas has accepted the position of program manager in the commercial business unit, where he will handle several new accounts. He comes to Mack from CIRCOR Tech (Spartanburg, S.C.), where he served as product/project manager for four years. His primary role was to transition projects from R&D into production, but also had budget, inventory management, supply chain and business growth responsibilities. Before that, he was a quality/engineering technician for CeramTec (Laurens, S.C.). A graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate, Thomas holds a bachelor’s in business administration with a management concentration, as well as an associate’s in mechanical engineering from Greenville Technical College (Greenville, S.C.).
New to Mack’s quality department are William Hackett and Graham McFadden. A quality engineer in the metals/machining department, Hackett comes to Mack from NSK Steering Systems America, Inc. (Bennington, Vt.), where he worked for 10 years. During that tenure, he held a series of increasingly responsible positions, with his last being quality assurance measurement specialist and team leader. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Inspector and an active member of the American Society for Quality.
Graham McFadden has joined Mack as a quality technician within the MackMedical business group. A Vermont native, he previously worked as admissions representative for Southern Vermont College (Bennington, Vt.) following his graduation from the University of Vermont (Burlington). He holds a bachelor’s in business and finance.
Thomas Jackson, a U.S. Navy veteran, joined Mack’s headquarters facility as a manufacturing engineer, primarily for medical programs. After 24 years of service with the U.S. Navy, he brings complex electronic and electromechanical systems expertise to the table. Most recently, he was a project manager for the Submarine Learning Center, where he was responsible for developing computer-based training for submarine force navigation. Earlier positions included quality assurance officer, where he managed a workforce of over 100; Navigation Division leading petty officer on the USS Albuquerque, where he supervised two work centers; and an instructor at Naval Submarine School (Groton, Ct.).
Catherine Haefs has accepted the position of procurement specialist at the headquarters facility, with a focus on medical supply management. She brings nearly 25 years of account management and product launch/support experience to her new position. Before Mack, she worked for Schleicher & Schuell BioScience, Inc. (Keene, N.H.), which was ultimately acquired by GE Healthcare. She held a variety of customer service/project coordination positions during her 23-year tenure there, including helping with the transition after the purchase by GE. Haefs earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Keene State College (Keene, N.H.).
Mack’s Cavendish plant welcomes two to its manufacturing department, Greg Perkins and Michael Burklund. Perkins brings over 20 years of supply management and manufacturing expertise to his new position as manufacturing supervisor. Previously, he was assembly & chemical operations supervisor for Vishay Tansitor, a broad-line manufacturer of electronic components in Bennington, Vt. Earlier, he was a production supervisor and process engineer for Crystal I.S. & Kyma Technologies, both in N.Y. and N.C. Perkins also served for eight years as a supply specialist in the U.S. Army and New York State National Guard. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in business management and economics at SUNY Empire State College (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and has completed the U.S. Army Advanced Logistics Course with honors.
Michael Burklund, a program/manufacturing engineer at the Cavendish facility, owned and operated an engineering/design consulting firm for eight years before joining Mack. Before that, he was a design engineer for groSolar (White River Junction, Vt.), and earlier, a mechanical engineer for Northern Power Systems (Barre, Vt.). Burklund holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in computer science from Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Ariz.).
About Mack Molding
Mack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 10 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is president and CEO.