The Mack Team celebrates the Holidays with a new Mack Carol for 2018 – Working at Mack Molding Company – to the tune of Winter Wonderland! From our family, to yours, wishing you happy holidays and all the best in 2019.
Each year on Halloween the employees of Mack Molding let their inner ghouls loose by donning costumes and carving pumpkins. Their efforts are rewarded with monetary prizes for group themes and individual categories for scariest, funniest and most original. Similarly our pumpkin carvers can net a little cash for the scariest, funniest and most creative works. And if that wasn’t enough, everyone gets to enjoy some free fresh made Vermont apple cider and cider donuts! Don’t miss out on the fun, if working with this frightfully exciting team sounds good to you visit our job board.
Brad Williams, of Lake George, N.Y., is a senior at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and a 2018 Mack summer intern. Brad has been working in the Company’s purchasing department with Supply Chain Manager Eric White and Medical Supply Chain Manager John Preiser.
“The goal of any ‘good’ internship is one that provides value to both employer and employee. I think we accomplished that with Brad this summer,” Eric said. “It was clear from the beginning that his curriculum prepared him for many of the day to day challenges we face. We had a huge amount of new product introduction activities this summer, and Brad played a significant role in helping out the purchasing department.”
It is a perfect fit for Brad, who is majoring in global supply chain management. He has spent the summer researching current topics and issues regarding supply chains, as well as filling out component quality requirements (CQR) paperwork, cutting purchase orders (POs) and debt memos.
“The work I’ve been doing this summer relates directly to my major,” Brad noted. “I now understand the importance of staying up to date and well versed on any findings in my field. If you don’t, you begin to fall behind.”
“Mack really cares about the work its interns are doing,” he said. “I’ve been working on projects that are giving me real experience and are expanding my knowledge. I’m also glad I get to spend my free time hiking and swimming, and playing my guitar.”
After graduating in December of this year, Brad plans to work in a supply chain buyer position.
One of Mack’s 2018 summer interns is Seth Judson of Sharon, Mass. Seth is a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he majors in biomedical engineering with a concentration in material science.
Seth has been part of the Mack Medical team with Manufacturing Engineer Dick Turner, working on medical device programs. Over the summer Seth incorporated three major areas of focus into is work, including manufacturing engineering, continuous improvement and new process development. The continuous improvement projects have encompassed developing a sensor protector, a device to reduce tool wear and multiple error proofing fixtures. The continuous improvement projects revolved around utilizing SolidWorks 3D CAD software, while the new process development project included initiating process flow diagrams, Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA), line layouts and interviewing potential suppliers of equipment.
“Seth is a very creative individual,” Turner said. “He is always thinking of ways to improve the projects he is working on.”
When Seth graduates in the spring he plans to work in the medical field. Seth heard about Mack Molding from a previous intern who also studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and decided to intern here this summer to learn more about manufacturing engineering.
“After working here at Mack, I have a better understanding of risk management and ergonomics, and will be able to use that knowledge at RPI, as well as in the workforce,” Seth said. “The best part of this internship is being able to do hands on manufacturing. We are able to, not only think of ways to improve processes, but also go out and implement those changes ourselves.”
He is also enjoying the great weather we are having this summer in Vermont.
“One of the best parts of spending my summer here is being so close to mountains for hiking,” he noted.
Company Mobilizes Resources & Personnel to Maintain Competitive Advantage
ARLINGTON, Vt. (Feb. 6, 2018) – Mack Molding, a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, is in the midst of systematizing ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 13485:2016 – the fifth and third revisions, respectively, of the international standards for general quality management and assurance, as well as for medical devices.
Mack’s ISO certifications are critical to not only assuring its customers their products will meet expectations, but also in the Company’s business continuity. More than 140 members of its manufacturing, quality, sales, engineering and leadership teams recently gathered for an in-depth discussion on what the new standards mean for Mack and how they will be implemented. Next Mack will train internal auditors to help ensure it is ready to become certified following audits scheduled to take place in July.
“When we first implemented ISO 9001 in 1990 we were one of a handful of injection molders to do so,” said Mack Molding President Jeff Somple. “It was a great selling point at the time, but today it is a necessity – a license to do business in the highly technical markets we serve. In the early 2000s we implemented ISO 13485 to gain access to the medical device industry, and as a result today we are a stronger, more diverse organization. It has proven to be a competitive advantage for Mack, and the good news is we are already doing most of what the new standards require.”
A significant piece of the new standards is based on risk management and ensuring employees are aligned with organizational goals. This ties in neatly with Mack’s existing strategy for growth. Known internally as the Seven Key Success factors, the Company uses intelligent business growth, total customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, profitability, competitive readiness, risk management and environmental sustainability as its guiding principles.
“We are well on our way to achieving what ISO, and many of our customers, are looking for,” Somple added. “It goes far beyond what most organizations would consider for a quality management system, emphasizing the management piece in ways that have already proven to be our strength. Risk-based thinking is a critical part of engineering, however, we cannot rest on our laurels. That is why Mack is committing the resources and the time to get it right.”
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 11 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is CEO and chairman. For more information, go to www.mack.com.