Ray Burns, president, Mack Molding’s Southern Division, has announced plans to retire effective September 1, 2014. He will have left a significant imprint on both Mack Molding, where he has worked for 33 years, and on the plastics industry, where he has been involved for four decades.
Burns has been president of Mack’s Southern Division for 17 years, which includes two injection molding facilities in Inman, S.C., and Statesville, N.C. “Our Southern Division has enjoyed tremendous growth under Ray’s guidance,” says President & CEO Don Kendall. “He is leaving on a very high note, with sales currently at an all‐time high. I know I speak for the entire Mack family when I say that we have greatly appreciated Ray’s enduring commitment, both to Mack and the plastics industry. While we wish him the very best in his retirement, we will certainly miss him.”
In addition to presiding over the Southern Division, Burns has served on the Boards of Directors of Mack Molding Company and Mack Group, which includes four subsidiaries – Mack Molding, Mack Prototype, Mack Technologies and Synectic Engineering. Mack has annual sales of $300 million and employs approximately 1800 people. Burns joined Mack in 1981 as an account manager at its Arlington, Vt., facility. His career grew along with the company, including stints as vice president of sales; vice president & general manager of the Southern Division; and now president. Before joining Mack, he worked for Nypro, another plastics industry leader, for seven years in both finance and sales.
Beyond his employment history, Burns has supported the growth of plastics through his lengthy involvement in the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). He has served on the New England Board of Directors, Structural Plastic Division Executive Committee, Conference Committee and Conference Chairman, National Processors Council, and Southern Region Board of Directors.
Burns and his wife, Susan, have two adult children, Jennifer and Michael, and twin grandchildren, Michael and Paige. Currently residents of Greenville, they will be moving this fall to Isle of Palms, S.C.
Retirement Triggers Shift in Leadership
Bryan Campbell, formerly plant manager of Mack’s headquarters facility (Arlington, Vt.), has been working with Burns since early June. He will take over as president of Mack South, effective September 1, 2014.
Campbell brings a combination of sales and operational experience to his new role. He joined Mack in 2008 as a program manager, where he gained front line experience. Just one year later, he took that experience to the operations side to manage Mack’s headquarters plant, where he supervised the molding, sheet metal, machining and contract manufacturing operations, and had P&L responsibility.
Before Mack, Campbell was operations manager for Guardian Automotive (Warren, Mich.), a Tier 1 automotive supplier. He had responsibility for multiple plants, including New Bern, N.C. During his eight year stint there, he also served as quality assurance manager and quality engineer.
Campbell holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C., and has also completed lean manufacturing modules by Toyota Production Sytem Training by the University of Kentucky.
Campbell will be joined in Inman by his wife, Dina, and chldren, Kerri Ann, 13, and Andrew, 11.
Lastly, Rich Hornby has been promoted to assume Campbell’s post as headquarters plant manager. Formerly a program manager in the orthopedics unit at Mack, he originally joined the company in 2011. Earlier, he was program manager for Millstone Medical Outsourcing (Fall River, Mass.), where he was responsible for medical device