Mack has reshuffled responsibilities and added new staff to the senior management team of its northern division. Set in motion by the retirement of long-term employee Bruce Bixler, who served the company for 36 years, the reorganization tapped internal talent that collectively brings 80 years of plastics industry expertise to the table.
Colety, a 15-year Mack employee, has worked in a variety of managerial roles ranging from molding to manufacturing to plant operations. In his more recent role as Cavendish plant manager, he was responsible for everything from procurement through shipment of plastic molded and assembled products in a 120-person operation that runs 24/7. As director of procurement, his responsibilities extend to all three of Mack’s Vermont operations. Beyond his degree in business administration, Colety has trained in numerous quality, lean, management and statistical techniques.
A 13-year veteran of Mack, Birmingham was manufacturing manager at the Cavendish facility for eight years before being promoted to plant manager. In that role, he had full management responsibility for Mack’s injection molding, assembly and paint operations there. Before that, he was a manufacturing/quality engineer. A graduate of Michigan State University (East Lansing), he holds a bachelor’s degree in packaging. Additionally, he has completed coursework in lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other areas of plastics processing.
Campbell, formerly an operations manager for a Tier 1 automotive supplier, joined Mack’s sales department in 2008. There, he gained critical front line experience, both with customers and the complexities of the program management process. Now familiar with the unique needs of the medical OEM, he has returned to the operations side, where he manages a facility that focuses primarily on medical device manufacturing. Campbell was operations manager for Guardian Automotive (Warren, Mich.), before joining Mack. During his eight-year stint there, he also served as quality assurance manager and quality engineer. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Catawba College (Salisbury, N.C.), and has also completed lean manufacturing modules by Toyota Production System Training and the University of Kentucky.
As quality manager-contract manufacturing, Bickford brings 20 years of Mack experience to his new post at the Headquarters plant, the hub of Mack’s custom manufacturing activity. For much of his Mack tenure, he worked in quality management, during which time he established global off-site repair and final product configuration centers to address the logistical needs of Mack’s customer base. More recently, he added stints in plant and warehouse management. A graduate of Vermont Technical College (Randolph), Bickford holds a degree in electrical/electronic engineering.