Jay Merrill has just accepted the position of materials manager at Mack’s Cavendish, Vt., plant. Most recently, he was continuous improvement manager for the Manufacturing Partnership at UMASS Boston, where he was responsible for work force training and implementation of lean business systems at small- to medium-size businesses.
Earlier, he served a 10-year stint with Freudenberg-NOK, the American partnership of the world’s largest producers of elastomeric seals and custom molded products, where he managed several areas, including purchasing, operations and logistics. Merrill holds an MBA from New Hampshire College, Manchester, N.H., and a bachelor’s from Plymouth State College, Plymouth, N.H. He is also an APICS Certified CPIM and a Six Sigma Green Belt, and has trained and consulted in lean manufacturing techniques.
Mack Molding is further honing its medical manufacturing skill set with the addition of Ed Bolz as senior staff engineer at its headquarters plant, where he will focus primarily on medical device design and product development. He brings over 16 years of medical product design and automation experience to Mack, including a long stint with Sherwood Medical in nearby New York State.
For the past four years, he has run his own engineering design firm in Rochester, N.Y., during which time he also acquired a patent for a self-retracting safety syringe design. Bolz earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Watson School of Engineering.
Darcie Moore has joined Mack’s purchasing department as a procurement specialist, where she will primarily be responsible for procuring components for a complex medical device that the company manufactures as a finished product. Formerly, Moore was marketing and communications manager for a New York email marketing company, where she also completed a graduate internship.
She holds an MBA from The College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y., where she also received the TechConnex Intern of the Year award and was named to the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree with a dual secondary education/mathematics major from Castleton State College, Castleton, Vt.
On the corporate side, Harry Gutheil has accepted the new position of director of finance for Mack Molding, where he will be responsible for managing all finance functions for the company’s seven locations in Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina. He brings a unique blend of financial, operational and international experiences to Mack.
Most recently, he was director of merchandise planning for K B Toys, Inc., at its Pittsfield, Mass., headquarters, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial planning and forecasting for the $1 billion, 830-store retail chain. Earlier, he was director of strategic inventory there, where he drove improvements in purchasing, inventory planning, and product distribution. Before that, Gutheil was a consultant for Bain & Company, Inc., an international management consulting firm headquartered in Boston. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, and a master’s in business administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.