FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARLINGTON, Vt. (June 10, 2014) – 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.
Commitment to Industry
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.
Commitment to Community
When he relocated to South Carolina, Burns embraced his new community. He served on the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee for seven years, and later became a member of the Board of Directors for the Regent Bank (now Bank of North Carolina), Greenville, S.C.
Burns and his wife, Susan, have two adult children, Jennifer and Michael, and twin grandchildren, Michael and Paige, just 20 months old. Their retirement plans include more time with their growing family. Currently residents of Greenville, they will be moving this fall to Isle of Palms, S.C., where Burns plans to pursue a couple of his favorite pastimes, fishing and golf.
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 president and CEO.