ARLINGTON, Vt. (Feb. 7, 2023) – Demand for U.S.-based plastic injection molding and contract manufacturing services remains strong, driving Mack Molding to bring several engineering and business professionals on to the Company’s manufacturing, quality, purchasing and customer management teams in both its Northern and Southern Divisions.
“Mack continues to see significant interest from customers looking to have products manufactured in the U.S.,” said Mack Molding President Jeff Somple. “The market behaviors we saw as a result of the global pandemic and associated supply chain challenges have not changed, and in fact seem to have strengthened in the markets we serve. The latest additions to our team will ensure we continue to rise to the challenge.”
Mack’s Northern Division hired Andrew Sleasman as a Program Manager at the Company’s Headquarters in Arlington, Vt. Sleasman is an experienced mechanical engineer with strong connections to plastic molding and manufacturing. He comes to Mack from Telescope Casual Furniture in Granville, N.Y., where he served as chief industrial engineer. Previously, Sleasman built plastics and manufacturing engineering expertise as a project engineer with Cookson Plastic Molding in Latham, N.Y, and as a design engineer with Environment One Corporation in Niskayuna, N.Y. He has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica, N.Y.
Carolyn Bigwood has joined Mack’s Cavendish, Vt., plant as Materials Manager. Bigwood bring background in operations, project management and inventory control to the Company. She most recently served as operations manager at Whitney Blake Company in Bellows Falls, Vt., overseeing workflow, raw material inventory and safety stocks. She previously served Whitney Blake in roles of increasing responsibility, including production planner and buyer, and materials planning supervisor. She has a bachelor of business administration and management from Granite State College in Concord, N.H.
Daniel Cosachov has been appointed as a Manufacturing Engineering at Mack Headquarters. Cosachov is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y., where he received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with a minor in plastics engineering and technology. Prior to Mack, Cosachov gained engineering experience at PPC Broadband, Inc., where he created and designed products, including prototyping a data distribution device. During a co-op with D&W Diesel, Cosachov increased the production output of remanufactured fuel injection pumps for large diesel engines. He also received Six Sigma Green Belt Certification at RIT.
Mack Headquarters also has welcomed Joe Ireland as a Manufacturing Engineer. Ireland brings more than seven years of design and manufacturing experience to Mack. Prior to joining the team, he most recently worked as an applications engineer with Fluid Power Sales/Applied Industrial Tech. in Baldwinsville, N.Y. During his tenure there, Ireland created technical drawings and schematics, significantly reduced customer machine startup and troubleshooting time by programming real-time diagnostics and helped drive cost reductions and operational improvements. He has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.
Nicole McCarvill, who is no stranger to Mack after serving as a Sales & Engineering intern at the Company’s Headquarters, has joined the team full-time as a Manufacturing Engineer. McCarvill is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., where she received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering. As a Mack intern, she built a built a deep understanding of the Company’s processes and procedures as she assisted the program management team with RFQs and managing pricing updates, as well as creating and routing engineering change orders (ECOs) to obsolete parts, update revisions and provide support documentation for component qualifications.
Also joining the team at Mack Headquarters as a Manufacturing Engineer is Katie Rawluszki, who brings 10 years of engineering experience to the role. Prior to Mack, Rawluszki was product manager, mechanical rolls, at Valmet, Inc., in Federal Way, Wash., where she prepared drawings of major components, facilitated in-house engineering and process improvements, and provided support at customer facilities. Rawluszki previously gained engineering experience as a mechanical design/applications engineer at GL&V USA in Hudson Falls, N.Y. She has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica, N.Y.
Ryan Star has been appointed as a Manufacturing Engineer at Mack’s Cavendish, Vt., facility. Before joining Mack, Ryan worked as a machine operator at Metal-Flex Welded Bellows, Inc., in Newport, Vt., where he was responsible for operating CNC lathes and mills, as well as programming operations and creating manufacturing procedures. Ryan previously gained manufacturing experience at Nevtec, Ltd., also in Newport, where he fabricated sheet metal ductwork. A graduate of Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT, Ryan received a bachelor of science degree in manufacturing engineering technology.
Ryan Murphy has accepted the position of Supplier Engineer on the Purchasing team at Mack Headquarters. Murphy is a recent graduate of Keene State College in Keene, N.H., where he received bachelor of applied science degree in sustainable product design and innovation. Before joining Mack, Murphy gained valuable manufacturing experience as a manufacturing engineering intern with Stanley Back & Decker/Lenox American Saw & Manufacturing Company, where he worked on scrap reduction, optimized cycle times and worked with vendors to research new manufacturing processes.
Another former Mack intern, Guy Milliman, has joined the IT team at the Company’s Headquarters as a Software Applications Engineer responsible for developing applications that bridge manufacturing and IT in respect to process improvements, efficiencies and cost savings. A recent graduate of the University of Denver in Denver, Colo., Milliman has a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering. As a Mack intern, he worked on manufacturing lines creating work instructions, startup procedures, troubleshooting driver boards and assisting with motor assemblies. These skills will serve him well as he drives increased manufacturing performance through the integration of technology.
Hillary Burdick has accepted the position of Procurement Specialist in the Purchasing Department at Mack Headquarters. Burdick comes to Mack with five years of experience in purchasing management and quality control. She most recently served as purchasing manager at Dailey Precast in Shaftsbury, Vt., where she built and maintained relationship with suppliers while managing inventory levels for a large precast concrete business. Burdick also previously served as a customer service specialist with Unishippers of Bennington, Vt., focusing on scheduling shipments and data entry.
Pamela McCloud has accepted the position of Quality Manager within Mack’s Southern Division at the Inman, S.C., facility. McCloud, who is IATF/ISO Global Lead Auditor Certified, comes to the role with more than 20 years of quality and leadership experience. Prior to Mack, McCloud most recently served as quality manager at Diversified Coating Systems, where she provided leadership and facilitated the implantation of company objectives for technical and quality personnel. She also previously managed complaint management at baier & michels GmbH & Co. KG., was quality manager at Crown Group and worked as a quality engineer at Syncreon.
Mack’s Inman plant also has welcomed Allison Stephens as Purchasing Manager. Stephens brings 15 years of account management and procurement experience to the role, with expertise in supply chain management and ERP systems. Prior to Mack, she most recently served a commodity buyer, assistant buyer and material planner Bode North America in Spartanburg, S.C. Stephens previously built purchasing and manufacturing experience as a procurement buyer and planner with Human Technologies, Inc., in Fountain Inn, S.C., as well as a planning manager and SAP super user with Senator International in Spartanburg.
Mack’s Southern Division has welcomed back as Molding Manager at the Inman facility, a role in which he previously served Mack. Perrier brings more than 20 years of injection molding, with expertise in automated equipment, materials processing, Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), lean manufacturing and 5S, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). His strong engineering and tooling background comes from roles such as senior process engineer for Rochling Automotive in Duncan, S.C., as well as a tooling manager, quality engineer and process engineer for Carthuplas Inc., in Gaffney, S.C. Perrier has RJG Master Molder I Certification.
Tanner Webb has been appointed to the role of Manufacturing Engineer at Mack’s Inman, S.C., facility. Webb is a recent graduate of Clemson University, in Clemson, S.C., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. He is a certified Solidworks Associate and Six Sigma Greenbelt. Prior to Mack, Webb worked as a co-op in the quality department on US Engine Valve in Westminster, S.C. Within that role, he gained valuable manufacturing engineering experience, including machine programming, designing improved gages, conducting gage studies and standardizing measurements for a new line of exhaust valves.
Danny Johnson has rejoined Mack’s Southern Division as a Tooling Engineer on the Sales and Engineering team based in Inman, S.C. Johnson, who previously served Mack as a molding process engineer at the Inman plant, brings 35 years of tooling experience to the role, including expertise in debugging and process development. He previously gained valuable engineering and tooling experience at Delta Mold, Inc., in Charlotte, N.C., where he worked as vice president of manufacturing and product development, as well as plant manager.
Mack’s Inman, S.C., facility has welcomed Scott Fowler as a Process Engineer. Fowler comes to Mack with more than 30 years of plastics manufacturing experience. Prior to Mack, Fowler most recently served as a process engineer at Alliance Precision Plastics, where he focused on optimizing molding area performance, analyzing processes and recommending corrective actions, and driving continuous improvement related to cycle times, scrap and energy usage. He previously built expertise in plastics and engineering in supervisor roles at Wilbert Plastics, Jarden Plastics, Mikron and Plastic Injectors, Inc. Fowler is a U.S. Navy Veteran, E-5, and served on the U.S.S. Eisenhower.
Kayla Goucher has joined Mack South’s Sales and Engineering team as a Customer Service Associate based in the Inman, S.C., facility. Goucher brings significant plastics industry experience, with a focus on customer service and account management. Prior to Mack, Goucher most recently served as account manager for Colors for Plastics, Inc., in Spartanburg, S.C., where she managed communications with customers, including troubleshooting, quoting and procedures while focusing on quality and customer satisfaction.
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 12 facilities throughout the world. Will Kendall is President and CEO. For more information, go to www.mack.com.
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