Mack Group,Mack Molding was named a winner of Managing Automation Communications’ prestigious 2011 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award last week at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Palm Beach, FL. Mack was recognized for redefining the company as a major North American manufacturer in the new millennium. A decade ago, amidst the throes of a recession that drove major technology OEMs to offshore manufacturing, Mack crafted a new business model that would expand its position as both a contract manufacturer for the medical market, as well as a custom plastic molder of super-large parts. With great strides being made on both of those fronts, Mack has concentrated of late on the third leg of the business model ‘ big, bulky, complex products ‘ that diversify its markets beyond medical and emphasizes its services beyond injection molding. ‘This aspect of our business model drives us toward products that are too large to be manufactured efficiently overseas and too complex to be confidently and expediently managed from offshore locations,’ explains Jeff Somple, president, Mack Molding Northern Operations. Examples include a fully automated self-cleaning commercial milkshake blender, mail sorters and production mail systems, solar-powered municipal trash compactors and recycling systems, RFID inventory management systems, and insect control systems for lawn and garden care. In all instances, Mack’s vertical integration of services, including product development, plastics injection molding, sheet metal fabrication, machining, and total product assembly are called into play. Mack was honored along with a list of blue-ribbon manufacturing companies from around the world, including Caterpillar, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ford, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and Nestle. ‘These companies have demonstrated an ability to rethink their businesses and apply advanced technologies in innovative ways that manufacturers everywhere would be well served to emulate,’ says David Brousell, a PM100 judge. ‘The PM100 winners this year are role models for the successful manufacturing company of today and in the future.’ About Mack MoldingMack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 10 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is president and CEO. For more information, go to www.mack.com(link is external). ARLINGTON, Vt. (May 23, 2011) ‘ Mack Molding
Everybody loves a good comeback.The Philadelphia Eagles’ 28 unanswered points in seven-and-a-half minutes to beat the New York Giants in Week 15 was one of the best moments in the 2010 NFL season.Lance Armstrong was given a less than 50 percent chance to live after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. From 1999 to 2005, he won seven Tour de France titles and is still living strong 15 years later.Michael Vick went from being one of the most hated men in football, with little hope of making a statement in the NFL ever again – and now he’s the starting quarterback for the Eagles.Yet, the sports world is still waiting for one more comeback.One year ago, Tiger Woods made his return to golf. After his now-infamous personal life scandal blew up news outlets during Thanksgiving 2009, Woods made his return to golf at the 2010 Masters.Yet, he still hasn’t solidified his comeback.He didn’t quite make the comeback he probably wanted in hopes of making the general public forget about his personal life. Woods has yet to even win an event since.Days after winning the 2008 U.S. Open Woods’ announced he needed knee surgery due to a torn ACL.A year later, his wife found out about his alleged sexcapades.Through 20 events over the past 17 months, Woods’ play hasn’t been anywhere near what it was pre-scandal.Sure, Woods tore his ACL, but he still managed a few wins in 2009 after the 2008 surgery.One year since his return, is it finally time for Tiger to return to the top of the golf world?Well, that depends. Will the old Woods show up or not?Last year, Woods shared a fourth place finish at the Masters and since then has struggled with his short game.This season hasn’t looked too promising for the former course god.Woods opened his season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course and tied for 44th, one of the worst starts of his career.Now only one day into the Masters, Woods finished -1 with 71 strokes, placing him 24th. With two more rounds to play, if there were ever a time for Woods to make a comeback – in the match and his career – it would be now.Ask any athlete and he or she will tell you that your play during the biggest games is what matters most.Take the UConn men’s basketball team, for example. The Huskies finished ninth in their conference with a 9-9 conference record, but charged their way through the Big East Tournament. In the NCAA tournament, UConn upset San Diego State, defeated streaking Arizona and Kentucky, and finally dominated Butler to claim the national title.UConn didn’t have its strongest regular season, but the Huskies won the games that really counted.If there were ever a time for Woods’ pre-scandal, pre-knee surgery self to appear, now would be the time. Now is the time for him to play at his best, ? la UConn through March Madness or the Green Bay Packers through the NFL playoffs.In this year’s field, there really isn’t a front-runner or a favorite to run away with the green jacket.After one day, Rorey McIlroy and Alvro Quiros lead the field at -7 with 65 strokes. Neither McIlroy nor Quiros has ever won a major in their young professional careers.Defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson finished at -2 with 70 strokes in 2010. The only other green jacket winner doing better than Mickelson is Trevor Immelman (-3 with 69 strokes), who won in 2008.If Woods can find the inner strength that formerly captivated golf fans around the world, then expect to see him wearing black and red on Sunday.Despite his rocky start to the season, Woods is still very much in the running to win his first major since 2008. If Woods wins that coveted green jacket a fifth time, don’t expect his comeback to be complete.While a win would certainly launch him into comeback mode, especially with the dismal start he has had this season, Woods’ comeback requires more than just one majors win.A green jacket would start him off on the right foot, but he’ll need to finish the rest of the season strong, with a few more wins if not another major win.Vick wasn’t just named the starting quarterback and then blessed with a complete comeback. He had to work for it, and it wasn’t until he led the Eagles to the playoffs that his comeback was truly solidified.A Masters win for Woods would be like Vick being named starting quarterback. The work is just beginning.While Woods has a decent chance at a major win this weekend, it’s only the start of a longer process for him. Until he returns to being a dominating presence on the course -or at least a shadow of that figure – that process will continue to be ongoing.Kelly is a sophomoreintending to major in journalism. Do you think Woods has a good chance at thisyear’s green jacket? Do you think this could be his comeback year? Let her knowwhat you think at email@example.com follower her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.