Mack Molding wins international manufacturing award

first_imgMack 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 Moldinglast_img read more

Operation Martillo: U.S., Guatemalan forces make huge cocaine seizure

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – U.S. and Guatemalan counter-narcotics forces seized more than 998 kilograms of cocaine worth upward of US$90 million in the eastern Pacific in early March, authorities said. The interdiction was another success scored under Operation Martillo, a regional counter-narcotics mission that brings together U.S., Latin American and European countries to cut the flow of illicit drugs through Central America. The operation is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, based in Key West, Fla., but it relies heavily on working with law enforcement and military agencies in other countries. “This latest disruption highlights the importance of cooperation with our international partners,” Tom Salter, the director of National Air Security Operations Center in Texas, said in a prepared statement. Guatemalan law enforcement officers worked with agents from the U.S. Custom and Border Protection and Navy personnel to make the seizures from two boats off the coast of Guatemala on March 8 and 9, authorities said. The first came after a Customs and Border Protection crew aboard a US Navy P-3 aircraft spotted a go-fast boat about 193 kilometers west of the Guatemalan coast. The 30-foot, twin-engine boat was traveling north and appeared suspicious, authorities said. A chase ensued, during which the boat tried to evade the aircraft. Guatemalan authorities intercepted the boat and towed it to shore for inspection. The seizure “demonstrates the capabilities of the CBP P-3 aircraft and crews which continue to disrupt the smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations,” Salter said in a statement. In the same area, crews detected a second boat the following day. The USS Gary, a Navy frigate patrolling the eastern Pacific under Operation Martillo, confiscated the drugs. The San Diego-based Gary, manned by a U.S. Coast Guard crew, had previously scored several large seizures, including the interdiction of 499 kilograms of cocaine from a boat off the coast of Colombia in February. “It was a complex operation involving a law enforcement boarding, boat and helicopter searches, precision driving, detainee handling, and multiple deck operations, but Gary’s crew proved they were fully capable of handling it and scored a big win,” Lt. Junior Grade Christian Gotcher said in a prepared statement. By Dialogo March 22, 2013last_img read more