Sam Landol has worked for 27 years in various manufacturing, sales and senior management posts with Polaroid Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. and, since 1991, with Clinton, Mass.-based injection molder Nypro Inc.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute in 1972, Landol joined Polaroid, where his early success in various management posts prompted him to seek an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He secured his master's degree in 1977, and then hired on at Digital Equipment Corp. in Puerto Rico. Four years later he was named president of Digital Puerto Rico, a post he held from 1981-87, when he was promoted to DEC's regional sales manager for Latin America.
In 1991, Landol joined Nypro Puerto Rico Inc. as its president. During his five and a half years there, the operation doubled its sales to $60 million and increased its annual pretax profit sixfold from $2 million to $12 million. In his last two years in this role, 1995-96, he also served as president of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association, a group on whose board he served for a decade.
Nypro Inc. in 1996 promoted Landol to corporate vice president, with direct responsibility for Nypro's operations in Puerto Rico, and the firm's overall development in Latin America, including a March 1999 start-up of Nypro Dominican Republic. In addition, his responsibilities include serving as vice president both of customer satisfaction and of human resources.
The privately owned Nypro Inc. has more than 4,000 employees working in 27 manufacturing plants located in 10 countries, and ranked eighth in Plastics News' most recent ranking of injection molders in North America. The group's total, unconsolidated sales for fiscal-year 1998, including joint ventures, exceeded $448 million, while consolidated sales were nearly $310 million. Net income was just under $21 million.